Torture ongoing in Iraqi jail despite documentation: HRW

19 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officers at a detention facility in the onetime jihadist stronghold of Mosul have continued to torture detainees despite rights defenders’ efforts to intervene, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

HRW documented new torture allegations early this year at the Faisaliya prison in northern Iraq, around six months after publishing a report on what it said were “chilling” abuses there and in two nearby facilities, reports AFP.

The rights group said it had reached out about last year’s allegations to the Iraqi premier’s office, the foreign ministry and the interior ministry, without response.

“If the Iraqi government ignores credible reports of torture, it’s no wonder that the abuses persist,” said Lama Fakih, HRW’s deputy Middle East director.

“What will it take for the authorities to take torture allegations seriously?”

The new reports come from a detainee held in Faisaliya in early 2019.

He described guards beating groups of naked detainees on their feet with plastic piping until they confessed to being affiliated with the Islamic State jihadist group.