View Full Version : UN: Iraq’s Courts Accept Torture & Abuse of Due Process

04-01-2015, 03:15 PM
Iraq has long been known for having a flawed justice system. The 2005 constitution and other legislation ensure due process and protections against torture, but those are rarely followed. Due to the fact that the Iraqi courts rely so heavily upon confessions to decide cases and the history of abuse within the system dating back decades there is a built in bias to force detainees to admit to crimes. Other issues routinely occur as well such as the denial of lawyers and the ability to form a defense, and misapplying terrorism charges. The United Nations released a report (http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Report%20on%20the%20judicial%20response%20to%20all egations%20of%20torture%20in%20Iraq.pdf) in February 2015 alleging that the root problem lies with the Iraqi judges who do nothing about torture charges and overlook other violations.

continued (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2015/04/un-iraqs-courts-accept-torture-abuse-of.html)