View Full Version : Human rights minister denies the existence of secret prisons in Iraq

01-02-2013, 10:41 PM
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 13:23

http://www.shafaaq.com/en/images/2013/1/1/cms-image-000030046.jpgShafaq News / Iraqi Human Rights Minister, Mohammed Shiyaa al-Sudani confirmed that the doors of the prisons in Iraq are open to international human rights organizations, denying the existence of secret prisons in Iraq.
Sudani said in a televised interview briefed by "Shafaq News" that "" the rumors about the existence of secret prisons in Iraq and that what is being said about some parties and political movements or even the government of owning secret prisons are untrue, it comes within the intimidation and disinformation method practiced by some parties by TV satellites and political figures.”
"Human rights in the new Iraq are considered a new concept after an era expanded for more than 35 years of huge violations of Iraqi human rights and the absence of this concept, whether at the level of institutions or at the level of the laws that govern and regulate these rights."
“Saddam’s regime had practiced clear media blackout on what happened in Iraq and that the worst historical abuses took place during the dictatorial regime against the Iraqi people, noting to the presence of tons of documents chronicling the violations."

Sudani added that "the Ministry of Human Rights has held conferences in London and Geneva at the headquarters of the United Nations in the Human Rights Council to clarify the dictatorial regime violations as Halabja massacres, execution of the scientists and the mass graves through documentary films and photos."
Human Rights Watch organization revealed in a report on Tuesday, that the government of Prime Minister , Nuri al-Maliki is still practicing mass arrests and arrest the detainees without legal justifications in the notorious secret prison inside the Green Zone.
The organization pointed out that the prison "Ashraf Camp " as it is called is still being used despite the Iraqi government's pledge to close it last year when Human Rights Watch managed to document acts of torture practiced widely in that prison.