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Baghdad holds detainees in ‘horrendous conditions’: HRW

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Author: AFPWed, 2017-03-15ID: 1489519325887656300BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Interior Ministry is holding over 1,200 men and boys suspected of ties to Daesh in “horrendous conditions” without charge at facilities south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.Security forces are searching for Daesh elements trying to sneak out of the city among civilians.“The Iraqi Interior Ministry is holding at least 1,269 detainees, including boys as young as 13, without charge in horrendous conditions and with limited access to medical care at three makeshift prisons,” HRW said in a report.“At least four prisoners have died, in cases that appear to be linked to lack of proper medical care and poor conditions and two prisoners’ legs have been amputated, apparently because of lack of treatment for treatable wounds,” the watchdog said.The ministry’s spokesman said he could not comment on the report until it had been reviewed by the minister.The facilities are located in Qayyarah and Hamam Al-Alil, said HRW, which visited some of them earlier this month.The rights group said that the makeshift prisons were under the authority of the intelligence service, which is interrogating people handed over by security forces fighting the terror group.Iraq was under heavy pressure to improve its procedures for the Mosul operation after people reported torture and other abuses during screening of those who fled Fallujah, which Baghdad’s forces retook from Daesh last year.While changes do seem to have been made, the HRW allegations indicate that significant problems remain with screening procedures — problems that breed anger and resentment that drive more people into the arms of militants.
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