mercredi 5 novembre 2008

Iraqi Prisoners of War and Detainees in Iraq

The World Commission for the Solidarity with POWs and detainees in Iraq (WCSPD) held a press conference in Brussels-Belgium, Tuesday November 4th, at 10:30 a.m.

(please see my previous posts announcing this conference)

Several Iraqi intellectuals and activists from France, Canada and from the Check Republic spoke at this press conference; their objective was to draw the world’s attention to the appalling conditions and the brutal treatment of the Iraqi prisoners in U.S. detention camps and also in the detention centers which are run by some Iraqi militias. To date, thirty of these detention centers have been identified, but dozens of others exist all over Iraq. Thousands of women and even children under the age of 14 are also being detained in these centers where they are submitted to torture and rape.

They urged the European journalists to visit these detention centres and not to remain silent about the abuses to which the Iraqi prisoners, the majority of whom were arbitrarily arrested, are subjected in these camps.

Besides the journalists from Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia, etc. the Press Conference was attended by:

Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front Europe Representative
Afram Yakoub, Project Director of the Assyria Council of Europe
Dirk Adriaensens, BRussels Tribunal
Hana Al-Bayaty, BRussels Tribunal
Merry Fitzgerald, Committee for the Defense of the Iraqi Turkmens’ Rights

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