Iraq: Still paying a high price after a decade of abuses- ?Neither the Iraqi government nor the former occupying powers have adhered to the standards required of them under international law and the people of Iraq are still paying a heavy price for their failure.? said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International.
Torture is rife and committed with impunity by government security forces, particularly against detainees arrested under anti-terrorism while they are held incommunicado for interrogation.
?Death sentences and executions are being used on a horrendous scale,? said Hadj Sahraoui, ?It is particularly abhorrent that many prisoners have been sentenced to death after unfair trials and on the basis of confessions they say they were forced to make under torture.”