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IMIS detained, tortured Mosul civilians - HRW

Detained Iraqis
Iran-backed militias in Iraq (IMIS) arbitrarily detained at least 100 men last month, in some cases torturing them during interrogations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report issued on Monday. 

HRW interviewed three men from al-Hadar, a village located in west of Mosul city, Nineveh Governorate, who were detained by IMIS and two local officials who had knowledge of the detention operations in the area.

The men said the fighters detained them as they fled their homes because of the fighting, and held them for up to 15 days in a school building and in one case a home in an area solely under IMIS control. 

Their captors interrogated them about possible ISIS links, and in two cases beat them with thick metal cables, before releasing them and a small number of other detainees. 

Other detainees told them they had also been beaten during interrogations.

Given the previous track records of IMIS abuse in the area of screening and detaining local men, Baghdad should treat these findings with the gravest concern, said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW. 

She added that authorities should do all in their power to ensure that families fleeing the fighting around Mosul are able to get to safety, not tortured in secret facilities.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi should issue a decree banning screening and detention by IMIS and hold those who have committed abuses accountable.

The United Nations Convention against Torture, which Iraq ratified in 2011, obliges member countries to investigate and prosecute torture and to compensate victims.
Last Modified: Monday، 22 May 2017 01:39 PM