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Ministry of Justice denies inhumane condition of Basra prison

Ministry of Justice denies inhumane condition of Basra prison

Iraqi ministry of justice denied on Saturday a video that was circulated earlier on social media networks that exposed the inhumane treatment that Basra prison inmates are suffering.

The ministry said that these footage belongs to Muhandesien Police Station in Basra. The ministry asserted that the administration of Basra's central prison is taking into its consideration international human rights standards.

These campaigns aim to defame the government as the Iraqi security forces had achieved their victory in Mosul, the ministry added.

This comes in the wake of a report published by The Baghdad Post that exposes the inhumane condition of inmates in Basra prisons.

The video in the report shows a prison cell packed with inmates, which will lead to a humanitarian disaster as the temperatures sometimes hit 50 ºC.

Most of the prisoners spent years in the jail without any accusations. Others face fabricated charges on political and sectarian motives. 

There are grave violations and abuses committed against inmates in Iraqi prisons, experts and watchdogs say.

According to Human Rights Watch, over the past three years, more than 9,000 have been sent to jail on alleged ISIS-related charges.

Human rights activists asserted that even if the ministry's denial to these video were true, Police stations' cells also must take into consideration the inmates' human rights.

Last Modified: Sunday، 16 July 2017 03:33 PM
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