Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Iraqi judges frequently disregard allegations of torture by security forces and convict suspects based on confessions that are credibly claimed to be a result of such abuse.
“Torture is rampant in Iraq’s justice system, yet judges lack instructions for responding to torture allegations,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
Defendants, she said, "won’t be able to get a fair trial so long as the security forces can freely torture people into confessing.”
Concern around the use of torture by Iraqi security forces has increased considerably since the government’s mass arrests of thousands of ISIS suspects. Although Iraq is a party to the United Nations Convention against Torture, it has no laws or guidelines directing judicial action when defendants claim torture or other mistreatment has occurred.