Out-of-Control Human Rights Abuses in Iraq - by Stephen Lendman
On February 21, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) press release headlined, "Iraq: Vulnerable Citizens at Risk," announcing its new report titled, "At a Crossroads: Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years After the US-Led Invasion." Besides many others, two previous articles discuss more, accessed through the following links:
The top link explains that over the past two decades, America devastated Iraq by genocide, vast destruction, terror, occupation, and contamination - a monstrous combination of unspeakable ongoing crimes.
At issue is:
-- controlling the region's oil, gas and other strategic resources;
-- remaining permanently in the Middle East and Central Asia, besides all other parts of the world; and
-- achieving unchallengeable full spectrum global dominance over all land, sea, subsurface, space and information.
As a result, in the last decade alone, millions died from Washington's imperial wars, other violence, disease, depravation, torture, unimaginable human misery, and starvation. Hundreds more daily increase the numbers. Yet no one has been held accountable, despite outrageous crimes of war and against humanity - clear violations under international and US law. The regional people await justice so far not forthcoming.
Today, HRW said women, journalists, detainees, and marginalized groups are especially at risk in Iraq. During 2010, it conducted research in seven cities, interviewing activists, lawyers, journalists, religious leaders, former and current detainees, security officers, victims of violence, and others.
According to its Middle East director, Joe Stork:
"Today, Iraq is at a crossroads - either it embraces due process and human rights or it risks reverting to a police state."
Of course, it's been that throughout America's occupation, the puppet Iraqi government and local security forces taking orders from Washington.
As a result, "(b)eyond the continuing violence and crimes associated with it (for eight years), human rights abuses are commonplace," ones Iraqi satraps commit and/or ignore.
HRW says after years of US occupation, "the country's transition to a functioning and sustainable democracy built on the rule of law is far from accomplished." In fact, America tolerates democracy nowhere, including at home.