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Iraq: French Citizens Allege Torture, Coercion

Expand The entrance to the Karkh branch of Iraq’s Central Criminal Court. © 2019 Khalid Mohammed/AP Images   (Beirut) – Two French citizens tried in recent days in Iraq for affiliation with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) have alleged that they were tortured or coerced to confess, Human Rights Watch said today. Seven French citizens were sentenced to death in the trials between May 26 and 29, 2019, and another’s verdict was postponed. At least one defendant said that Iraqi officers tortured him and another said that officers forced him to confess under duress and to sign a statement…

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