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Iraq: Appeals Courts Ignoring Torture Claims

Expand Presidency of the Federal Court of Cassation of Baghdad © 2019 SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Image (Beirut) – A close study of appeals court decisions in terrorism-related cases in Iraq shows that judges in close to two dozen cases in an 18-month period appeared to ignore torture allegations or to rely on uncorroborated confessions, Human Rights Watch said today. Some of the torture allegations had been substantiated by forensic medical exams, and some of the confessions were unsubstantiated by any other evidence and were apparently extracted by force, including by torture. In each of these…

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