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Press Release: Torture by British troops in Iraq typical of Occupation Armies throughout History

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IHRC condemns in the strongest terms the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by British occupation troops. ---------------------------------------------------
Islamic Human Rights Commission
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19 January 2005

Press Release: Torture by British troops in Iraq typical of Occupation Armies throughout History

IHRC today condemns in the strongest terms the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by British occupation troops. Reports of such torture by both American and British occupation troops have been widespread throughout the region, yet have been categorically denied by both governments.

The gruesome images released today constitute a damning indictment of the occupation of Iraq. Hitherto, the British government have distanced themselves from the torture committed by American troops. Today, it is obvious that nationality is irrelevant when it comes to human rights abuses; where there is occupation for self-interest, there will inevitably be abuse.

IHRC Chairman, Massoud Shadjareh stated:

“Torture and abuse are and have always been typical features of occupation for self-interest. Whether in Nazi Europe, Algeria, Palestine, Vietnam, Ireland, or the Balkans, occupation armies have always committed inhumane atrocities against the civilian population. Only an immediate end to the occupation can ensure an end to the abuse.”


For more information please contact, info@ihrc.org.

Notes to Editors

1. IHRC's briefing 'War Crimes: A Historical Analysis' is available to read at http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1120

Islamic Human Rights Commission
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