ACLU reports new complaints of abuse in Iraq, says US military failed to investigate

[JURIST] More complaints of abuse of Iraqi detainees by the US military have surfaced, including reports of electric shocks and sodomy, according to newly obtained military documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union [official website; JURIST Hot Topic]. While it is unclear how many of the reports detail new instances of abuse, the ACLU charged the military Monday with not adequately investigating the complaints, an allegation the military denied. Abuses reported in the documents took place at several locations, although many were at Adhamiya Palace, a former Saddam Hussein villa in Baghdad. The ACLU obtained the new documents, which detail complaints from the time of the abuses at Abu Ghraib up to as recent as this July, through a Freedom of Information Act request. Read the ACLU press release and the newly obtained military documents. The ACLU has a compilation of government documents detailing abuse reports. The Defense Department has more on its detainee investigations in Iraq. The New York Times has more.

 

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