Iraqis march in Baghdad torture protest

[JURIST] Nearly 400 Iraqi protesters marched in western Baghdad Sunday demanding an end to detainee torture and the release of detainees while calling on the international community to pressure the US and Iraq to prevent further abuse. The mostly-Sunni protest came as Iraqi officials met in Egypt for a reconciliation conference organized by the Arab League [official website]. Iraqis have become increasingly angry about detainee abuse since US troops found 173 malnourished and tortured detainees [JURIST report] in an Interior Ministry prison in Baghdad last weekend. Although the US says it tries to ensure humane treatment for detainees in Iraqi custody, minority Sunnis believe that the abuses by Shiite-led Interior Ministry jailers could not have occurred without US knowledge. US officials hope that intense pressure on the Shiite-led government to punish any Iraqis guilty of torture will help the US gain Sunni support and lead to a strong Sunni turnout in the December 15 national elections. AP has more on Sunday's protest, with additional coverage of Sunni skepticism of US efforts.

 

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