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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Leaked Red Cross report: systemic widespread abuse

The Wall Street Journal reports on a leaked confidential Red Cross document assessing the condition of detainees held in US custody in Iraq (archived on The Daily Kos). This report was presented to authorities in October of 2003. Documents such as this one are standard procedure for ICRC's work visiting prisoners world-wide, and are intended for only for the authorities for which they were prepared.

Interestingly, while simultaneously expressing disappointment that the report had been leaked, the ICRC noted that it had "repeatedly made its concerns known to the Coalition Forces and requested corrective measures prior to the submission of this particular report" (emphasis mine).


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