Friday, September 30, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
US soldiers trade photographs of Iraqi dead for pornography, no charges
Chris Wilson, owner of the site, is quoted as saying
It's an unedited look at the war from their point of view. ... There's always going to be a slant from the news media. ... And this is a photo that comes straight from their camera to the site. To me, it's just a more real look at what's going on.In seven day's time Army investigators will conclude that they have too little evidence to pursue criminal charges. The site owner will state to journalists that the Pentagon never contacted him about the photographs.
On 8 October 2005, the site owner will be arrested on obscenity charges. Ironically, the charges will be directed at the sexual content of the site, not any of the pictures of dead Iraqis.
Monday, September 19, 2005
International human rights removed from Iraqi constitution
All individuals have the right to enjoy the rights stated in international human rights agreements and treaties endorsed by Iraq that don't run contrary to the principles and rules of this constitution.The new version now reads (translation from this site):
Restricting or limiting any of the freedoms and liberties stated in this Constitution may only happen by, or according to, law and as long as this restriction or limitation does not undermine the essence of the right or freedom.Human rights watchdog Amnesty International will express concern at the move, stating
While the proposed new Constitution of Iraq encompasses many positive human rights provisions, removing this provision is a serious step backwards ... These treaty obligations to respect fundamental human rights were not respected under Saddam Hussein but the inclusion of Article 44 in the new Constitution represented a real opportunity for Iraq to open a new chapter in human rights protection. It is one that must not be lost.
Friday, September 09, 2005
UN raises concerns over killings, torture by Iraqi govt
- conducted mass arrests and held people in detention for long periods without charge
- tortured people in police stations and premises owned by the Interior Ministry
- had sectarian death squads within the police forces commit extrajudicial executions
Thursday, September 01, 2005
London bomber says invasion, torture motivated him
Your democratically elected governments continue to perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world.
Your support for them makes you directly responsible ... until we feel security, you will be our targets. Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people, we will not stop.