IRAQ SECURITY FORCES ABUSE WOMEN PRISONERS

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BAGHDAD: Thousands of women are being illegally held in Iraqi prisons, where they suffer torture and other forms of abuse, including sexual assault, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The allegations, detailed in a report based on the testimony of female detainees, their relatives and lawyers, prison medics, court documents and meetings with officials, lend credence to one of the central claims made by disaffected Sunni Arabs frustrated with the Shiite-led government. HRW said that women in Iraqi prisons—the vast majority of whom are Sunni—have reported being beaten, kicked, and slapped, given electric shocks, and raped, while others have been threatened with sexual assault, sometimes in front of male relatives.

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