Human Rights Watch accuses the government of arbitrary arrests and torture of children
"Trials are often based on fabricated charges and confessions obtained under torture," the organization said in its report.
The report accused the Iraqi authorities and the authorities of the Kurdistan region of "arresting and often pursuing children with any alleged links Badash, and torture them to extract confessions and sentenced to prison after a quick and unfair trials."
The report quoted the director of advocacy at the Children 's Rights Division Joe Baker, saying "children are being held accused of belonging to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , tortured and prosecuted regardless of their level of involvement with the organization. This repressive approach is unfair and will create lasting negative consequences for many of these children."
The report claimed that "the Iraqi authorities and the authorities of the Kurdistan region uses security checks are flawed many and often lead to the detention and prosecution of children, regardless of whether they had a relationship with Daash and the extent of their involvement with the organization."
The organization estimates that "at the end of 2018, Iraqi authorities and the authorities of the Kurdistan region were holding about 1,500 children because of their alleged affiliation to Daqash." According to Iraqi government authorities, at least 185 foreign children were convicted on terrorism charges and sentenced to prison.
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