Baghdad / National News Center
Today, Tuesday, the United Nations issued a report on the implementation of justice and an end to torture through accountability, compliance and prevention in Iraq.
The United Nations report, which was reviewed by the National News Center, stated that “the full implementation of the preventive legal framework in Iraq will help prevent torture and ill-treatment, and thus build public confidence in the criminal justice system.”
The report of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), entitled “Human rights in the administration of justice in Iraq: legal requirements and procedural safeguards to prevent torture and ill-treatment.”
The report added, "There is an effort to prevent torture in places of detention in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, by identifying and reducing risk factors and eliminating potential causes."
"No circumstances, however exceptional, justify torture or any form of impunity," said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
She Blaschart: "I encourage increased efforts towards the prevention and accountability, in line with Iraq 's obligations under international and domestic law."
The report covers the period from July 1, 2019 until April 30 / April 2021 and is based on interviews with 235 people deprived of their freedom. More than half of all detainees interviewed by UNAMI/OHCHR for this report provided credible and credible accounts of torture – consistent with patterns and trends documented in the past by UNAMI and other organizations. other.
The results show, according to the report, that "most of the legal requirements and procedural safeguards that can prevent torture have not been respected routinely. This raises concerns about the lack of effective legal oversight to address the reality of interrogation rooms and places of detention, perpetuating the cycle of acquiescence and denial.”
The report notes that “the lack of access to defense is widespread; inadequate medical examination; lack of transparency regarding the security services that have official powers of detention; interrogations aimed at extracting confessions; Along with concern that list to address the complaints of torture mechanisms appear to be ineffective. " In
turn, head of the Human Rights Office said in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq, Daniel Bell, said that" Enact an effective legal framework criminalizing torture and enforce independent national prevention and investigation mechanisms, as stipulated in the next five-year National Human Rights Action Plan in Iraq, that would help address the persistent lack of accountability for perpetrators of torture.
Bell added, "Compliance with legal obligations and procedural safeguards and providing effective remedies to torture victims will promote change and build confidence in the Iraqi legal system."
The report, "specific recommendations on compliance with the framework of the protection provided for in international law and the Iraqi, training and review of the legal and policy framework, including the rules and practices of interrogation."
The report reflects the United Nations continued engagement with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to promote the rights of Human and its protection in the enforcement of justice in Iraq.