September 14, 2005

U.S. slammed for human rights violations in Iraq.

By the Iraqi government, surprisingly.

Iraqi justice minister Justice Minister Abdul Hussein Shandal has condemned the US military for holding thousands of Iraqis for long periods without charges.

"No citizen should be arrested without a court order," he said this week, complaining that U.S. suggestions that his ministry has an equal say on detentions were misleading.

"There is abuse (of human rights) due to detentions, which are overseen by the Multinational Force (MNF) and are not in the control of the justice ministry," said Shandal, a Shi'ite judge respected for standing up to Saddam Hussein on the rule of law.

The minister also wants changes made to the US Security Council resolution that gives sweeping powers to the 'multinational force' led by the US, including immunity from Iraqi law.

"The resolution ... gives immunity to the MNF and means taking no action against the MNF no matter what happens or whatever they do against the people of Iraq," Shandal said.

"We're hoping to make more efforts with the Security Council and the whole United Nations to end this resolution or amend it so that anyone who violates Iraqi law or assaults any citizen is held accountable," he said. "This is a matter of sovereignty."

Via Reuters.

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