|NABA PRESS RELEASE MAY 2004
BRITISH ARABS SHOCKED AT PICTURES OF TORTURED IRAQIS
The National Association of British Arabs wishes to express the shock and disgust of the half-million strong British Arab community at the photographs of tortured and humiliated Iraqi prisoners. Many Iraqis were tortured and raped as an instrument of terror by Saddam’s secret police, and most thought those days were now behind them. However, it appears
that a combination of torture, humiliation and male rape as a strategy of terror is now being used by the US occupation forces.
This comes after the spectacle of US Marines aping Saddam’s method of punishing an entire city by killing civilians (in Fallujah) with air-strikes and artillery, and threatening to desecrate the holy city of Najaf in order to suppress a Shia uprising. President Bush claimed as his excuse for the war that he wanted to bring ‘democracy and freedom’ to Iraq. Now that
we see that the so-called ‘transfer of sovereignty’ is only nominal, the siege of Iraqi cities, the killing of civilians and the torture and sexual abuse of prisoners has exposed that the Occupation regime is behaving much as Saddam did.
We urge the British government to demand the prosecution of all US soldiers and security firm contract workers by an independent court at The Hague for human rights violations of the Geneva Convention, and for a genuine transfer of full sovereignty and authority under UN auspices to a freely elected Iraqi government to be carried out immediately.
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