Execution Crisis in Iraq

    Executions in Iraq have recently reached their highest levels since the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s government. 132 executions have been reported this year, but it is likely many more have been concealed by the government. The vast majority of those sentenced to death were not given fair trials and were forced to give false confessions. It is likely that the victims of the Iraqi government were also tortured before their deaths. Phillip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International, provides an interesting perspective on this issue, “Iraq’s increased use of the death penalty, often after unfair trials in which many prisoners report having been tortured into confessing crimes, is a futile attempt to resolve the country’s serious security and justice problems,”


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