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prosecute anyone believed responsible for torture, unlawful killings and other abuses in Iraq?

GENEVA – The United Nations' top human rights official called on Tuesday for the U.S. and Iraq to investigate allegations of detainee abuse contained in Wikileaks' release of American military documents.

The online whistleblower put out nearly 400,000 field reports by American soldiers on Friday. Many of them contained reports of severe abuse by Iraqi forces, and showed that U.S. troops did not intervene to halt the violence in many cases .

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the information adds to "concerns that serious breaches of international human rights law have occurred in Iraq."

Pillay said that the U.S. and Iraq should prosecute anyone believed responsible for torture, unlawful killings and other abuses.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:54 PM on Oct. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Absolutely they should be prosecuted! No excuses...
    Anouck

    Answer by Anouck at 3:06 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • IDK.

    Thats what a war is...It's horrible, and shitty, and terrible things happen.

    I think it's unrealistic to expect people to turn the killing machine switch on & off at the drop of a hat in a war zone.

    If you don't want people to die then don't start a war.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:31 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • Are we prosecuting EVERYONE who is responsible for atrocities...or just Americans?!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:34 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • There's also a rule that says we're not allowed to interfere in the way a country handles things. Not saying I agree with the treatment, or soldiers looking the other way. Just saying maybe they thought they'd be in violation of that rule if they stepped in.
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 4:34 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • I agree, but there are rules and we did sign the agreement, helped write it.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins


    We wrote those rules to help (ourselves) people feel better about killing people. "Ya see...we're not murderers...we follow rules before we kill someone".


    There is no nice way to have a war...killing people, is killing people, is killing people.


     

    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:54 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • It would be interesting to see how Iraq does with prosecuting the IRAQIS accused of the crimes.

    Keep in mind that US military were under extreme scrutiny by the press to show that they were actually turning over responsibility for security TO THE IRAQIS. ... Remember all the accusations about the US trying to "run things", about how we never intended to let Iraq rule itself, that the US was an invader and our troops were an "occupying force"

    So they HAD TO prove, week in and week out, that they were giving Iraqi forces sovereignty over their own criminals.

    ... And NOW they are bad guys for going along with the liberal demands of those who opposed the US presence in Iraq ?!

    ... And what do you think it would have been like for these victims if there had been ONLY Iraqi jailers capturing and detaining them - with NO time in the hands of the US ?! ... ... Quite possibly they would have disappeared without any record.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:53 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101026/ap_on_re_eu/un_wikileaks


    The documents show that U.S. forces turned detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse.


    They also show that U.S. interrogators continued to question Iraqi detainees, some of whom were still recovering from injuries or whose wounds were still visible after being held by Iraqi security forces.


    Defense Department spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters the Pentagon suspects Wikileaks may have even more classified U.S. data than previously reported, but declined to characterize it.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:55 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • Hell yeah they should be prosecuted! No on should get away with that.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:55 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • Definitely. ANYONE who was involved all the way up to the top if necessary.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 3:11 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

  • If we are in the governmental actively and recruiting our forces to do their jobs, it's not enough to watch unless the Iraqi's took our military's ammunitions and defense weapons away by force. If we then didn't have defense strategy it may have been entirely impossible to defend these people.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Oct. 26, 2010

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