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Iraq: State cruelty: branding, amputation and the death penalty

, Index number: MDE 14/003/1996

In 1994 the Revolutionary Command Council in Iraq introduced a series of decrees which called for amputation of hands and ears and branding of the forehead and execution for at least 30 criminal offences. AI has received reports of hundreds of individuals who have been subjected to such punishments and calls on the government of Iraq to abolish these penalties immediately.

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