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Iraq: Human rights briefing

, Index number: MDE 14/004/2010

As Iraq prepares to hold national parliamentary elections on 7 March 2010 a fresh wave of political violence has erupted in recent weeks resulting in further killings of civilians. Almost seven years on since the toppling of Saddam Hussain and the United States-led invasion, the human rights situation in the country remains grave. This briefing summarizes Amnesty International’s main human rights concerns in Iraq which include detention without charge or trial, torture and other ill-treatment, the extensive use of the death penalty, unfair trials, violence against women, impunity and abuses by armed groups.

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