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Iraq: Man at risk of torture after brother dies

, Index number: MDE 14/012/2011

An Iraqi man detained on 7 March 2011 by a joint US-Iraqi force in Iraq is at high risk of torture after his brother, detained with him, reportedly died in custody.

UA: 81/11 Index: MDE 14/012/2011 Iraq Date: 18 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
MAN AT RISK OF TORTURE AFTER BROTHER DIES
An Iraqi man detained on 7 March by a joint US-Iraqi force in Iraq is at high risk of torture after
his brother, detained with him, reportedly died in custody.
Khalil Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri, a school teacher, was arrested together with his brother, Ayad
Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri, in the early hours of 7 March in Tikrit,140 km north-west of Baghdad. A
joint US-Iraqi force raided their house, and took both brothers away. On 8 March the family of Ayad and Khalil
received a call from the morgue in Tikrit asking them to collect Ayad’s body. Members of the family were informed at
the morgue that the US forces had brought Ayad Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri‘s body. According to the
family, the body had visible bullet injuries, including in the head and chest.
Khalil Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri‘s family was informed by local authorities that he was initially held in
US custody in Tikrit and transferred to the Iraqi government’s Anti-Terror Department in Baghdad on or about 10
March. His family and lawyer have not been able to visit him and have not been informed whether any charges have
been brought against him.
Amnesty International wrote to the US forces in Iraq on 10 March requesting clarification on where Khalil Ibrahim
Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri is being held, the reason and legal basis for his arrest, and calling for him to be
protected from torture or other ill-treatment. However, to date, the organisation has not received any answer.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in in English, Arabic or your own language:
Calling on the Iraqi authorities to allow Khalil Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri immediate access to his
family and lawyer.
Calling on the Iraqi authorities to release Khalil Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri without delay unless he
has been charged with a recognizable criminal offence and will be tried in full conformity with international fair trial
standards and without recourse to the death penalty.
Calling on the authorities to ensure that Khalil Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri is not tortured or
otherwise ill-treated.
Calling on the Iraqi and the US Forces in Iraq authorities to ensure that an independent investigation is held to
determine the cause and circumstances of the death in custody of Ayad Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Azzawi al-Jibbouri and
to bring to justice any members of the security forces or others found responsible for unlawful killing, torture or
other serious violations.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 29 APRIL 2011 to the Iraqi Embassy in your country, addressed to:
Prime Minister and Acting Minister
of Defence and Interior
His Excellency Nuri Kamil al-Maliki
Prime Minister
Convention Centre (Qasr al-Ma’aridh)
Baghdad, Iraq
Salutation: His Excellency
And copies to:
Minister of Justice
His Excellency, Hassan al-Shemri
Minister of Human Rights
His Excellency, Mohammad Shayaa
al-Sudan
Please also send appeals calling for
an investigation into the killing of
Ayad to the US Embassy in your
country and addressed to:
General Lloyd J. Austin III
Commanding General
United States Forces- Iraq (USF-I)
Baghdad, (Green Zone)
Iraq
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date.
Date: 18 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
MAN AT RISK OF TORTURE AFTER BROTHER DIES
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Torture and other ill-treatment were widespread in Iraq before the US-led invasion in 2003 and continued in prisons and
detention facilities controlled by coalition forces and the new Iraqi governments. After US forces handed over thousands of
prisoners to Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010 without any guarantees that they will be protected, there is every
likelihood that torture and ill-treatment will remain widespread. Urgent action is needed to end the pattern of abuse and to help
the victims and their families.
Amnesty International has recently highlighted the pattern of torture in the following reports:
Broken bodies, tortured minds: Abuse and neglect of detainees in Iraq (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE14/001/2011/en)
New order, same abuses: Unlawful detentions and torture in Iraq (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE14/006/2010/en)
UA: 81/11 Index: MDE 14/021/2011 Issue Date: 18 March 2011

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