Iraq: The need for security
"No one is safe." "We need security, not food." "Were too scared to go out." Time and again such sentiments were voiced by Iraqis to teams of Amnesty International (AI) delegates in Basra, southern Iraq, from 24 April. This report, based on research carried out by AI delegates in Basra in April, May and June, demands urgent action from the occupying powers to protect the lives, security and well-being of the Iraqi people. It focuses on the situation in one city, but the lawlessness and lack of security are prevalent in many parts of Iraq and the situation in Baghdad may be even worse.