USA: ‘Judge us by our actions’: A reflection on accountability for U.S. detainee abuses 10 years after the invasion of Iraq

A decade after the invasion of Iraq, the US government clearly does not consider full accountability for war crimes and human rights violations committed by US forces in Iraq and elsewhere to be a legal requirement. The world has seen how the USA has repeatedly failed to “deal with the wrongdoing”, and how today it remains in serious breach of its international obligations on truth, remedy and accountability on the human rights violations that took place at the hands of US personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo and at undisclosed locations.

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