May 29 2009

Taguba: Abu Ghraib Photos Show Rape and Sexual Abuse

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http://www.kelebekler.com/blogfig/abu_ghraib.jpgIn an interview this week with a British newspaper, a former US general revealed that allegations of rape and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops are confirmed in photographs. Former Major General Antonio Taguba was quoted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that unreleased photos from Abu Ghraib show a female Iraqi prisoner being raped by a male soldier, as well as a male prisoner being raped by a male interpreter. There are also photographs of a female prisoner being forced to undress to reveal her breasts, and other prisoners being sexually assaulted with objects including a “truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.” President Obama recently reversed a campaign position by refusing to release photographs of detainee abuse from Iraq and Afghanistan, saying they would endanger US troops if exposed. The ACLU and Physicians for Human Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in 2004 when the first of the Abu Ghraib photos were released. It is not clear whether the photos that Taguba was referring to in his interview with the Telegraph were the same as those in question between the White House and human rights groups. Taguba led the inquiry in 2004 into the Abu Ghraib prison abuse. Incidents of rape and sexual abuse of detainees have been documented through witnesses and survivors but it was not clear until now that photos of the abuse exist.

GUEST: Jonathan Hutson, Chief Communications Officer at Physicians for Human Rights

Read the Daily Telegraph article here: http://www.alternet.org/rights/140311/report%3A_unreleased_abu_ghraib_abuse_photos_%27show_rape%27/

Read PHR’s report about the Abu Ghraib torture here: www.brokenlives.info

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