Iraq: Local forces ‘commit abuse’

Iraqi security forces systematically abuse prisoners, a US-based human rights group reports.

Unlawful arrests, torture and the long-term isolated detention of detainees – including children – are “routine”, Human Rights Watch says.

Of 90 prisoners interviewed by the group since 2003, 72 said they had been abused by the new Iraqi authorities.

HRW acknowledged Iraqi security forces were targeted by insurgents but said this did not justify prisoner abuse.