December 12 2005

Friends of Humanity Newsletter )
14th Issue December 12 2005
In this issue

  • Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror
  • Abuse Cited In 2nd Jail Operated by Iraqi Ministry
  • Police say mini bus explosion kills three, injures 13 in east Baghdad
  • Italian court orders Iran bank account freeze
  • Iran-Nuclear: Mullahs’ nuclear file must be referred to Security Council – Norwegian parliamentarian

    Last Saturday was the International Human Rights day when the declaration of Human Rights was passed by the United Nations.

    Unfortunately after 58 years, dictators are yet to be bound by these agreements.

    How can you expect a regime which relies on oppression for survival, to respect Human Rights?

    Only those governments will respect Human Rights that have been elected democratically and have to answer to the public.

    After 58 years, Human Rights has not been able to find its place in politics. On the other hand politics has been able to misuse Human Rights quite well.

    Today’s top news is about the discovery of two new jails in Iraq, filled with tortured victims and the people who managed these jails were either Iranians or had lived in Iran for many years before the fall of Saddam.

    It seems like that the Iranian dictators are now expanding torture beyond their geographical borders.


    Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror

    AMMAN – An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special forces said on Sunday he witnessed horrific scenes of torture in Iraqi prisons and accused a Shiite militia of being responsible.

    “It was horrific. Thousands of detainees, often teenagers, beaten, burned, receiving electric shocks, then the majority killed,” Muntazar al-Samarrai, who fled Iraq for Jordan five months ago, told AFP.

    In video footage Samarrai said he filmed at one detention center, men show whip marks and acid burns. One of them has lost an eye. Another’s legs are broken. Still another has nails driven into his body.

    The video also shows the mutilated corpses of three men who Samarrai said died as a result of torture.

    Abuse Cited In 2nd Jail Operated by Iraqi Ministry

    Official Says 12 Prisoners Subjected to ‘Severe Torture’

    By Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, December 12, 2005

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 — An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.

    An Iraqi official with firsthand knowledge of the search said that at least 12 of the 13 prisoners had been subjected to “severe torture,” including sessions of electric shock and episodes that left them with broken bones.

    Police say mini bus explosion kills three, injures 13 in east Baghdad

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An empty minibus loaded with explosives detonated near a hospital in east Baghdad Monday, killing three people and injuring 13, police said.

    Other violence in and around Baghdad killed another six people, bring the total to nine. A total of 21 people were injured.

    In the minibus attack, Lt. Mohammed Khayoun of the Baghdad emergency police said it exploded near the al-Kindi hospital and east Baghdad’s Nadhaa bus station. The driver of the van abandoned it on the street and ran, he added.

    Italian court orders Iran bank account freeze

    Monday Dec 12, 2005 – An Italian court ordered a freeze of all Iranian embassy bank accounts in that country, on charges of supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

    The bank accounts which held well over 640 million dollars, provided financial support for the groups.

    According to informed sources, the court made the decision following reports that Iran spends one million dollars yearly to support Palestinian groups and 75 million dollars yearly to support international terrorism.

    The source emphasized that the freeze of bank accounts had nothing to do with the remarks Iran president Ahmadinejad had made regarding Israel.

    Iran-Nuclear: Mullahs’ nuclear file must be referred to Security Council – Norwegian parliamentarian

    New aspects of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program were disclosed in a press conference in Oslo on Thursday,8 December

    In this press conference the speakers emphasized that it was time to end the policy of appeasement in light of its obvious failure following Ahmadinejad’s appointment as the mullahs’ president and called for referral of the regime’s nuclear file to the UN Security Council.

    Mr. Morten Høglund, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, called for a firm policy against the clerical regime if an inevitable war should be avoided. He referred to the past experience of dealing with the regime and reiterated that nothing will be gained by engaging the regime and it would only give the mullahs ample time to complete their nuclear weapons program.

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