Iraq embarks on a new ‘execution campaign’
Azzaman, July 5, 2011
The Iraqi government has approved court decisions calling for the execution of 291 more Iraqis found guilty on charges of terrorism.
The ruling to execute so many Iraqis in one batch was signed by Vice-President Khudair al-Khuzai.
Thousands of Iraqis have been executed since 2009. The former human rights minister, Wajdan Michael, estimated that more than 12,000 Iraqis have been executed in the past two years.
The Iraqi judicial system and the powers executing the constitution and legislature might want to win Iraq yet another bad record in disrespect of human life.
The court system in the country is still in its adolescence and the sectarian, factional and ethnic strife gripping the country casts doubt on the legitimacy of thousands of arrests and court decisions.
Stories of confessions taken under torture abound in the Iraqi press and arrests made with no convincing evidence are normal, particularly in restive areas.