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Iraq: Fallujah Abuses Test Control of Militias | Human Rights Watch

The announced investigation into allegations of abuse of civilians around Fallujah by Iraqi government forces is a test for the government’s ability to hold abusive forces accountable. Judicial officials should conduct this investigation transparently and impartially, assess command responsibility, and ensure protection for victims and witnesses.

One of over 600 men and boys treated at Amiriyat al-Fallujah hospital who, according to individuals who interviewed many in the group, were abused Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces abused them in Saqlawiyah after capturing the village from ISIS. © 2016 Private

One of over 600 men and boys treated at Amiriyat al-Fallujah hospital who, according to individuals who interviewed many in the group, were abused Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces abused them in Saqlawiyah after capturing the village from ISIS. © 2016 Private

Ahead of the offensive in Fallujah against forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that his government had taken measures to protect civilians. Human Rights Watch, however, has received credible allegations of summary executions, beatings of unarmed men, enforced disappearances, and mutilation of corpses by government forces over the two weeks of fighting, mostly on the outskirts of the city, since May 23. On June 4, 2016, in response to allegations of abuse, al-Abadi launched an investigation into abuses in Fallujah and issued orders to arrest those responsible for “transgressions” against civilians. On June 7, al-Abadi announced the “detention and transfer of those accused of committing violations to the judiciary to receive their punishment according to the law.”

Source: Iraq: Fallujah Abuses Test Control of Militias | Human Rights Watch

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