By: FA ME
Over the past 4 or 5 months, there was a big highlighting for Iraqis suffer outside Iraq, the Arabic media and other humanitarian agencies have urged to discuss the hardships and the case of Iraqi refugees whose requests for asylum were and will be rejected by mainly European states.
Taking advantage of what many in Iraq see as ‘murky deals’ Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zaibari forged into agreements, several European states have began rounding up Iraqi refugees, dumping them in detention centers prior to having them hand-cuffed and then dragged into Iraq-destined planes by force.
It is still not clear how and why Zaibari singed those agreements which ostensibly have sparked denunciation and indignation from both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government in Arbil.
Analysts say Zaibari rushed the agreements in return for ‘political commission’ the terms of which may require setting up an independent investigation.
One cannot understand how Zaibari could sleep well at the sight of Iraqi children born in Sweden and forced to interrupt their education and sent home by force.
Perhaps he has not read Swedish media reports on the planeloads of Iraqi refugees, some of them dragged from hospital beds, and drugged on the way home to keep them quiet.
The reports have raised an avalanche of condemnation in Sweden but still Zaibari remains unperturbed.
The U.N. refugee organization (UNHCR) has denounced the forced repatriations and so have human rights groups. But our Foreign Minister remains unflinching in his position.
UNHCR officials say they have not seen the agreements Zaibari’s Foreign Ministry signed with countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway. And even if such an agreement exists, they say, it violates human rights. The reasons are obvious to everyone but Zaibari’s Foreign Ministry.
Iraqis in question have nothing left to return since they had lost, and for the lucky ones, sold, everything they had back home and paid the returns to smugglers on their way to safety.
The government itself is in no position to provide decent living conditions for the refugees sent home by force.
Does Zaibari realize the dangers involved in the agreements he singed and which certain European countries use as a pretext for the forced repatriation of Iraqis?
Violations inside the governmental prisons:
Iraqi prisoners are being tortured and sexually abused, said a senior human rights official.
Fawziya al-Jashami said she had seen “horrific traces” of torture during a visit to a prison in the southern Province of Babel of which Hilla is the capital.
“I saw types of torture which are so vicious and horrific that I cannot describe them as a woman.
“It is a kind of sexual torture which one is ashamed to talk about and occurs for the first time in Iraq,” Jashami, who heads the Human Rights Committee in the province, said.
Following her fact-finding mission to one of the province’s jails, she said she was appalled by what she saw and heard.
“Every inmate has about 30 square centimeters of space because of overcrowding,” she added.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki defended his security forces’ record. Addressing senior officials from the ministries of Interior and Defense, he said: “Pay no attention to those who take human rights as an excuse to achieve their aims … if everyone is innocent, then who is responsible for the destruction of the country and the killing of innocent people,” Maliki said.