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Jul 16 2010

20 year old iraqi woman raped and tortured by US-Soldiers

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I was here, on the stairs by the door when a car pulled up with four men. My daughter was on the upper floor, I was on the ground floor. The four men got out of the car and approached me. They were armed, they put guns to my head and said come with us. I screamed and said take the pistol away. My daughter started to scream. They pulled my hair and pushed me in the car and they started shooting at the house, more than fifty shots. My daughter was screaming the whole time. Many neighbors started to shoot too, but they couldn’t catch them.

In the car they made me put my head down between my legs, and put a pistol to my head. They said that if I moved my head I’d be killed, so I don’t know where they took me…. [Then they took me into a building where] they were hitting me on the head and arms, and I still can’t stretch out because my whole body hurts. They used hot water on my head, my eyes still burn from that and my arms. They raped me, in many, many ways. They kept me until the next day, I begged them, I said I have a young child, I said she might die if I leave her alone. And so then they left me alone. When I came home my appearance was so bad, my hair was a mess, my mouth was bloody and my legs too. They burned my legs with cigarettes. They bit me, on my shoulders and arms. All of them raped me, there were five or six more than the four who kidnapped me, there were ten of them total and I was raped by all ten of them.

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Jun 17 2010

US Practicing Systematic Rape, Torture, Sadism Against Women in Iraqi Prison Camps

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The General Secretary of the Union of Political Prisoners and Detainees in Iraq, Muhammad Adham al-Hamd declared that the US occupation administration in Iraq relies on systematic rape, torture, and sadistic treatment of Iraqi women prisoners in its prison camps in the country. Al-Hamd said that the enormous crimes being committed against women in the prison camps in occupied Iraq have the support and blessings of the US military, for whom the practices serve as a means to bring psychological pressure on men engaged in the Resistance, in an attempt to break their spirit and fighting will.

Muhammad Adham al-Hamd made the comments in a statement regarding reports that confirmed the presence of large numbers of women in the American-run prison camps – women who are detained solely to be raped and abused in order to bring pressure upon their husbands, brothers, sons or fathers.

Al-Hamd declared that the women prisoners are subjected to strip searchs, torture, rape, and psychological and physical humiliation by the police and prison administrators. Their clothing is removed and they are deprived of food and water for days in order to break their will.

Al-Hamd said that teams from the International Red Cross and groups operating under the umbrella of the United Nations have been prevented from visiting the detention centers and learning about what goes on there. Rarely do these organizations demand to visit prisons and detention centers because of the lack of security and the fact that the sectarian militias control the facilities.

International bodies and reports of the puppet “Human Rights Ministry” under the US-installed regime warn of an enormous human disaster that is likely to happen as the currently circulating epidemics of cholera and AIDS spread within many of the prison camps.

But the American practices of imprisoning and savagely treating women is, in fact, backfiring, al-Hamd said, pointing to a study done in central and western Iraq that showed that the arrest of just one Iraqi woman would drive 1,000 men to take up arms and attack US troops and their puppet regime allies in defense of the woman’s honor and dignity.

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Jun 17 2010

US-Soldier admits rape

Published by under Iraq

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Jun 16 2010

British soldiers accused of raping Iraqi man

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British soldiers accused of raping Iraqi man

• Labourer says he was assaulted at Basra army camp in 2003
• Alleged victim’s lawyers plan to sue the government
Vikram Dodd
14 September 2009

The Royal Military police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that British soldiers repeatedly raped and mutilated an Iraqi civilian, the Guardian has learned. Next week, lawyers for the man will issue legal proceedings against the government in the British civil courts. Their barrister is Sir Ken Macdonald QC, who was the top prosecutor in England and Wales until last year. The government has ordered an investigation into the claims, but is refusing to hold an independent inquiry.

The man was working for the British army as a labourer at Camp Breadbasket in Basra, the scene of other abuse allegations. In May 2003, he was caught up in a raid to catch people stealing supplies. He alleges that two soldiers raped him, subjecting him to a 15-minute ordeal, then slashed his arms and body with a knife. He was treated in hospital for the cuts and the Royal Military police are understood to have secured the medical records. The victim was 18 at the time and said he was so traumatised he tried to kill himself.

The man does not want his real name to be known but is called Samir in his witness statement. He claims he was attacked after accidentally entering a room where two male soldiers were engaged in a sexual act. His witness statement says: “The room was fairly small, perhaps about four metres by four metres.” He says one soldier pulled him into the room and punched him in the face, while another blocked the exit: “The man who had punched me was stronger than me, he grabbed me by the neck and kicked my legs from under me and I fell to the floor. I fell on my back. He took out a knife and held it against my neck … I was terrified that they were going to kill me at this point. The other soldier started to rip my trousers down … I started screaming. He then pulled my underwear down. All this time the other man was holding me down and putting the knife against my throat. They then flipped me on to my stomach.”

Samir says both soldiers then took it in turn to rape him, then slashed him with the knife, leaving him in “unbearable” agony. He says he left the room and other soldiers helped him to get medical attention for the knife wounds.

His solicitor, Daniel Carey, says witnesses confirm the victim was taken into a room by British soldiers, only to return looking distressed. Carey also said: “The psychiatrist’s, conclusions were that he was suffering from depression, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety as a result of the incident. We also interviewed two other Iraqis who were present with [the victim] at the base and saw him enter the room where he says he was raped and witnessed his distress and injuries following the attack.”In the witness statement, Samir says: “It fills me with such shame to talk about this, even with my solicitors. I have broken down telling them of what happened.”

Samir said he had not told his wife or family what allegedly happened to him. Mazin Younis interviewed the man for the Iraqi League, a human rights group, and said: “Because the shame of rape in the conservative culture of Iraq is so pervasive, most Iraqis you talk to tell you they would much prefer death. It took immense bravery on the part of Samir to come forward and talk. Samir was not an insurgent. He was never a member of the Ba’ath party. He was simply accused of being a thief in a war-torn country, and now he must live with the trauma of rape for the rest of his life.”

The British government, in letters seen by the Guardian, is trying to have the legal case struck out. It says the fact the victim waited six years to make his claim means he has not brought his case in time. Carey said: “I deplore the government’s cynicism in seeking to avoidany accountability by relying on technical rules of the court about the delay in bringing the claim.” The armed forces minister, Bill Rammell, said: “Allegations must not be taken as fact and formal investigations must be allowed to take their course without judgments being made prematurely.”

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Jun 15 2010

Abeer Qassim Hamza Memorial

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Abeer Qassim Hamza

Abeer Qassim Hamza Memorial

Click HERE to watch ‘Redacted’ the dramatisation of this story

This  is dedicated towards spreading awareness of the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl named Abeer Qassim Hamza by American soldiers on March 12th, 2006.

We feel that this is a tragedy and that people should hold gatherings to remember that even if a single individual (especially if the person is a woman and/or a child) is brutally murdered during the occupation of Iraq, this death will not be forgotten.

Abeer Hamza lived with her mother and father (Fakhriya Taha Muhasen, 34, and Qassim Hamza Raheem, 45, respectively) and their three other children, a daughter – 6-year-old Hadeel Qassim Hamza, a son – 11-year-old Mohammed and his 9-year-old younger brother Ahmed. Their house was situated approximately 200 meters (220 yd) from a six-man U.S. traffic checkpoint southwest of the village of Yusufiyah which lies west of the larger township of Al-Mahmudiyah.

According to her neighbours, Abeer spent most of her days at home as her parents would not allow her to go to school because of security concerns. The American soldiers would often watch Abeer from their checkpoint, doing her chores and tending the garden. The neighbours had warned Abeer’s father of this but he replied it was not a problem as she was just a small girl.

Abeer’s brother Mohammed (who survived along with his younger brother due to being at school at the time of the killings) recalls that the soldiers often searched the house. And on one such occasion  Steven Dale Green ran his index finger down Abeer’s cheek, which had terrified the 14 year old girl.

Abeer’s mother told her relatives before the murders that, whenever she caught the soldiers staring at Abeer, they would give her the thumbs-up sign, point to her daughter and say “Very good, very good.” Evidently this had concerned her and she made plans for Abeer to spend nights sleeping at her uncle’s (Ahmad Qassim’s) house.

On March 12, 2006 the soldiers at the checkpoint had been drinking alcohol and discussing plans to rape Abeer. In broad daylight they walked to the house (not wearing their uniforms) and separated Abeer and her family into two different rooms. Steven Green then murdered her parents and younger sister, while two other soldiers raped Abeer. He then emerged from the room saying “I just killed them, all are dead”.He then raped Abeer, shot her in the head and proceeded (along with the other soldiers) to set fire to the house and bodies.

The neighbours were among the first to discover the scene. One recalled “The poor girl, she was so beautiful she lay there, one leg was stretched and the other bent and her dress was lifted up to her neck.”

Rest in Peace Abeer Hamza

AUGUST 19th, is the day she would have been celebrating her birthday

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