First Published: 2008-10-30

 
Iraq MP: 420 secret detention centres in Iraq
 

Al-Dainy calls on UN to investigate detention centres controlled by both Iraq government, US-led forces.

 

Middle East Online

Al-Dainy: ‘conditions there are much worse than in official prisons’

GENEVA - An Iraqi parliamentarian on Thursday called on the United Nations to investigate what he said were over 400 secret detention centres in the country controlled by both the government and US-led foreign forces.

Mohammad Al-Dainy told a news conference in Geneva there were at least 420 such places, some of them underground.

"These centres of detention are completely illegal. Nobody can visit them. Conditions there are much worse than in official prisons," he said.

Al-Dainy said he met officials from the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and non-governmental organisations during his visit.

The ICRC said it has not yet reached an agreement with the Iraqi government on visiting prisons under their control.

"We only have access to three sites under the control of the Iraqi authorities," spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas said.

 

US criticises Shiite name of Iraqi military operation

Libya PM survives assassination attempt

Syrian refugees ignored at Turkey poll campaign

Israel warplanes strike Gaza after rocket attack

Director 'shocked' at Morocco’s prostitution film ban

German court rejects Yemenis' case over US drone killings

Kuwait emir urges Muslim states to fight extremism

NY Times journalist has Turkish citizenship revoked

Military site inspections necessary to Iran deal

Iraqi forces on outskirts of Ramadi

Pro-government fighters retake Yemen city from Shiite rebels

Libya militias trap civilians in Benghazi

EU border agency plans to expand migrant rescue operation

Syria state TV blames ‘foreign enemies’ for signal jamming

Palestinians and jihadists clash in Yarmouk

Iraq refugees forced back into conflict zones

Kuwait restores Islamist lawmaker's citizenship

Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Iran

Iraq launches operation to drive ‘Islamic State’ from Anbar

New airport in restive eastern Turkey

Iran ‘thwarts’ US cyber attack on Oil Ministry’

Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza for 48 hours

Litany of problems keep Iraqi army weak and ineffective

Rouhani: most Iranians favour peace

Iran Foreign Minister discusses Yemen conflict in neutral Oman

Palestinians dismiss Netanyahu initiative

Three Moroccans jailed for homosexuality

Oxfam: 16 million Yemenis have no access to clean water

US, Iraq at loggerheads over Ramadi

Soldier kills comrades in Tunisia barracks shooting

Netanyahu names rightist ally as new Foreign Ministry chief

Iraq rejects US criticism of security forces over defeat in Ramadi

Hezbollah captures hilltops from Qaeda wing in Syria

Saudi Shiites hold mass funeral for victims of mosque bombing

Sudan targets newspapers in major media crackdown

Iran looks forward to total lifting of sanctions

Syria regime launches air raids around Palmyra

Hezbollah urges broad support for ‘existential battle’ in Syria

Fierce fighting rocks Yemen as peace hopes fade out

Olmert sentenced to eight months for corruption

Nobel Prize-winning John Nash killed in car crash

Fukushima nuclear plant wins Qatar contract

Blow to Yemen peace efforts as UN conference postponed

US accuses Iraq forces lacking will to fight IS

Weakened by war, Syria regime appears ready for ‘de facto partition’