Amnesty reports on Iraqi torture claims

Amnesty International has launched a memorandum detailing allegations of torture by coalition forces in Iraq.

The methods of torture reported to the organisation include sleep deprivation, being restrained in painful positions while exposed to loud music, hooding and exposure to bright lights.

Former detainees also told Amnesty that Iraqis were being held in tents in extreme heat, denied access to adequate drinking water and forced to wear the same clothes for two months. They also complained about soldiers smashing their way into cars and cupboards even when their owners offered keys.

Mahmoud Ben Romdhane, head of Amnesty's delegation to Iraq, said that after more than 100 days of occupation, the promises of human rights for all Iraqis have yet to be fulfilled.

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