BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Iraqi interim government is not keeping its promises to honor and respect basic human rights of prisoners, says a U.S.-based human rights group.
Unlawful arrests, torture and the long-term isolated detention of detainees, including children, are "routine," according to Human Rights Watch.
Since 2003, the group interviewed 90 prisoners and 72 said they had been abused by the new Iraqi authorities and the Iraqi forces and international advisers have been allowing abuses to "go unchecked" in the name of bringing stability to Iraq, the BBC reported Monday.
"The people of Iraq were promised something better than this after the government of Saddam Hussein fell," said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "Sadly, the Iraqi people continue to suffer from a government that acts with impunity in its treatment of detainees."
The report does not examine prisoners held by U.S. or coalition forces.
HRW acknowledged Iraqi security forces have been targeted by insurgents, but it said that fact did not justify prisoner abuse.