Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-14-04

Iraqi Female Prisoners Face Trauma Even After Release

Women's rights and human rights advocates fear that whether or not there was widespread sexual abuse of female prisoners in Iraq, the women who were imprisoned face even more problems upon release. In Iraq, women who are raped are sometimes killed by male relatives in order to preserve family “honor.” A member of Iraqi’s Board of Islamic Clergy, Sheik Mohammad Bashar Faydhi, stated that a woman who suffered sexual abuse in prison may be in danger from her own society if her family finds out or even thinks that she was raped, reports the LA Times. Being raped, he said, “is like being sentenced to death,” according to the Times.

Already unofficial reports are emerging that female prisoners have been sexually abused, forced to strip naked, and were beaten by guards. However, only one case of rape has been documented (in the United States Army report on Abu Ghraib), possibly because Iraqi women are afraid to speak out. A leading Iraqi human rights activists told the Scotsman that she has “been unable to meet with any [women] … They are reluctant to come forward.” According to the Guardian, the Pentagon has in its possession photos and videos showing American soldiers raping Iraqi female detainees and forcing female inmates to strip naked.

In addition, some of the Iraqi women who have been imprisoned have not been charged with any crime. Instead, the United States arrested them because they were the wives or relatives of prominent Baath party members. The Guardian reports that US Army officials stated that they detained these women as a means to get information about their male relatives – a practice that goes against international law.

Media Resources: LA Times 5/1//04; Guardian 5/12/04; Scotsman 5/14/04


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/23/2014 UConn to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement - The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX. . . .
 
7/23/2014 100 Days Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls - 100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. . . .
 
7/22/2014 Louisiana Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue - Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana. The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue protesters have moved these forceful assemblies to doctors' private residences, riling neighbors in the process with their megaphones, explicit and invasive signage. . . .