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Sunday, November 2, 2008

US torturing females in Afghan & Iraqi prisons.

British Muslim journalist Yvonne Maryam Ridley

British Muslim journalist Yvonne Ridley has sharply criticized the US for its inhumane treatment of female detainees in Afghanistan.

In a press conference with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan last Tuesday, she also questioned the arrest of a Pakistani female doctor on charges of 'attacking' two US soldiers in Kabul.

The former Taliban hostage condemned the detention of neuroscientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, saying it was a scenario beyond even Hollywood scriptwriters.

"She has been continuously abused over the five-year period since she and her children were kidnapped," the Daily Times quoted Ridley as saying.

"There are many Muslim women held cap
tive by American forces and if the public remained silent, they would lose their sisters forever," she added.

Ridley also expressed doubt over the identity of Priso
ner No. 650, an unknown woman believed to have been raped and tortured in Bagram prison.

“I can tell you categorically Prisoner 650 is not Dr. Aafia,” continued Ridley.

US sources have claimed that Prisoner 650 w
as repatriated to her country of origin three years ago.

She said prisoners who fled the notorious Bagram prison have recounted the story of a female detainee who
was "brutally tortured" and "repeatedly raped."

"The cries of a helpl
ess woman used to echo in the jail that prompted prisoners to go on a hunger strike," she concluded.

Iraqi females suffer in US custody

Iraqi women in the US custody

Hundreds of Iraqi women are being held under humiliating conditions in the US custody in Iraq, without being charged, a report indicates.

According to released Iraqi prisoners, female detainees are being raped by US troops and forced into undressing in front of the guards, Wisam Al-Bayati, Press TV correspondent in Baghdad reported Sunday.

"What I have suffered inside American prisons is so terrible that I can't express in words" a former prisoner told Press TV. She explained that she was detained during a US raid on her house in Diyala.

"They took me to get information about my husband and they kept me for one year and a half without being charged," she added.

The report said most of the female detainees are being held only for being married to Iraqi 'wanted fighters'. The occupiers use the arrest to put the Iraqi fighters under pressure.

Human rights activists in Iraq have urged the world community to bring to trial the violators of human rights in the country, but no step has been taken so far.

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