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Human Rights Watch condemns situation in Iraq

Despite Iraq having numerous governmental and nongovernmental human rights groups, the state of human rights in the country is dismal, according to Human Rights Watch.
An empty cell is seen during a media tour arranged by the Iraqi authorities at a prison, known as Camp Honor, inside Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone May 17, 2012.  Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday Iraqi authorities were still running a jail they said had been shut over a year ago after reports of prisoners being beaten and electrocuted, but the government denied this, saying the site was empty.    REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR3272R

Though Iraq has a human rights ministry, a special parliamentary committee for human rights and dozens of organizations that monitor the country's human rights situation, the practical results of these efforts are pitiful. Iraq still ranks very high among global human rights violators in areas such as torture in prisons, freedom of expression and journalist safety. 

In its World Report 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented numerous cases of torture, arbitrary arrests and other human rights violations in Iraq, describing the overall human rights situation in the country as “poor.” According to the report, detainees, journalists, activists and women are the most affected by human rights violations in Iraq. 

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