For Iraqi women, America’s promise of democracy is anything but liberation

February 27, 2013 at 11:16 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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For Iraqi women, America’s promise of democracy is anything but liberation

Iraq’s jailers learned their abuses from the allied occupiers. And under today’s sectarian regime, women are under assault

An Iraqi woman walks past a British soldier and military vehicle with a poster of a dollar bill with the Arabic writing: You can get some money, in exchange for some information

An Iraqi woman, in 2008, walks past a British soldier and military
vehicle with a poster of a dollar bill inscribed, in Arabic: ‘You can
get some money, in exchange for some information.
‘ Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/AFP/Getty Images

A decade on from the US-led invasion of Iraq, the destruction caused by foreign

occupation and the subsequent regime has had a massive impact on Iraqis’ daily

life – the most disturbing example of which is violence against women. At the

same time, the sectarian regime’s policy on religious garb is forcing women to

retire their hard-earned rights across the spectrum: employment, freedom of

movement, civil marriage, welfare benefits, and the right to education and

health services.

Instead, they are seeking survival and protection for themselves and their

families. But for many, the violence they face comes from the very institution

that should guarantee their safety: the government. Iraqi regime officials

often echo the same denials of the US-UK occupation authorities, saying that

there are few or no women detainees. An increasing number of international

and Iraqi human rights organizations reports otherwise.

The plight of women detainees was the starting point for the mass protests

that have spread through many Iraqi provinces since 25 December 2012.

Their treatment by the security forces has been a bleeding wound – and

one shrouded in secrecy, especially since 2003. Women have been

routinely detained as hostages – a tactic to force their male loved ones to

surrender to security forces, or confess to crimes ascribed to them.

Banners and placards carried by hundreds of thousands of protesters

portray images of women behind bars pleading for justice.

According to Mohamed al-Dainy, an Iraqi MP, there was

1,053 cases of documented rape (pdf) cases by the occupying troops

and Iraqi forces between 2003 and 2007. Lawyers acting on behalf

of former detainees say that UK detention practices between 2003

and 2008 included unlawful killings, beatings, hooding, sleep

deprivation, forced nudity and sexual humiliation, sometimes

involving women and children. The abuses were endemic, allege

the detainees’ lawyers, arising from the

“systems, management culture and training” of the British military.

These same occupation forces trained Iraqi forces. Abuses often

occurred under the supervision of US commanders, who were

unwilling to intervene, as the Washington Post reported:

“Of all the bloodshed in Iraq, none may be more disturbing than

the campaign of torture and murder being conducted by

US-trained government police forces.”

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IRAQ: Erbil hosts a conference in support of Women

January 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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IRAQ: Erbil hosts a conference in support of Women

Alsumaira TV reports, “With the participation of Iraqi and foreign organizations and in the presence of Ambassadors to Iraq and officials from Kurdistan and Baghdad, Arbil hosted a conference on the role of women in building peace and reconciliation in Iraq. The conference criticized the political parties in Iraq and the central government over ‘marginalizing’ women in the new government.” The conference ends today, it was a two-day conference. It was an international conference. And it says a great deal about the English-speaking press, or rather, the lack of coverage does.

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Were this a business conference, there would be the financial press covering it as well as write ups in the general press. Were it on cholera or any of the illnesses that so frequently plague Iraq, the health press would cover it and the general press would do a few write ups. Were it on ‘security,’ the entire press would be ga-ga over it ‘reporting’ with advertising copy. But when the conference deals with women, where’s the press?

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