Monday, February 21, 2005

Iraq - Women no better off post-Saddam

Well, they're alive. That's gotta be good.

Al Reuters reports on Al Amnesty Internationale's report on women in Iraq. Just another hit piece on America.

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Nearly two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, women there are no better off than under the rule of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Gee AI, did women in Iraq get to vote freely when Saddam was in power? Did women get elected to serve in a national assembly?

In a report entitled "Iraq -- Decades of Suffering," it said that while the systematic repression under Saddam had ended, it had been replaced by increased murders, and sexual abuse -- including by U.S. forces.

What does Al Reuters offer as proof?

Amnesty said several women detained by U.S. troops had spoken in interviews with them of beatings, threats of rape, humiliating treatment and long periods of solitary confinement.

AI conveniently fail to tell us why they were detained. It might have a bearing on the truth of their charges.

"Within their own communities, many women and girls remain at risk of death from male relatives if they are accused of behaviour held to have brought dishonour on the family," Amnesty said, noting some attempts by religious zealots to make the laws even more repressive against women.

That happens in most if not all Muslim countries; hardly the US fault.

But on the positive side, the report said several women's rights groups had been formed -- including ones that focused on the protection of women from violence.

Alright AI, let me get this straight. Women can now vote freely, be elected to a national assembly, form women's rights groups and are not in a mass grave but they are worse off now than when Saddam was putting them and their kin in mass graves?


1 comment:

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