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The Legacy of IraqFrom the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'$
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Benjamin Isakhan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696161.001.0001

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Torture at Abu Ghraib: Non-disclosure and Impunity

Torture at Abu Ghraib: Non-disclosure and Impunity

(p.50) Chapter 3 Torture at Abu Ghraib: Non-disclosure and Impunity
The Legacy of Iraq

Aloysia Brooks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses some of the long-standing social and political impacts of the torture of prisoners in Iraq by Coalition forces, and reflects on the consequences of the culture of silence and impunity that has typified torture in the so-called War on Terror. More specifically, it explores the culture of silence and non-disclosure that has led to further human rights abuses globally, including the exportation of torture techniques used at Abu Ghraib prison to different parts of the world, the increased public acceptance of torture in countries such as the United States and Australia, and the marginalisation and vilification of certain groups within the global community. Finally, the chapter explores the importance of acknowledgement, transparency, and accountability in relation to torture and for the broader promotion and protection of human rights, and the achievement of long-standing peace in the region.

Keywords:   Iraq War, torture, Abu Ghraib prison, human rights abuse, silence, Coalition forces, impunity, War on Terror

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