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UN report warns of human rights violations in Iraq

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) [official website], in its second bi-monthly human rights report [text, DOC] covering the period from September 1 to October 31, on Monday warned of human rights violations in Iraq [press release, DOC] in light of the increased number of detainees held on terrorist-related charges [JURIST news archive]. UNAMI said that Iraqi police and special forces do not consider human rights when they make security sweeps, stating that forces continue to disregard guidelines administered by the minister of interior to safeguard individual guarantees during searches and detaining operations. The report also suggested that bombing campaigns against civilians and mosques by insurgents is resulting in community relations that are "descending into a pattern of fear, animosity and revenge." AFP has more.

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