Arabs Want International Tribunal: for US War Crimes
05 May 2004 03:35 GMT
Attorney Guy Womack told NBC television that Specialist Charles Graner "was following orders ... The people we should hold accountable are the people above them who gave those orders."
The Arab world has shouted it's agreement in a swell of anger.
"The democracy of the American empire of evil and prostitution: mass rapes by US occupation soldiers of Iraqi women under the threat of arms," proclaimed the Egyptian newspaper Al-Wafd, posting what it claimed were photos of Iraqi women raped by US soldiers.
Samples of the Arab reaction were compiled in The Daily Star:
The Egyptian Organization of Human Rights (EOHR) joined the fray, slamming the United States and calling for a UN probe and the establishment of an international tribunal to try those responsible.
These reports "are a shock for human rights activists because we thought that such torture was limited to the Third World," EOHR secretary-general Hafez Abu Saada said.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail expressed his "deep sorrow" and called for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
The United Arab Emirates daily Al-Khaleej expressed its outrage at what it called the lame sanctions slapped on US soldiers suspected of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.
"The torture of Iraqi detainees has been punished ... by a simple reprimand," the daily said, adding that this shows the "arrogance" of the US occupation forces in Iraq.
Their coverage is being joined by others throughout the world.
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