Torture experts call for action on Iraqi detainees “held for years"

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The torture panel presents its finding to the Press at the UN in Geneva. Photo: UN

Iraqi authorities faced pressure to take a clear stance against torture on Friday as a UN rights committee called for them to close secret detention centres.

Covering violations dating back to 2011, the UN Committee Against Torture said Iraq's judiciary needed to punish offenders – and come up with a firm definition of what constituted torture.

Allegations that 40,000 people have been held in detention centres for many years needed to be verified, Committee member Alessio Bruni told Daniel Johnson.

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