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Human rights in Iraq
Middle East Watch (Organization)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [1990]

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xiv, 164 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
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"Human rights in Iraq was first published in slightly different form by Human Rights Watch"--T.p. verso.
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A discussion of the situation in Iraq since the Ba'ath Socialist Party came to power in 1968. It describes the regime, the treatment of citizens, many of whom are subjected to deportation, arrest, detention and torture, and the methods used by the Iraqi government to impose its rule.

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Library Journal Review

In this account of Iraq's gruesome human rights record, Saddam Hussein is seen as an equal opportunity employer of repression. Korn, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, notes that ``conservatives, liberals, non-Baathi Arab nationalists, Communists, Shias, Kurds, Assyrian Christians, Jews, students, intellectuals, military personnel, and even Baath party members and senior figures of the regime,'' were routinely discriminated against, arbitrarily detained, tortured, gassed, executed, or deported. He faults Western governments for approving financial credits for the purchase of agricultural and technical products, which Hussein defiantly used for military acquisitions. Ironically, current events have overtaken Korn's call for ending all credits as well as banning the sale of technology products with military applications. In light of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, this is a timely book, important for all international affairs collections.-- Joseph A. Kechichian, La Canada, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In press prior to the invasion of Kuwait, this volume provides chilling details about Saddam Hussein's brutal domestic policies and the ineffectual response to them by the international community. His absolute power--as chairman of the all-powerful Revolutionary Command Council, secretary of the Regional Command, deputy secretary general of the National Command, president of the Republic, prime minister, and commander in chief of the Armed Forces--has been assured by vigorous suppression of all dissent. An extraordinary series of death-penalty laws, killings for political ends, and genocidal acts against the minority Kurdish population are documented in this damning study, published by Middle East Watch, newest of the respected human rights Watch Committees. The police-state structure, with its cult of personality, has shown some sensitivity to external criticism of its abrogation of human rights; the report concludes with suggestions for US policy and international community efforts. This sobering report merits wide attention; it brings together a wide variety of reports, interviews, and information in concise, up-to-date, readily readable form. -C. E. Welch, SUNY at Buffalo