Friday, April 27, 2007
The Good Guys
The Kurdish autonomous region is known for being the most peaceful part of Iraq. Unless, that is, you happen to be a woman accused of "immoral conduct". In which case, you might end up as charred remains on the outskirts of town, or shot dead, along with your married boyfriend, by your brother. And according to the latest report from the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, the Kurdish regional government is doing very little to stop the proliferation of these "honor killings".
But that's not all:
The United Nations also expressed concern over the treatment of detainees in prisons run by Kurdish Asayish (security) forces, and over attacks on press freedom by the same shadowy organization.
"UNAMI continues to receive allegations of torture or ill-treatment of detainees in Asayish detention facilities," it said.
"The Kurdistan Regional Government continued to subject journalists to harassment, arrest, and legal actions for their reporting on government corruption, poor public services, and other issues of public interest."
Iraqi Kurdistan. It's the new Denmark.