The new 53-page report claims that ill-treatment of Iraqi prisoners continued unabated even after the ill-famed scandal at the Abu-Gharaib Prison in 2004.
Notably, the report has been compiled based on the evidence of US servicemen themselves. They admit to prisoners being routinely beaten up, made to stand in awkward and painful positions, deprived of sleep and subjected to extremely low or, on the contrary, extremely high temperatures. Ill-treatment of prisoners is reported to have become common practice and an integral part of interrogations during 2003 to 2005.
Reports on breaches of the code of conduct submitted by servicemen were just ignored.
"The servicemen reported that provisions of the Geneva Convention were being ignored: the interrogators abused the prisoners to make them speak up. The servicemen's testimony contradicts the claims by the US administration that torture and ill-treatment were illegal and exceptional cases. On the contrary, it was common practice", said the author of the report, John Sifton, a "Human Rights Watch" expert on terrorism and counter-terrorism, commenting on the report.