But for what it’s worth, Kofi Annan says the US is violating international law in Iraq.
U.S.-led coalition forces and Iraqi authorities may be violating international law by their “arbitrary detention” of thousands of people, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report published Tuesday.
Annan’s criticism of the multinational force and Iraqi authorities was among the strongest he has made, although many of his assertions were not new. He said the detainment of thousands of Iraqis “constitutes de facto arbitrary detention.”
“The extent of such practices is not consistent with provisions of international law governing internment on imperative reasons of security,” the report said.
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations refused to comment on the report.
The U.N. is also investigating allegations against coalition forces and Iraqi authorities, including use of excessive force and theft during raids of homes.