August 24, 2004
Excerpt from Iraqi Teens Abused at Abu Ghraib, Report Finds
Earlier reports and photographs from the prison have indicated that unmuzzled military police dogs were used to intimidate detainees at Abu Ghraib, something the dog handlers have told investigators was sanctioned by top military intelligence officers there. But the new report, according to Pentagon sources, will show that MPs were using their animals to make juveniles — as young as 15 years old — urinate on themselves as part of a competition.
“There were two MP dog handlers who did use dogs to threaten kids detained at Abu Ghraib,” said an Army officer familiar with the report, one of two investigations on detainee abuse scheduled for release this week. “It has nothing to do with interrogation. It was just them on their own being weird.”
Excerpt from US Silent on Torture of Children
The Pentagon says around 60 teens, “primarily aged 16 and 17,” are still being detained, though unnamed sources at the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command (CentCom) said some prisoners are as young as 14 years old, according to Scotland’s Sunday Herald. The British Ministry of Defense also admitted that it had interned minors, and that one was still in custody.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) documented the imprisonment of up to 107 children as of this May and revealed mistreatment of some young prisoners, according to German television show Report Mainz.
UNICEF, the UN’s fund for children, issued a confidential report in June on the matter, acknowledging that it held “several meetings” with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and Iraq’s Ministry of Justice last summer “to address issues related to juvenile justice and the situation of children detained by the coalition forces.”