Iraqi Voices: Attitudes Toward Transitional Justice and Social Reconstruction

ICTJ, Human Rights Center - University of California, Berkeley
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This report is based on data obtained from extensive interviews and focus group discussions conducted in July and August 2003 with representatives from a broad cross-section of the Iraqi population. The report’s conclusions and recommendations are divided into seven main areas: past human rights abuses, justice and accountability, truth-seeking and remembrance, amnesty, vetting, reparations, and social reconstruction and reconciliation. This study reveals a shared national experience of widespread exposure to human rights abuses, but also shows that Iraqis were mostly aware of the violations perpetrated by the regime’s intelligence, security, and military forces against victims from different ethnic, religious, and political groupings.