2005-05-23

Neues zu Koransch�ndigungen in US-Gef�gnissen

--- Obwohl Newsweek nach Druck der US-Regierung den Bericht �ber den in die Toilette gesp�lten Koran inzwischen zur�ckgezogen hat, verstummen die Meldungen �ber Koransch�ndigungen in US-Milit�rgef�ngnissen wie Guantanamo nicht. Das Internationale Roten Kreuz insbesondere hat die US-Regierung darauf hingewiesen, dass amerikanische Militaerangehoerige den Koran verunglimpft haetten. Die LA Times hat hier nachgelegt: An examination of hearing transcripts, court records and government documents, as well as interviews with former detainees, their lawyers, civil liberties groups and U.S. military personnel, reveals dozens of accusations involving the Koran, not only at Guantanamo, but also at American-run detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. ... two years ago, amid allegations of desecration and hunger strikes by inmates, the Army instituted elaborate procedures for sensitive treatment of the Koran at the prison camp. Once the new procedures were in place, complaints there stopped, said the International Committee of the Red Cross, which monitors conditions in prisons and detention facilities. The allegations, both at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, contain detailed descriptions of what Muslim prisoners said was mishandling of the Koran � sometimes in a deliberately provocative manner. In one instance, an Iraqi detainee alleged that a soldier had a guard dog carry a copy of the Koran in its mouth. In another, guards at Guantanamo were said to have scrawled obscenities inside Korans. Other prisoners said Korans were kicked across floors, stomped on and thrown against walls. One said a soldier urinated on his copy, and others said guards ridiculed the religious text, declaring that Allah's words would not save detainees. Some of the alleged incidents appear to have been inadvertent or to have resulted from U.S. personnel's lack of understanding about how sensitive Muslim detainees might be to mishandling of the Koran. In several cases, for instance, copies were allegedly knocked about during scuffles with prisoners who refused to leave their cells. In other cases, the allegations seemed to describe instances of deliberate disrespect.

Dazu plagen die US-Regierung auch die wenig erbaulichen Fotos von Saddam Hussein fast nackt in seiner Gef�ngniszelle, die von W�chtern aufgenommen wurden und an die britische Boulevardpresse gelangten. Die Bilder haben in der arabischen Welt heftige Emp�rung ausgel�st. Und dazu auch noch Berichte �ber Gefangenenmissbrauch in Afghanistan.

Passend zum Thema auch: "Newsweek" versch�rft Regeln f�r anonyme Quellen, ftd.de und Big News Media Join in Push to Limit Use of Unidentified Sources. Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, added a new role to his portfolio last week: journalism professor, New York Times.