- Nationality: Iraqi Residence: Iraq
- Marital Status: Married
- Date of Arrest: 20/04/2009
- Location of Arrest: Iraq
Akram’s wife Kisma came with her eight-year-old son to CPT’s apartment. She was referred by the Society for Human Rights in Iraq. The following account is compiled from her memories of the events of last April, 2003.
At about 9:30 a. m. on April 9, 2003, Akram Kashkul left his home to buy food for his wife, four sons, and four daughters. He was to travel only a short distance. He never returned. CPT gave his name to the then-Coalition Provisional Authority’s (CPA) Senior Advisor on Detainee and Prisoner Issues, but Akram was not listed on any of the official detainee rosters.
Akram is one of Iraq’s disappeared. Neither U. S. nor Iraqi officials have released the names of any person detained or killed before the formal end of combat, declared on May 1, 2003. Countless families still wait for news of relatives who disappeared in March or April 2003. Countless families wonder if their loved ones are alive or dead, and try in vain to locate any news of them.
On the day of Akram’s disappearance, relatives told Kisma that a man had come to her home while she was out, and had said that her husband was injured. The man told the relatives that Akram had been taken to a hospital in Saudi Arabia, and was then taken back to the Baghdad International Airport. (Kisma clarified that there had been fighting at or near the airport at this time). Kisma insists that this story is all “lies.” She and other family members have visited morgues and hospitals, and talked with friends and neighbors. They have not been able to glean any additional information.
The family is destitute. They live in a mud hut on “borrowed land” near the railroad tracks in Baghdad. Kisma only wants to know if her husband is alive or dead.
Context Since summer 2003, CPT Iraq has been collecting and following the cases of numerous Iraqis who have been detained by U. S. forces. Often these detentions have involved human rights violations in the form of:
- house raids using excessive force against unarmed civilians;
- theft and destruction of personal property;
- lack of legal representation or clear judicial process for detainees;
- mistreatment, including abuse of detainees during interrogation and in prison camps;
- withholding of information about detainees’ whereabouts and well-being from the detainees’ families and/or Iraqi and international human rights organizations.
CPT Iraq believes these actions are violations of Iraqis’ basic human rights, and are both unnecessary and counterproductive to the security of both Iraqis and U. S. occupying forces. These actions harm countless Iraqi people, and, by fostering frustration, anger, and desperation, these actions also endanger the lives of U. S. soldiers who occupy Iraq.
Action Request & FORM LETTER AND ADDRESSES
Write letters on the Akram’s behalf, urging authorities :
That a search to be done for Akram Kashkul Ali al-Dulaimi and for all people who disappeared during or after the March 2003 invasion.
That they publicly identify all persons detained before May 1, 2003. That a transparent and accountable judicial process be established immediately for security detainees.