As Coalition forces announce the release of 433 Iraqi detainees during the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, an Iraqi human rights monitoring organization has released its figures on prisoner releases by the Iraqi forces during the month of August 2008.
The Constitutional Freedoms and Rights Observor (CFRO) writes, in a statement issued in Arabic, that 852 prisoners were released in August by the Iraqi forces, according to the terms of the amnesty order issued by the Iraqi government at the start of the Basha’ir al-Khayr (“Signs of Goodness”) security operation in Diyala Province, which launched in late July.
An amnesty was proclaimed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the start of the security crackdown in Diyala Province for those who turn themselves in to Iraqi forces and “who have not sullied their hands with blood.”
Iraqi forces released a further 29 prisoners from Camp Bucca, in Basra, and Camp Krokesh, in Balad Ruz, Diyala Province, CFRO writes.
In total, 118,975 prisoners have been released across the country since the issuing of Iraq’s Amnesty Law in March, CFRO adds.
The MNF writes in the press release linked above that its TF-134 unit, responsible for handling detainees in Iraq, intends to release a further 700 prisoners in the second week of the current Islamic lunar month, adding that “ During the month of Ramadan (September 1 - 30), Coalition forces will schedule at least 3,000 detainees for release.”
Coalition forces hold “slightly more than 19,000 detainees” in Iraq at the present time, the MNF writes.