In this April 5, 2015, file photo, blindfolded and handcuffed men are lead to custody after being arrested in Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Thousands of people suspected of having ties to Daesh (ISIS) are facing widespread rights violations in Iraqi custody, Human Rights watch said Tuesday.The New York-based rights group said some 20,000 people are believed to be in Iraqi custody on suspicion of ties to Daesh. Prosecuting Daesh suspects under Iraq's counterterrorism laws is "easier," Human Rights Watch said, as a court would only need to prove membership in Daesh, rather than establish that individual acts violated Iraqi criminal codes.
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