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Iraqi executions violate int’l standards

Sameer N. Yacoub reports for the Associated Press:

Iraqi authorities executed at least 65 people in the first 40 days of 2012 for various offenses, including 14 on a single day, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director of the New York-based advocacy group, said that Iraqi authorities appear to have given the "green light to execute at will."

The group said trials often violate international standards. Many defendants are unable to challenge the evidence against them, which may include coerced confession.

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