June 3, 1991 |
The young Palestinian limped out of the hospital last week so badly beaten that he had to lean on his father's arm to make it across the parking lot to the car. He talked softly, and when he lifted his hands in a gesture of helplessness, the scabs of cigarette burns were still fresh on his palms. He pulled up his T-shirt to show a mass of bruises he said were inflicted during beatings at two police stations. "They wanted to ask about my friend, who works with me," he said.
October 4, 1990 |
For years, the Bibi Saleh Center in downtown Kuwait city has been a haven for wealthy foreigners and Kuwaiti playboys and their girlfriends, a symbol of the oil-rich emirate's penchant for the pleasures of life. But in the two months since Iraq seized Kuwait, the four-towered condominium complex has become a cornerstone of Kuwait's brutal subjugation, according to reliable sources fleeing the country.
February 14, 1991 |
Iraqi occupation troops in Kuwait have tortured and hanged 10 Kuwaiti women since Feb. 8 for aiding the resistance forces, witnesses said today. The witnesses told relatives in Egypt after fleeing to Jordan that the naked corpses of the women were left hanging in public view in the Adaliya, Rumaithiya and Sulaibikat graveyard districts of the occupied emirate. They said the corpses bore signs of torture. Kuwait's exiled news agency KUNA carried a report Feb.
April 20, 1991 |
The United States, reacting to Amnesty International's charges of widespread torture in Kuwait, said the human rights situation in the emirate has improved dramatically in recent weeks. A State Department statement issued late Thursday said, "The situation by most accounts in Kuwait is very much improved over what existed some weeks ago."
January 25, 1991 |
At the urging of French President Francois Mitterrand, member states of the European Community a few years ago all began issuing look-alike red passports--a symbolic, yet important step, he said, in building a common European identity. But amid all the uncertainty in the present crisis, one thing is clear: The stress of the Gulf War has caused the peoples of Europe to revert to type. The British have been steady and stoic.
April 29, 1991 |
The corridor at the Kuwait Ministry of Justice looks disconcertingly like Monday morning arraignment court in any lived-in American city that has grown too many criminals and not enough lawyers. Glum, mustached Iraqi defendants sit handcuffed in chairs along the wall, staring silently at the dirty tile. Three dozen other detainees mill around in the hallway, shouting to no one in particular and bolting anxiously toward whichever defense attorney happens out of the elevator.