ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law


Ralph Wilde


When the prisoner abuse scandal in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq, broke in the Spring of 2004, Lord Lester, a British Parliamentarian, submitted a written parliamentary question to the U.K. government asking the following: [W]hether the Coalition Provisional Authority or the Coalition Forces are required by law to respect the fundamental human rights of Iraqi people, as defined in the bill of rights contained in the transitional administrative law for Iraq or otherwise; and if not, what recourse is available to the people of Iraq for breaches of those rights by the Authority or the forces.