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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2004

Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights
Iraq Fact of the Day


A building formerly used by Saddam's Ministry of Defense to repress the citizens of Iraq was re-opened as the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights last weekend. The new Ministry is commissioned "to protect and respect the Iraqi people." Iraqis employed by the Ministry will immediately focus on documenting the fate of hundreds of thousands of those missing at the hands of Saddam's regime, preparing an Iraqi Declaration of Human Rights, and encouraging the growth of independent human rights organizations throughout the country.

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad.

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