Since its ratification in 1929/31, the “Treatment Of Prisoners Of War”, known as the “Geneva Convention”, prevailed in defending the rights of those unfortunate soldiers, or civilians, caught in the custody of their adversaries in any belligerent conflict between two or more nations.
Whereas article 81 states that “…individuals who follow the armed forces without directly belonging thereto, who fall into the enemy's hands and whom the latter think expedient to detain, shall be entitled to be treated as prisoners of war”. This provision covered military support contractors, civilian war correspondents, sutlers, etc.
Yet, at the distance of 86 years, things have drastically changed.. POWs are no longer considered, or treated, as such; but simply and solely they are TERRORISTS, of whom and with whom anything goes.. Torture.. Humiliation.. Rape.. Have all become integrant chapters from the new book of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”! Today studied, tutored and trained all over the world!
Just consider the scandalous cases of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib; where those ‘techniques’ are used, not to get from the prisoners information (already by itself an unacceptable practice) yet may help saving the lives of compatriots; but simply to humiliate the enemy, with no other reason.
Emergency Response Division (ERD) commonly nicknamed “Dirty Brigades” is a special Anti-Terrorism Task Force especially chosen from the ranks of Baghdad Army, and highly trained on modern Interrogations Techniques by American and Italian “Consultants”!
Here is how they operate.. As the battle for Mosul is still roaring, ERD operatives exercise their own developed versions of the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” they have learned on Mehdi Mahmud, a civilian from a small village that was under DAESH till recently, whom they suspect being DAESH (ISIL) collaborators!
PS: To know more about the enhanced interrogation techniques, click here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-13-enhanced-interrogation-techniques-the-cia-used-on-detainees-2014-12?IR=T