PIL is acting for Iraq Body Count (IBC), the leading authority oncivilian deaths in Iraq, in relation to the largest military intelligence leakin history by WikiLeaks.
Phil Shiner explained at the WikiLeaks press conference onSaturday 23 October that, followingpublication of the 400,000 US military records, the question now becomes “whathappens next”:
“TheIraq War logs add hugely to the evidence in the public domain as to the effectof the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq by Coalition Forces includingthe UK.” Phil described the provisionsof domestic and international law that required the UK to cooperate with otherstates to “stamp out torture.”
He went on to discuss the 142 cases against the Secretary of Statefor Defence in PIL is currently acting and emphasised the need for a judicialinquiry in order to obtain justice and accountability for the victims oftorture and unlawful killing.
Professor John Sloboda of IBC also spoke at the press conference and estimated the logs would "bring to the publicknowledge more than 15,000 deaths”. Thingsbrings the Iraq body count to at least 150,000, 80% of which are civiliandeaths.
See our Videos section for the full presentations ofJulian Assange, Phil Shiner and Prof Sloboda. For media enquiries, contact us on +44 (0)121 515 5069.