A total of 56,000 Iraqi detainees are being held in prisons supervised by the Iraqi government and foreing forces, said Iraqi member of parliament Shaza al-Abousy.
Of that total number, at least 17,000 detainees belong to the movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Sadrist parliamentarian Hamad al-Masoudy, commenting on the large number of detainees, said that most were held without trials and in some cases without being charged.
"Some of these were taken prisoners without an arrest warrant," al-Masoudy said. He added: "We have been trying through (discussions with) the government and the American forces to reach a solution to this case but our efforts has been in vain."
Al-Abousy, a member of the parliament's Human Rights Council, told state-owned al-Sabah newspaper that 32,000 of those captured were rounded up from Baghdad after February's US-backed security plan was put into effect in and around the capital.
According to unconfirmed reports, 6,000 prisoners have been released over the past two weeks.
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