The dossier, based chiefly on the testimony of former victims, as well as intelligence reports, paints a grim picture, alleging officially-sanctioned torture and rape. Human rights group Amnesty International condemned the report’s timing, claiming it was a politically-motivated gesture, and asking why the government chose to release a report now when Saddam Hussein’s human rights violations had been known of for years. The foreign secretary denied these charges, saying that the aim was to remind the world that the Iraqi president’s abuses extended well beyond the illegal pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.