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The increase in executions in Iraq has sparked calls for abolishing capital punishment from the UN, the European Union and some international human rights groups, citing the lack of transparency in Iraqi courts. Death penalty in Iraq was suspended on June 10, 2003, but was reinstated from August ... women
Reduction of humanitarian assistance, coupled with limited opportunities for self-reliance and unequal power relationships in IDP camps increase the risk and exposure of IDPs to human rights abuses. UNHCR has noted an increase in sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations received ...

Human Rights Watch has interviewed hundreds of other families of ISIS suspects across Iraq who faced similar punishments after ISIS fighters fled. "The Ba'aj decree is one of the clearest pieces of evidence to date that Iraqi authorities are collectively punishing relatives of ISIS suspects," said Lama ...
(Beirut) - Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property.
(Erbil) - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces detained at least 84 protesters and four journalists in late March, Human Rights Watch ... detained because they were exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, or because their right under Iraqi law to be brought before a ...

In early February, Human Rights Watch published evidence suggesting Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces carried out mass ... For example, dozens of Iraqi families and 27 foreign women told us that between August 22 and 29, thousands surrendered to Peshmerga forces near ... War Crimes
On March 29, Iraqi security forces in Baghdad apprehended an alleged Islamic State (ISIS) member and freed a 15-year-old Yezidi girl he had held captive for years. Her freedom is a relief, but hopefully the case will jumpstart the prosecution of ISIS members for the particular offenses they committed.
In a report released on Thursday, Human Rights Watch underlined that the relatives of ISIS members in Iraq are undergoing group punishment. ... In this context, the president of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, Mustafa Saadoun, told Al Arabiya.net that: "About 20,000 families or the equivalent ... family members
Iraqi forces retook Mosul's Old City from ISIS in July 2017. Human Rights Watch documented Iraqi forces rounding up ISIS suspects, torturing and then executing them that month near that site. Some of these forces were from an Iraqi army division trained by the United States government. During the ... War Crime
Many progressives and human rights activists will castigate the United States for much more. While they are right to say that the Reagan administration sought rapprochement with Saddam Hussein (and publicized once and future Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld meeting the Iraqi dictator as Reagan's ... War Crime
In the meantime, a Rudaw reporter from the spot reported that Iraqi military helicopters bombed the villages of Dawouda and Zinana. ... is to fight Iraqi forces, especially the mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, who is accused of committing human rights violations against Tuz Khurmatu's Kurdish population. War Crime
Prosecuting IS suspects under Iraq's counterterrorism laws is "easier," Human Rights Watch said, as a court would only need to prove membership in IS, rather than establish that individual acts violated Iraqi criminal codes. Under counterterrorism laws, Iraqi authorities can sentence people who worked as ... War Crime
All of these people face the death penalty under Iraq's counterterrorism law. Human Rights Watch knows of more than 7,000 ISIS suspects who have been tried or convicted since 2014, and 92 ISIS convicts who have been executed. As far as we know, Iraqi courts did not charge any of these people with ... War Crime
(Baghdad) – The Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are conducting thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The haphazard approach and ... War Crime
Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is ... effort, represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, to bring Islamic State ... War Crime
BAGHDAD -- A top United Nations official Thursday called on the Iraqi government to speed up investigations into allegations of human rights ... War Crime

Dohuk, Iraq, 19 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office launched a training course in ... War Crime
21 November 2017 – A senior United Nations human rights official has stressed the ... take place in five countries – China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. War Crime
Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, .... Ali Kareem, who heads Iraq's High Committee for Human Rights, ... War Crime
Erbil, 19 November 2017- the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in cooperation with the Ministry ... War Crime
Although he is being held in Iraq, the detainee should not be turned over to Iraqi authorities; Human rights Watch has documented a pattern of ... War Crime
2 November 2017 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ... The report also urges Iraqi authorities to investigate alleged violations and human rights abuses ... War Crime
“The Iraqi government should provide the public with real evidence and ... Human Rights Watch viewed photos of his body after the attack. War Crime
An Iraqi displaced woman, who fled from ISIS violence in Anbar, ... to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. War Crime
Dohuk, 7 December 2017 - Enhancing human rights education for students in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq was the focus of a three-day training course for 24 secondary school teachers in Dohuk. The training course, held 3-5 December, was the fourth in a series of training courses on human rights ... War Crime
But today, under Iraqi law – and as urged by various United Nations resolutions – Iraq is trying to prosecute them all. Those convicted face life in prison or the death penalty merely for ISIS membership. But such broad prosecutions would be a grave mistake if Iraq is ever to establish some modicum of ... War Crime
Families in Kani Bardina village, Sulaymaniyah governorate, receive health check-ups and assistance from IOM Iraq Mobile Medical team, ... War Crime
The investigative team must work with the Iraqi government, but also with ... Human-rights advocates have argued that ISIS crimes constitute a ... War Crime
M. Cherif Bassiouni, human rights champion, dies at 79 ... monitored human rights in Afghanistan and helped craft Iraq's new constitution after ... War Crime
The organization will present the Human Rights First Award at its annual gala ... Previous recipients include: Iraqi human rights activists Khaleel ... War Crime
He said that the presence IS group in Iraq and the horrific crimes it had committed posed ... the international humanitarian law and human rights ". ... decisive achievements made in defeating terrorism and liberating Iraqi lands ... War Crime
Suffering persecution even before genocide under ISIS, Iraq's Christian ... Rudaw's Namo Abdulla sat down with three members of the Iraqi Christian ... human rights attorney, and Asaad Kalasho, a prominent Iraqi Christian ... War Crime
Two of Iraq's neighbors, Turkey and Iran, concerned that the referendum ... now at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. War Crime
Major-General Rupert Jones defended the US-led coalition's record in the war against ISIS amid criticism from human rights groups at the ... War Crime
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the UN Security Council (UNSC) of failing to investigate war crimes and rights abuses by anti-ISIS forces in Iraq. ... During operations to retake Mosul, Iraqi forces frequently tortured ... War Crime
UN human rights experts refer to what happened next as genocide. ... "Iraqi communities are still in desperate fear that other forces - including ... War Crime
ISIS forces in Iraq have carried out human rights abuses, war crimes, ... Iraqi authorities face a complex task to bring to justice ISIS suspects. War Crime
Iraq's prime minister says between 970 and 1,260 civilians were killed ... civilian casualties spiked and human rights groups warned of the ... War Crime
Islamic State suicide bombers attack coalition base in Iraq ... US-backed Iraqi forces have retaken all the major urban areas the extremists ... Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a paedophile?' War Crime
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraq is in "lengthy negotiations" ... civilian casualties spiked and human rights groups warned of the ... War Crime
In Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi affirmed that the federal ... On September 10, Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights ... War Crime
Last month, Baghdad sentenced 27 Iraqi Isil fighters to death by hanging ... Human rights group have raised their concern at Iraq's use of the ... War Crime
Now that ISIS has mostly been driven out of Iraq, the Iraqi government ... for action to prosecute ISIS members for human rights crimes for years. War Crime
To face the challenge, the authorities in Iraq and Syria have opted to go with a blunt ... According to the Iraqi Justice Ministry, authorities have released 756 ... A judge in the Nineveh counterterrorism court told Human Rights ... War Crime
Justice vital to help Iraqi victims of ISIL's sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report ... in Mamilyan Camp for internally displaced persons in Akre, Iraq. ... redress,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al ... War Crime
New York City—Human Rights First today called on the United ... role in resettling refugees from Iraq, to work with the Iraqi authorities to restore ... War Crime
Beginning on August 30, Iraqi authorities detained the women and ... On September 10 and 11, Human Rights Watch visited the fenced ... War Crime
FILE - In this March 9, 2017 file photo, Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and Yazidi genocide survivor, listens during a United Nations human rights meeting called "The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da'esh [ISIS] to Justice," at U ... War Crime
Investigators combed through the rubble left by a 17 March explosion in al-Jadida district in west Mosul, where Iraqi forces backed by US-led coalition air strikes are fighting to clear Islamic State militants from Iraq's second city. One line of ... War Crime


 

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