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Iraq: Further information on fear of imminent execution

, Index number: MDE 14/013/2009

Amnesty International has learned that the Iraqi authorities executed 12 people on 3 May. The 12 were believed to be among 128 people who had been on death row, and there are fears that more executions will follow in the coming days or weeks.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 14/013/2009
07 May 2009
Further Information on UA 67/09 (AI Index MDE 14/009/2009, 09 March 2009) Fear of imminent execution
IRAQ 128 people, no names
Amnesty International has learned that the Iraqi authorities executed 12 people on 3 May. The 12 were
believed to be among 128 people who had been on death row, and there are fears that more executions will
follow in the coming days or weeks.
On 9 March the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council confirmed to Amnesty International that Iraq’s Presidential
Council had ratified the death sentences of 128 people who had been facing imminent execution. The death
sentences were originally passed by criminal courts in Baghdad, Basra and other cities and provinces on
charges under Iraq’s Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism law that include murder and kidnapping, and were
upheld by the Cassation Court.
On 6 May 2009 the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance
Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) issued a statement expressing concern at the execution of 12 people on 3 May and
urging the Iraqi authorities to implement a moratorium on executions.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English or your own
language:
- expressing your dismay that 12 people were executed on 3 May, and calling for their full names to be
disclosed;
- asking on what charges they were convicted and by which courts they were tried;
- expressing concern that at least 116 people are currently facing imminent execution;
- urging the Iraqi authorities to commute these and all other death sentences;
- calling on the Iraqi authorities to establish an immediate moratorium on executions
APPEALS TO:
Please send appeals via the Iraqi embassy or diplomatic representative in your country, asking them to
forward your appeals to:
President
Jalal Talabani
Salutation: Your Excellency
Vice-President
Tariq al-Hashimi
Salutation: Your Excellency
Vice-President
‘Adil ‘Abdul Mahdi
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
2
Prime Minister
Nuri Kamil al-Maliki
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hoshyar Zebari
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Human Rights
Wajdan Mikhail Salam
Fax: +9641 538 2007
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Iraq accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if
sending appeals after 18 June 2009.

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