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Iraq: Assistant Judge's Trial Postponed: Hatsyar Wshyar

, Index number: MDE 14/2025/2020

The trial of assistant judge Hatsyar Wshyar was postponed from 8 March 2020 to 22 and 26 April 2020, following the COVID19 outbreak in Iraq. Hatsyar remains on hunger strike since 2 February 2020 and his health has significantly deteriorated. Authorities must release Hatsyar Wshyar immediately and unconditionally, drop all charges, and ensure a prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigation into the torture allegations. Pending his release, authorities must urgently provide him with the needed medical care, especially as the risk of contamination of prisons amidst the COVID19 epidemic puts him in serious danger.

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