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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Effective investigation needed into killing of journalist

, Index number: MDE 14/4764/2016

Amnesty International has called on the authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) to ensure that the investigation into the killing of journalist Wedat Hussein Ali on 13 August 2016 in the northern city of Dohuk is thorough, independent and impartial. Wedat Hussein Ali’s relatives collected his body, bearing what appeared to be marks of torture, from the Dohuk hospital morgue on 13 August. The KR-I authorities indicated on 15 August that an investigation would be opened. This should be carried out by an impartial body with measures that guarantee the security of witnesses and lead to the findings being disclosed.

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