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Iraq: Execution of 31 piles injustice on top of bloodshed

The mass execution of 31 men in Iraq, which was announced yesterday, for their alleged role in mass killings in 2014 is further proof of the Iraqi authority’s blatant disregard for human rights and misguided use of the death penalty in the name of security, said Amnesty International. Local authorities confirmed to Amnesty International that they yesterday received the 31 bodies in Samarrah, Salah al-Din governorate, which were then transferred to the city’s hospital for purposes of being collected by their families, who have commenced to do so.

Date:
24 January 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: End irresponsible arms transfers fuelling militia war crimes

Militias allied to the Iraqi government have access to arms from at least 17 countries Recent arms transfers have fuelled enforced disappearances, abductions, torture, summary killings, and deliberate destruction of civilian property Iraq is the world’s sixth-largest importer of heavy weaponry Paramilitary militias nominally operating as part of the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are using arms from Iraqi military stockpiles, provided by the USA, Europe, Russia and Iran, to commit war crimes, revenge attacks and other atrocities said Amnesty International in a new report today.

Date:
5 January 2017
  • Research
  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Turning a blind eye: The arming of the Popular Mobilization Units

Proliferation of arms and ammunition to militias across Iraq has had devastating impacts on civilians, dragging the country into a spiral of insecurity and instability. In the context of the conflict against IS, militias operating under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have extrajudicially executed, tortured and abducted thousands of men and boys. The PMU continue to use a wide range of arms and ammunition to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law with impunity.

Date:
5 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5386/2017
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: IS bombings in Baghdad demonstrate an appalling disregard for civilian life

The armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombings, that targeted civilians in the predominantly Shi’a neighborhood of Sadr city, Baghdad. In response, Samah Hadid, Deputy Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office. said:  “The systematic targeting of civilians in busy neighborhoods during day time, shows the Islamic State’s appalling disregard for human life and an intent to harm and terrorize a civilian population.

Date:
3 January 2017
  • News
  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Children caught in the crossfire of the battle for Mosul suffer horrific injuries and trauma

The desperate plight of a generation of children is in the balance as the bloody battle for the city of Mosul threatens to become a humanitarian catastrophe, Amnesty International said today following a field investigation. On a visit to the region this month, the organization met children of all ages who had suffered terrible injuries after being caught in the line of fire between the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) and government forces, who are backed by a US-led coalition.

Date:
22 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Iraq
  • Women and Girls

Iraq: Further Information: Woman charged on torture-tainted evidence: Bassema Darwish Khidr Murad

A woman who survived IS captivity has been charged under the Anti-Terrorism Law and will face trial on 21 February 2017. She was reportedly tortured after her arrest on 25 October 2014 and forced to sign papers without reading them. She remains detained with her infant daughter. If convicted, she faces life imprisonment.

Date:
20 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5390/2016
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Harrowing tales of IS abuses and militia revenge paint grim picture for justice for Mosul atrocities

As the battle to recapture Mosul from the grip of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) has unfolded in recent weeks, gruesome details have emerged of the group’s brutal rule. From reports of the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of 300 former police officers to the use of chemicals in attacks, there appears to be no end to the unimaginable horrors civilians have been forced to endure at the hands of IS.

Date:
29 November 2016
  • Research
  • Iraq
  • Terrorism

Iraq: Deadly suicide attacks claim civilian lives

Multiple suicide attacks in Iraq demonstrate yet again the contempt of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) for sparing civilians, and raise further fears for the safety of civilians still trapped in territories under IS-control, as battles to oust the group from Mosul and surrounding areas rage on. At least 19 people were killed and another 16 were injured on 14 November in multiple suicide attacks in the governorates of Anbar and Karbala.

Date:
15 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5142/2016
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

The battle for Mosul: Tales of horror emerge as thousands flee clashes to oust IS

“When we came here, we walked past our village. I would walk and cry, looking around at all the destroyed houses. Everything had fallen. ” This lament of an elderly woman from a village near Mosul plainly states how so many people in northern Iraq have lost so much, so quickly. When Amnesty International spoke to her in an internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq last week, like many others from the villages and suburbs east of Mosul, she had fled the ongoing fighting between Iraqi and coalition armed forces and the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), bringing little more than the clothes on her back and harrowing tales of life under IS rule and under mortars and air strikes.

Date:
11 November 2016
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Investigate reports Iraqi forces tortured and killed villagers near Mosul in ‘cold blood’

The Iraqi authorities must urgently investigate reports that fighters wearing Iraqi Federal Police uniforms tortured and extrajudicially executed residents in villages they captured south of Mosul, said Amnesty International. Researchers from the organization visited several villages in the al-Shura and al-Qayyara sub-districts of Ninewa governorate, south-west and south of Mosul, and gathered evidence indicating that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS).

Date:
10 November 2016
  • News
  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Kurdish authorities bulldoze homes and banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk

Kurdish authorities have carried out a wave of attacks, demolishing the homes and driving out hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk, as apparent revenge for an attack carried out by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) on 21 October, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. The briefing, ‘Where are we supposed to go?’: Destruction and forced displacement in Kirkuk, highlights how hundreds of Sunni Arab residents, including many who fled fighting and insecurity in nearby governorates, have been expelled from Kirkuk.

Date:
7 November 2016
  • Research
  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: ‘Where are we supposed to go?’ Destruction and forced displacement in Kirkuk

Arabs displaced to Kirkuk and Arab residents of the governorate have suffered a backlash following the deadly and well co-ordinated surprise attack by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State on Kirkuk governorate on 21 October. Amnesty International’s research reveals that, in response to the attack, the authorities in Kirkuk have demolished the homes of hundreds of Sunni Arab residents of Kirkuk and Arabs who had fled there from the governorates of Anbar, Diyala and Salah al-Din, forcibly displacing hundreds of families to camps or expelling them from Kirkuk governorate.

Date:
7 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5094/2016
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Iraq: Tribal militia tortured detainees in revenge attacks during Mosul offensive

Militia fighters from the Sab’awi tribe have unlawfully detained, publicly humiliated and tortured or otherwise ill-treated men and boys in villages south-east of Mosul that were recaptured from the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) in recent days, said Amnesty International. The organization’s researchers on the ground in Iraq interviewed local officials and eyewitnesses including villagers who described how members of the Sab’awi Tribal Mobilization militia (Hashd al-‘Ashairi) carried out punitive revenge attacks.

Date:
2 November 2016
  • News
  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Use of white phosphorus munitions puts civilians at grave risk

The use of white phosphorus around the city of Mosul could pose a deadly risk to civilians fleeing the fighting in the coming days and weeks, Amnesty International said today. The organization received credible witness and photographic evidence of white phosphorus projectiles fired over an area north of the village of Karemlesh, about 20 kilometres east of Mosul. White phosphorus is an incendiary substance which burns at extremely high temperatures upon exposure to air.

Date:
28 October 2016