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Testimonies from hell: Civilians in Mosul caught in the crossfire

Civilians caught in the crossfire are paying the ultimate price, as Iraqi forces aided by US-led coalition airstrikes continue to push west into the city of Mosul in an effort to drive the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) out of neighbourhoods west of the Tigris River. The military operation to retake the city, which began on 17 October 2016, has already left hundreds of civilians dead and more than 300,000 displaced.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • Research
  • Iraq
  • Demonstrations

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Investigate death of Yazidi protester

Amnesty International has called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to conduct a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into the killing of 21-year-old Nazeh Nayef Qawal, a Yazidi woman. The killing occurred on 14 March during a violent dispersal of protesters, at a checkpoint between Khanasor and Snuny, north of Sinjar Mountain, in north-west Iraq. Amnesty International is concerned that on 15 March KRG security forces raided the offices of a non-governmental organization based in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), and forced its staff and guests who were attending a seminar there to leave the building.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
MDE 14/6020/2017
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Groups

Bombed in Their Homes, Civilians in Mosul Blame Reckless Coalition Forces

By Donatella Rovera MOSUL, Iraq — When they heard that there would be airstrikes on their neighborhood in eastern Mosul, Wa’ad Ahmad al-Tai and his family did exactly as they were told. “We followed the instructions of the government, which told us, ‘Stay in your homes and avoid displacement,’” he said. “We heard these instructions on the radio. … Also leaflets were dropped by planes. This is why we stayed in our homes.

Date:
3 April 2017
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after they were told not to flee Mosul

Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), said Amnesty International. Survivors and eyewitnesses in East Mosul said they did not try to flee as the battle got underway because they received repeated instructions from the Iraqi authorities to remain in their homes.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

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
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
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  • 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
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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
Ref:
MDE 14/5142/2016
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  • Iraq
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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