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Dissent continued to be severely repressed through excessive use of force against protesters, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and attacks on freedom of expression. Security forces killed at least 600 protesters by using live ammunition...
Iraq Press Freedom

Iraq/KRI: Free Journalist Qahraman Shukri

Security forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) arrested journalist Qahraman Shukri on 27 January 2021. On 23 June 2021, the Duhok Criminal Court sentenced him to seven years in prison following a grossly unfair, secret trial. Before his arrest, Qahraman Shukri’s journalism work was critical...
Iraq Disappearances

Iraq: Hundreds still disappeared five years on

At least 643 men and boys from Anbar governorate in central Iraq have been missing for five years since their abduction by the Popular Mobilization Units, a state-affiliated armed group, on 3 June 2016. To this date, their families are uncertain if their loved ones are alive and the authorities...
Iraq Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Iraq/Kurdistan Region-Iraq: Further information: Highest court upholds prison sentence: Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Isaa, Ayaz Karam and Shvan Saeed

On 28 April, the Court of Appeal upheld the prison sentence against activists and journalists Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Isaa, Ayaz Karam and Shvan Saeed. On 16 February, the Erbil Criminal Court had sentenced the five men to six years in prison following unfair trials, based on...