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Amnesty International condemns Mass Execution in Iraq

Responding to the news that at least 42 people were executed in Iraq today on “terrorism” charges, Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International said: “Today’s mass execution is a shocking display of the Iraqi authorities’ resort to the death penalty to try to show they are responding to security threats. “There can […]

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Iraq

According to a report from Amnesty International, Iraqi government forces, paramilitary militias and the armed group Islamic State (IS) committed war crimes, other violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses in the internal armed conflict. IS fighters carried out execution-style killings targeting opponents and civilians fleeing IS-held territory, raped and otherwise tortured captives, […]

Amnesty International condemns Execution of 31 Iraqis

Amnesty International has condemned the mass execution of 31 men in Iraq for their alleged role in mass killings in 2014, describing it as “further proof of the Iraqi authority’s blatant disregard for human rights and misguided use of the death penalty in the name of security.” Local authorities confirmed to Amnesty International that they […]

UN Concerned about Fast-Tracking of Executions

UN rights chief expresses concern about Iraq’s fast-tracking of executions The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern that Iraq has created a committee to accelerate implementation of death sentences. The committee, announced by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, has been mandated to identify procedural or legislative delays in implementation of death sentences passed […]

Amnesty Int’l Condemns ‘Shocking Surge’ in Death Sentences

From Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The 40 death sentences handed down today in Iraq after a fundamentally flawed mass trial show a reckless disregard for justice and human life, said Amnesty International and brings the total sentenced in […]

UN Denounces Iraq Executions

By John Lee. The United Nations has condemned the execution by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government of three people convicted of murder and kidnapping – the first use of the death penalty in the region in seven years. Rupert Colville (pictured), Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement: “We […]

Iraq has World’s 4th Highest Rate of Executions

By John Lee. A report from Amnesty International USA says that Iraq had the world’s fourth highest rate of executions in 2014. China again carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together; Amnesty International believes thousands are executed and sentenced to death there every year, but with numbers kept a state […]

MP Death Verdict: Is Govt Genuine about Reconciliation?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Death Verdict For Sunni MP: Is Iraqi Govt Really Genuine About Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation? While members of the Sunni Muslim al-Bu Ulwan tribe were fighting extremists in the Anbar province, alongside […]

Generals Who Abandoned Mosul may be Executed

By John Lee. Defense minister Khalid al-Obeidi [al-Obaidi] (pictured) has warned that army generals who abandoned Mosul to the Islamic State in June are currently under investigation, and if found guilty will be sentenced to death. According to a report from BasNews, the Minister said most of the army generals and commanders in Mosul before […]

Ex-MP Sentenced to Death for Murder

By John Lee. An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death for the murder of two soldiers, according to a report from AFP. The verdict could damage Baghdad’s ties with his powerful Sunni tribe, which is currently fighting against the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) in the Ramadi area of Anbar. Al-Alwani […]

UN: Alarming Rise in Use of Death Penalty

A report published Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents the alarming rise in executions carried out by Iraq since the restoration of the death penalty in 2005. The report documents that the number of executions carried out in Iraq rose […]