Tag Archives | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

UNHCR Expanding Response in Northern Iraq

By John Lee. UNHCR expanding response in northern Iraq amid continuing Syrian refugee influx More than 12,000 Syrian refugees have sought shelter in neighbouring Iraq since the latest influx began a fortnight ago, according to teams from UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. The refugee population at recently opened Bardarash camp has exceeded 11,000 people and […]

Medair begins Emergency Healthcare for Refugees in Iraq

Over 10,000 refugees from North East Syria have fled across the border into Iraq following ongoing military operations. Medair in Iraq has deployed a mobile medical team to Dohuk Governorate and begun delivering emergency health services to the refugees crossing into Iraq, 75% of whom the UNHCR estimates are women and children. In coordination with […]

UNHCR Iraq Protection Update

Highlights ▪ 11,292 refugees crossed into Iraq since the commencement of hostilities. ▪ The number of refugees entering the KR-I continues to increase. On average, over 1,200 new arrivals were recorded on a daily basis during the past seven days. ▪ Bardarash Camp has reached its capacity, new arrivals will now be hosted in Gawilan […]

ISIL Members should face “International Crimes” Charges

UN report on liberation of Mosul: ISIL members should face “international crimes” charges A UN report concludes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) perpetrated serious and systematic violations that amount to “international crimes” during the nine-month military campaign to liberate Mosul City in Iraq. The report, published on Thursday by […]

Fears for 750,000 Civilians in Western Mosul

Humanitarians fear for the 750,000 civilians in western Mosul 100 days after military operations to retake Mosul started, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks. “We are relieved […]

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 […]

UN Allocates $15m to support Fallujah IDPs

UN emergency fund allocates $15 million to support people fleeing Fallujah The top United Nations relief official chief today released $15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide urgent life-saving assistance for people affected by the recent fighting and military operations in Fallujah. “People escaping Fallujah are in desperate need of […]

UN: IS Committing Genocide against the Yazidis

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is committing genocide against Yazidis, according to a report, “They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis”, issued today by the independent international Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The […]

Staggering Civilian Death Toll in Iraq

A UN report released today details the severe and extensive impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, with at least 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015. Another 3.2 million people have become internally displaced since January 2014, including more than a million children of […]

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 […]

15,000 Killed Since January – UN report

A UN report released on Monday shows that the conflict in Iraq continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 15,000 killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014. Widespread human rights violations and massive displacement continue unabated throughout the country. The report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and […]