Why is Iraq Challenging Human Rights Reports?

He added, “Iraq calls on those organizations to base their reports on information from reliable sources that are familiar with the current developments, and to diversify their sources to make sure the information is accurate. It is preferable to have supervisors visit the scene more often and get information directly in the field.”

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, told Al-Monitor, “It is common that governments condemn or deny HRW reports on the situation of human rights in any country. Thus we are not surprised by the Iraqi government denying the facts and evidences in our reports.”

She said, “It is difficult for the governments to accept criticism, especially when the violations committed by the government against its citizens are documented, and specifically in times of conflicts or wars. This makes the government more prone to danger. However, we are on good terms with several officials in the Iraqi government and we find them more open to discussion than other officials in other governments in the region. I do not believe they neglect our reports on purpose. We are grateful for the many positive comments made by Abadi, as well as his commitment to curb the abuses committed by militias, investigate and punish those responsible for such abuses, and we hope he will abide by this commitment.”

The same has happened with the semi-independent Kurdistan Regional Government. On Jan. 20, Amnesty International issued a report, stating, “Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes in an apparent effort to uproot Arab communities.”

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