Tag Archives | Human rights

Democracy in Iraq Depends on Press Freedom

By Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A group of armed men wearing black uniforms stormed into my house in Baghdad and abducted me,” Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji told me a few days […]

HRW: Action Needed to End Iraq Killings

As protests in Iraq enter their third month, the numbers of arrests, abductions, and killings of protesters continue to rise, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). But instead of protecting the demonstrators mostly peacefully protesting on Iraq’s streets, some security forces are the ones attacking and killing them. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi had promised […]

Iraq Clamps Down on Media Covering Protests

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq clamps down on media and broadcast networks covering protests For the first time, the Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission shut down or gave warnings to 17 media institutions for covering the […]

Campaign to Stop Lethal Force Against Protesters

Euro-Med Monitor launches advocacy campaign to stop the bloodshed against peaceful protesters in Iraq The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has sent letters to the European Union and the French and German governments, urging them to exert pressure on the Iraqi government to stop the use of lethal force against ongoing popular protests, and to immediately […]

Iraq orders Closure of 12 News Outlets

Iraq’s media regulator should reverse its decision to order the closure of 12 broadcasters over a licensing dispute and should allow media outlets to freely cover protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Monday. On November 12, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), Iraq’s media regulator, ordered the closure of […]

Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters

By John Lee. Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas and live ammunition, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The attacks have left at least one medic dead. “Medics have become another victim of the […]

Dedicated Reporting e-Mail for Human Rights Violations

UNAMI launches dedicated reporting e-mail for human rights violations To further strengthen and expand its fact-finding efforts on human rights violations and abuses, particularly in relation to the ongoing protests, UNAMI has set up a dedicated e-mail address: [email protected] The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (pictured): “I encourage anyone […]

Human Rights Violations Ongoing, says UN Report

UNAMI has found that serious human rights violations and abuses continued to occur during the second wave of demonstrations that started in Iraq on 25 October. A second report, prepared by the UNAMI Human Rights Office, was published today [5th November]. It follows an earlier special report which covered the 1-9 October protests and was […]

Arrests for Voicing Protest Solidarity

By John Lee. Authorities in Anbar governorate are suppressing the right of residents to show support for demonstrations elsewhere in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In recent days, they have arrested two men for merely posting messages of solidarity on Facebook, questioned a third, and sent a fourth into hiding. More here. […]

Amnesty: Gruesome Fatalities from new Tear Gas Grenades

By Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq: Gruesome string of fatalities as new tear gas grenades pierce protesters’ skulls The Iraqi authorities must ensure anti-riot police and other security forces in Baghdad immediately stop using two previously unseen types of […]

CPJ: Journalists Injured and Detained, Broadcasters Banned

Journalists injured and detained, broadcasters banned as protests resume in Iraq On Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned recent attacks on journalists and media outlets in Iraq, and urged authorities to ensure that journalists can cover the ongoing protests in the country safely and without obstruction. After a brief lull, anti-corruption and unemployment […]

Amnesty: Horrific Scenes at Karbala Protests

By Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Horrific scenes as security forces resort to lethal force to disperse Karbala protests Iraqi security forces resorted yet again to excessive and unlawful lethal force to disperse crowds of largely peaceful protesters in the […]