Tag Archives | Human rights

On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On July 6, 2020, Iraq's most prolific security commentator Husham al-Hashemi was assassinated in Zayouna, a social melting pot neighborhood of east Baghdad. At 8:19 […]

Iraq: Urgent Need for Free Speech Protection

By John Lee. A spike in violations of the right to free expression during widespread protests at the end of the former government's term in office and during the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for Iraq's new government to reform its laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday. Iraqi authorities, […]

Iraq to Investigate Killing of Protesters

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq to launch investigations against killing of protesters The new Iraqi government has begun procedures to reinvestigate the violent acts during the popular protests that broke out in October […]

UN details Ordeal of Abducted Protesters

Iraq: UN details ordeal of abducted protesters, welcomes Government's promise to investigate and compensate A United Nations report published today on the abduction of protesters in Iraq since last October details their ordeals from the time of abduction through interrogation to acts of torture. In its fourth report on the protests, the UN Human Rights […]

New Government, New Legislative Agenda

By John Lee. The Iraqi government and parliament should pass legislation to address key human rights shortcomings in Iraq's legal system and take measures to minimize the risks Covid-19 poses to people in prison, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. With the formation of Iraq's government on May 7, 2020, parliament can now focus […]

Canada contributes $15m for Iraqi Women

The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has contributed CAD 20 million ($15 million) in support of UNFPA’s humanitarian response focusing on life-saving assistance aimed at alleviating the suffering of women and girls across Iraq. The three-year contribution will support UNFPA works in providing emergency obstetric care, and sexual and reproductive health […]

Iraqi Authorities Violently Remove Protesters

By John Lee. Iraqi authorities ramped up violent tactics to quash ongoing protests across Baghdad and southern Iraq between January 25 and 27, 2020, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday. Security forces set fire to protesters’ tents, fired live ammunition, and detained protesters in Baghdad, Basra, and Nasriya. Human Rights Watch was unable to […]

Protest Death Toll Surges, Brutal Repression

By Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Protest death toll surges as security forces resume brutal repression Chilling eyewitness testimonies and verified video analysis by Amnesty International confirm that security forces have resumed their campaign of deadly violence against largely peaceful […]

New Report on Human Rights in Iraq

By John Lee. Human Rights Watch (HRW). has issued a report on human rights in Iraq, as part of its World Report 2020. Click here to download the report. (Source: HRW)

Report Documents Security Violations Against Protesters

Daring to kill and an absent justice: Report documents Iraqi security violations against protesters The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor urged the Iraqi authorities to open a comprehensive investigation into all the killings, kidnappings and torture Iraq has witnessed since the protests broke out last October 1 and to ensure it is independent, and to release […]

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 […]