Tag Archives | Human rights

UNDP, FBA advocate Gender Perspective in Peace-Building

Advocating a Gender Perspective in Peacebuilding: New MoU between UNDP Iraq and Folke Bernadotte Academy signed A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq and Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) to enhance local capacities for peacebuilding in Iraq with concentration on gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding. With a mandate […]

KRI Court upholds Jail Terms for Journalists

In response to the Erbil Court of Cassation's recent decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued the following statement: "With the Erbil Court of Cassation's decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and […]

How "Flimsy Evidence" sent Iraqi Kurdish Journalists to Jail

From the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): 'Spaghetti against the wall': how flimsy evidence sent 2 Iraqi Kurdish journalists to jail for 6 years The case against Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari was built on flimsy and circumstantial evidence, five observers of the journalists' Erbil trial last month told CPJ. Their six-year […]

Freedom House: Iraq rated "not free"

By John Lee. Iraq continues to be listed as "not free" in Freedom House's latest Freedom in the World index. Scoring 29 points from a possible total of 100, Iraq does, however, rank considerably better than neighbouring Iran (16), Saudi Arabia (7), and Syria (1). Jordan scores better with 34, while Turkey also comes in […]

Iraqi Kurdish Court Sentences Journalists to Jail

In response to [Tuesday's] sentencing of Iraqi Kurdish freelance journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari to six years each in jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued the following statement: "Today's sentencing of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari is not only unfair and disproportionate, but it also proves that the […]

RSF Condemns Arrests of Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan

Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of press freedom violations in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region, where at least 10 journalists have been arrested while covering peaceful protests during the past week, one has been placed in pre-trial detention and a regional TV channel, […]

Despite PM's Promises, Disappearances Continue in Iraq

By Belkis Wille, for Human Rights Watch (HRW). Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Despite Prime Minister's Promises, Disappearances Continue in Iraq Since I started covering Iraq for Human Rights Watch in 2016, enforced disappearances have been one of my main areas […]

HRW: Scrap Bill to Restrict Free Speech

Iraqi lawmakers are considering a draft law on information technology crimes that could be used to stifle free expression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week. It says the bill includes vague provisions that will allow Iraqi authorities to harshly punish expression they decide constitutes a threat to governmental, social, or religious interests. More here. […]

Amnesty: Mass Execution of 21 Individuals "an Outrage"

By Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Mass execution of 21 individuals is an outrage Responding to the execution on Monday of 21 individuals in Iraq, including individuals allegedly affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) and convicted of terror-related charges, […]