Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan: Ongoing retaliation against anyone who criticises the governing authorities

protesters arrested; political activists arrested, cleric baneed for criticising authorities. Read more

Iraqi Kurdistan: Ongoing retaliation against anyone who criticises the governing authorities

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

In the run up to the Iraqi elections which took place on 10th October 2021, with one of the lowest turn-outs in years, there has been an increasingly unstable atmosphere for the exercise of basic human rights and civic freedoms. In addition to violations of freedom of expression and assembly, a recent report by Human Rights Watch highlighted the difficulties facing Iraqis, with inability to exercise their right to vote as a result of discriminatory legislation and inaccessible polling stations. Read more

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

Journalists and civil society activists face kidnapping, detention and killing in Iraq

On 9th May 2021, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) published its 14th periodic report on human rights violations during the popular protests in Iraq. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the targeted violence, killings, arrests and prosecutions affecting human rights defenders, peaceful protesters and other critical voices. GCHR reports that despite a decrease in demonstrations and the approaching elections, the brutal killings and assassinations of demonstrators and activists have continued unabated. According to human rights defenders interviewed by GCHR, the impunity with which perpetrators commit these crimes has only confirmed their lack of confidence in the Al-Kadhimi government. Read more

Journalists and civil society activists face kidnapping, detention and killing in Iraq

Thousands attend demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the popular movement

October 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the popular movement in Iraq, with demonstrations attended by thousands of people across various cities in the central and southern provinces of Iraq; As the protests continue, activists continue to pay with their lives; In November 2020, the Presidency of the Nineveh Federal Court of Appeal in Mosul issued arrest warrants against four civil society activists: Rayan Jasim Mohammed, Sahar Mohammaed Mustafa, Mohannad Qasim Ismail and Saqr Maan Abdulqadir Al Zakaria. Read more

Thousands attend demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the popular movement

Popular Protests: Demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders killed, attacked & silenced

Protesters continue with the popular protests which began in October 2019 calling for an end to corruption and improved social services. Protesters face attacks, violent dispersal and arrests, as activists are assassinated and attacked for participating in protests, and for supporting the movement on social media Read more

Popular Protests: Demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders killed, attacked & silenced

Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Popular protests that began in October 2019 continued on a daily basis into February 2020 in central and southern cities of Iraq with the broad participation of various sectors of the population, including students and women, despite the risks from security forces and armed groups which continue to target activists, journalists, and peaceful demonstrators.
Flagrant violations of the rights of Iraqi demonstrators have led to the death toll of the popular protests increasing to around 700 demonstrators, while the number of injured exceeds 20,000, including those who suffocated from teargas, according to unofficial statistics recorded by Iraqi civil society organisations. In addition, there are nearly 150 detainees, most of whom were arrested in the cities of Baghdad, Nasiriyah and Basra.
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Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Protesters face brutal violations as widespread protests escalate, internet shut down

Protests which began in July 2018, have continued to escalate throughout the year, as police use lethal force to disperse protesters, at least 100 reported dead, thousands injured. internet shut down as protests continue, journalists continue to face threats to their lives, arbitrary arrests and detention, regional broadcaster suspended. Read more

Protesters face brutal violations as widespread protests escalate, internet shut down

13 dead, hundreds injured and detained in widespread protests

A wave of protests in July 2018 left several dead, hundreds injured and many more detained. A human rights lawyer who offered to represent the detainees was assassinated, while Journalists were also severely attacked, threatened and intimidated to prevent them from covering the protests and violations by security agents. Read more

13 dead, hundreds injured and detained in widespread protests