Iraq

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

Civil society condemns attacks against journalists and closure of media outlets in Iraqi Kurdistan

Freedom of expression came under severe threat in Iraqi Kurdistan in March and April, according to the Metro Center for Defending the Rights of Journalists, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Committee to Protect Journalists. On 25th March 2018, journalists were covering protests were arbitrarily detained while others were severely beaten with their equipment confiscated. Read more

Civil society condemns attacks against journalists and closure of media outlets in Iraqi Kurdistan

Protesters and journalists denied access to legal representation

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the dangerous conditions for journalists in Iraq have drawn international condemnation. In another recent example, on 2nd February 2018, Iraqi freelance journalist Samir Obeid was arrested by Iraqi security forces at a checkpoint in Baghdad. Read more

 Protesters and journalists denied access to legal representation

Thousands protest over social ills in Iraqi Kurdistan, facing tear gas and live ammunition

At least five people were killed and 80 injured during protests in the town of Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan in late December 2017. According to news reports, thousands of protesters had gathered to decry the Kurdish government and the lack of basic services as well as express anger over issues of corruption and unpaid salaries. Read more

Thousands protest over social ills in Iraqi Kurdistan, facing tear gas and live ammunition

Journalist stabbed to death and TV stations attacked in northern Iraq

The conditions for journalists and media worker in Northern Iraq continue to deteriorate. Read more

 Journalist stabbed to death and TV stations attacked in northern Iraq

Civil society concerned over proposed Informatics Crimes Law

Freedom of expression continues to be under attack in the country Read more

Civil society concerned over proposed Informatics Crimes Law