Iraq


    Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis: UNESCO
    22.06.17
    AFP

    The destruction by jihadists of Mosul's leaning minaret "deepens the wounds" in war-torn Iraq, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Thursday. Calling in a statement for "immediate and strengthened international mobilisation," the head of the UN's cultural agency said: "This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy." She pledged UNESCO's "renewed solidarity and readiness to support, restore and rehabilitate cultural heritage whenever possible." The 12th-century minaret blown up along with the Nuri mosque on Wednesday was one of...

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    From IS slaves to global voices for Yazidis

    Two Yazidi women who survived a nightmare ordeal of kidnapping, rape and slavery at the hands of Islamic State jihadists won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday.Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar have become figureheads for the effort to protect the Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion with more than half a million believers concentrated in northern Iraq. "They have a painful and tragic story" but "they felt compelled to survive to bear witness," European Parliament chief Martin Schulz told the assembly in Strasbourg. "The courage of these two...

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    Iraqi Wins UN Sanctions Case Against Switzerland

      Khalaf M. Al-Dulimi, the suspected finance boss of Iraqi secret services under Saddam Hussein, has won an important case against Switzerland at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). On June 21, the court confirmed a 2013 decision, saying Switzerland violated the European Convention on Human Rights in the way it confiscated his assets under a UN Security Council Resolution. According to the ECHR, States have an obligation to ensure that individual human rights are respected when applying UN sanctions. Al-Dulimi took his case to the ECHR in 2008 in his own name and that of his...

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    'Staggering' death toll for Iraqi civilians since 2014: UN
    19.01.16
    AFP

    The number of civilians killed in violence in Iraq over the past two years is "staggering", the United Nations said Tuesday, with at least 18,802 people killed and another 36,245 injured.The figures count only documented casualties from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015, and the actual numbers of people killed and maimed are likely far higher, according to a new report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN human rights agency."These are the minimum figures ... in terms of the impact of the violence on civilians," UNAMI chief Francesco Motta told reporters in Geneva...

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    Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis in Iraq: report
    13.11.15
    AFP

    The Islamic State group is committing genocide against Iraq's Yazidi community, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said in a report Thursday based on harrowing interviews detailing rape, torture and murder. A Kurdish-speaking minority mostly based around Sinjar mountain in northern Iraq, the Yazidis are neither Arabs nor Muslims and have a unique faith the militants consider to be heretical and polytheistic. When in the summer of 2014 the jihadists made an unexpected push into parts of northern Iraq, many Yazidis were massacred and abducted. Tens of thousands scrambled up Mount Sinjar in a...

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    IS “EXTREME VIOLENCE” A NEW TYPE OF CRIME?
    18.06.15
    Franck Petit

    In recent times we see a new type of violent crimes emerging, such as those committed by Islamic State (Daech), Boko Haram in Nigeria, in the Central African Republic and by Mexican cartels. The attacks are intense, have no clear political agenda, are mediatized by their perpetrators, and targeted. People are fascinated by the way they flout their cruelty, whilst it makes researchers reflect on the apparent powerlessness of politics and justice to stop them.  “We have the feeling there is nothing in place to stop them,” says Jean-Pierre Massias, President of the Varenne University Institute...

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