Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 20 January 2011- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that targeted today Shii\'ite Pilgrims near the Holy city of Karbala and resulted in the killing of dozens of people and injuring many others. He extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

Baghdad, 19 January 2011- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted yesterday police recruits in Tikrit and resulted in the killing of dozens of people and injuring many others.

Baghdad, 10 Dec. 2010 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, and the Minister of Human Rights, Ms. Wijdan Salim, presided over a ceremony today, marking International Human Rights Day at UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad. Senior government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies, the press and civil society organisations were in attendance.

Erbil, 6 December 2010: Iraqi civil society representatives completed this week in Erbil a series of four training sessions in shadow reporting to the UN human rights treaty bodies. Shadow reports, often called ‘alternative reports’, are submitted by civil society organizations that deal with human rights to treaty monitoring bodies at the United Nations and other international institutions in parallel with a government\'s official report regarding the human rights situation in a given country.

Erbil and Baghdad, 25 November 2010 – For the first time, Iraq, in partnership with the United Nations, is participating in the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Campaign which runs from 25 November, globally observed as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, through to 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights.

Baghdad, 15 November 2010 - On the occasion of the Muslim Eid ul-Idha and on behalf of the United Nations in Iraq, I would like to extend my best wishes to the people and Government of Iraq.

Baghdad, 12 November 2010- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, welcomes the significant achievements made by the Iraqi political blocs in the government formation process.  He extends his congratulations to President Jalal Talabani for his re-election and welcomes the immediate step he has taken by tasking Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki with forming the government and looks forward to the completion of the process.  He also congratulates Mr. Osama Al-Nujaifi for his election as Parliament Speaker as well as the newly elected Deputy Parliament Speakers Mr. Qusai al-Suhail and Mr. Aref Tayfour.

10 November 2010 – The Security Council has strongly condemned the recent series of terrorist attacks in Iraq, including today’s bomb blasts in the capital, Baghdad, which have claimed the lives of scores of people and wounded hundreds of others.

 New York, 3 November 2010 - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Iraq in which scores of civilians lost their lives and hundreds more were wounded. The Secretary-General is appalled by these outrageous and unjustifiable acts of violence. He appeals to the people of Iraq to remain steadfast in the wake of such brutal violence and united in their commitment to a path of national reconciliation.

Baghdad, 1 November 2010- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Catholic Church that took place last night in Baghdad. According to media reports,   tens of people were killed and many others were injured during the rescue operation of the worshipers who were taken hostage by the attackers.

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