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Jalawla, Iraq, 15 November 2018 – A team from UNAMI’s Human Rights Office visited Jalawla sub-district in Diyala on 14 November, witnessing first-hand the destruction wrought by Da’esh and the years of previous conflict, and hearing from the community about their suffering and their efforts to foster durable reconciliation.

Kirkuk, Iraq, 12 November 2018 - The Qishla and Citadel of Kirkuk, two cultural heritage sites symbolising the area’s rich multicultural history but buffeted by time and conflicts, are in desperate need of restoration to preserve them for future generations.

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Kirkuk, Iraq, 7 November 2018 - UNAMI’s Human Rights Office (HRO) conducted a training session for staff of the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) in Kirkuk City. The training was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the participants in drafting human rights reports following the conduct of human rights investigation or monitoring.

UNAMI/OHCHR report identifies over 200 mass graves in Iraq, a legacy of ISIL’s atrocities

Dohuk, Iraq - Thursday was often a day Nadia would go shopping, especially if there was a wedding over the weekend where she would dance to her favourite Kurdish songs. These days of joy and laughter ended abruptly when, in August 2014, ISIL gunmen invaded her village and her terrible ordeal began. 

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In collaboration with the Center of Community Peace (CCP) of the Iraqi Academics Syndicate, UNAMI Human Rights Office held a two-day training at Al Mansour Hotel in Baghdad on 24 and 25 October for 30 members, (17 women and 13 men) of the CCP, comprising of university professors, research and teaching assistants on “Basic Human Rights Standards, National and International Protection Mechanisms”, including basic human rights principles and norms, the human rights provisions of the Constitution of Iraq 2005, rights of women, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of ethnic and religious communities and freedom of expression. Other areas included transitional justice and national reconciliation, protection of civilians, rule of law and administration of justice and the Iraq’s human rights reporting obligations. The aim of the training was to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them to raise awareness among their peers, students and the public to claim their human rights and in advocating and lobbying for improved human rights promotion and protection regime in Iraq. Participants appreciated the training and requested more specific trainings for their students and peers.

Photos: UNAMI PIO/Mazin Abdullah

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On 29 October 2018, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General,

Baghdad, Iraq, 21 October 2018 - In the context of the Global Open Day on UNSCR 1325 and on the 18th anniversary of the adoption of the resolution, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) organised a consultative forum with civil society, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and members of the Iraqi Bar Association as well as the High Judicial Council to discuss concerns of the civil society regarding the application of Article 38 (9) of the Iraqi Penal Code, which permits the nullification of rape charges when perpetrators of rape marry their victims.

Baghdad, Iraq - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, discussed on 17 October 2018 with eight former women parliamentary election candidates the challenges hindering women’s participation in electoral and political processes in the context of the Global Open Day on UNSCR 1325 and 18th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325. He provided an update on UNAMI’s activities advocating for the meaningful participation of women at all levels, in particular commending the women for their resilience and determination during the 12 May elections despite the smear campaigns and insults on social media which targeted women candidates.

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Women remain excluded from political and decision-making in Iraq despite their active role in society. To advance women’s role in politics and make their voice heard, a Women Advisory Group (WAG) has been established with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad, 13 October 2018 – The Deputy Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ms. Alice Walpole, attended today the 10th annual conference organized by the Al-Hakim Foundation to mark the Islamic day of opposing violence against women.

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