GENEVA (11 November 2016) – As mass graves and further evidence of sexual exploitation of women and girls, torture and killings, child recruitment and other grave human rights abuses committed by ISIL in Iraq come to light, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for immediate action to ensure that the rights and the needs of victims and survivors are met – including, crucially, the need for justice, truth and reconciliation.

Erbil, 5 November 2016- Under the auspices of the Provincial Council of Ninewa, UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) inaugurated a training course for civil society network in Ninewa on Community Reconciliation and Social Cohesion for representatives of civil society actors from Ninewa Governorate. The training course organized on 5 and 6 November 2016 will allow the 30 course participants to be acquainted with accountability and reconciliation principles, both on the theoretical and practical levels.

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GENEVA (21 October 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for the protection of civilians to be at the forefront of military planning as the Iraqi Government and associated forces attempt to re-take Mosul, amid reports that fighters from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, are using civilians as human shields.

Geneva/Baghdad, 18 August 2016 – A UN report released Thursday details the heart-wrenching testimony of Yezidi survivors of ISIL atrocities in Iraq since the attack on Sinjar in August 2014, including accounts of systematic and widespread killings, sexual violence and sexual slavery, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, forced conversions and forced displacement among other abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Baghdad, 12 August 2016 – The Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a training in Baghdad for Iraqi bloggers with the aim of building capacities and raising awareness on human rights issues within the Iraqi context.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:13

UN marks Human Rights Day in Baghdad

Baghdad, 10 December 2015 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq and the whole UN family in Iraq today commemorated Human Rights Day, in partnership with the Iraqi Council of Representatives. The theme for this year’s celebration is "Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always”.

Message by Francesco Motta, Director of the Human Rights Office/UNAMI and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq, on Human Rights Day 2015 - 10 December 2015.

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Excellencies, Ladies And Gentlemen,

I am honoured to be present with you all at such an important event – the launch in Iraq of the international protocol on the investigation and documentation of sexual violence under the auspices of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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