Baghdad, 21 January – The Council of Representatives (COR) this week launched in Baghdad the NGO Human Rights Advisory Board, which will assist the parliament's Human Rights Committee to effectively engage with the civil society and promote human rights through the legislative body. The UN development agency (UNDP) played an instrumental role in creating this platform, first of its kind in Iraq.

Geneva, 20 January 2015: ISIL has established unlawful, so-called “shari’a courts” in the territory under its control that have been meting out cruel and inhuman punishments to men, women and children accused of violating the group’s extremist interpretations of Islamic shari’a law or for suspected disloyalty. 

(Siracusa, Italy) 10 December 2014 ‐ The Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq (IHCHR) together with the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) concluded an eight‐day seminar to develop standard procedures for factfinding and investigation of human rights violations in Iraq, coinciding with Human Rights Day. The Board of Commissioners highlighted the importance of these procedures to enable them to fulfill their mandate under Law No. 53 (2008) of the Iraqi Constitution, which establishes the Human Rights Commission under the Paris Principles of Independence for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

Baghdad, 30 October 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, welcomes the recent liberation of the towns of Jurf al-Sakhr by the Iraqi Security Forces, and of Zumar by the Peshmerga forces from ISIL and associated armed groups. 

GENEVA/BAGHDAD ,19 October 2014 – A report published Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents the alarming rise in executions carried out by Iraq since the restoration of the death penalty in 2005.

AMMAN –A legislative task force has been set up by the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) in September 2014, with the support from the European Union and UNOPS.

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (2 October 2014) – A UN report released Thursday lists a “staggering array” of gross human rights abuses and “acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature” committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups over a nine-week period, as well as a number of violations committed by Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in their efforts to combat ISIL. 

Baghdad, 25 September 2014 – “The public execution of well-known human rights lawyer and activist, Ms. Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, in Mosul, is yet another of the innumerable sickening crimes committed against the people of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)”, said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, on learning of the unspeakable way Ms. Al-Nuaimy was seized from her home, tortured and murdered. “My heartfelt condolences are extended to Ms. Al-Nuaimy’s family and to the thousands other victims of ISIL’s brutality,” he added. 

Address by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

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