Erbil, 26 May 2021: On 25 and 26 May 2021, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office conducted a two-day training workshop for the staff of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Iraq who work on human rights issues.

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Wednesday, 03 March 2021 14:12

Launch of ‘Breaking the Silence’

Baghdad, Iraq, 3 March 2021 – Identifying joint advocacy opportunities to encourage efforts to criminalize domestic violence in Iraq, formalize an effective support system for survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for crimes committed inside the home was at the centre of the virtual launching event of the short film ‘Breaking the Silence’. The film illustrates the plight of survivors of domestic violence, who are often silenced by societal gendered norms and behaviour, reluctant to come forward and seek support.

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 19:27

‘Breaking the Silence’

Launch of ‘Breaking the Silence’ - a short film prepared by the UNAMI Human Rights Office to encourage efforts to criminalize domestic violence in Iraq, formalize an effective support system for survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for crimes committed inside the home.

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An innovative new rap song, “Together”, on COVID-19 awareness targets youth but carries a message for all age groups.

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An innovative new rap song, “Together”, on COVID-19 awareness targets youth but carries a message for all age groups. Performed by Raz Zeki, a Kurdish recording artist from Sulaymaniyah and commissioned by UNAMI Human Rights Office, the rap song reminds listeners of their vital role in containing the spread of COVID-19 while highlighting the importance of helping each other during these tough times.

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On 21 and 22 December, a UNAMI delegation led by Ms Danielle Bell, Chief of Human Rights Office and Representative, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Iraq, visited the Nasiriyah Central Prison, also known as ‘Al Hoot’.

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Baghdad, 9 December 2020 – A workshop for Iraqi Civil Society Organizations on promoting protection from enforced disappearances, facilitated by UNAMI Human Rights Office in collaboration with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), provided a platform to strengthen the capacity of CSOs as participants shared knowledge, exchanged information and discussed tools and strategies to promote protection.

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Baghdad – A reparations framework that protects and strengthens the rights of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence must be established, backed by a law that places survivors at the heart of all efforts to address the consequences, a conference to strengthen awareness on the issue reaffirmed.

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On 5 and 7 October, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) held its constructive public dialogue with Iraq. This is Iraq’s second dialogue, since its ratification of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, in 2010. The dialogue was held as part of the 19th CED session in Geneva and for the first time held entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BAGHDAD/GENEVA, 27 August 2020 – Despite promising steps by the current Government of Iraq concerning human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of recent demonstrations, accountability remains elusive, according to a UN report released on Thursday.

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