Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here
We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Continuous killing of Journalists
Following the killing of journalists Nawras al-Nuaimi and Kawa Muhammad Ahmad Garmyani in December 2013, the targeting of journalists has continued in Iraq with many living in abject fear.
On 25 March 2014, Amnesty International issued a public statement calling on the Iraqi authorities to be more proactive in the effort to protect journalists. The organisation strongly condemns the killing of Mohammad Bdaiwi al-Shammari (pictured above), a university professor, journalist and the Baghdad Bureau chief for Radio Free Iraq.
Professor al-Shammari was shot dead on 22 March 2014 by a member of the Kurdish Presidential Guards in Baghdad after apparently being denied access to the presidential complex. The decision to refuse entry apparently led to an argument which culminated in the tragic killing. The guard apparently fled the scene but was later arrested. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki reacted to the killing by saying: “It will be my responsibility to avenge this killing, and blood can only be atoned by blood.”
Amnesty International has expressed concerns at Prime Minister al-Maliki’s statement, insisting that such a statement illustrates utter disregard to the rule of law. Amnesty International thus implore the Iraqi authorities to ensure that the killer of professor al-Shammari receives a fair trial according to international standards and without recourse to the death penalty.
Ostensibly the Prime Minister’s statement angered politicians in both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and heightened ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds. It was reported by the Iraqi Journalist Union that the following day Raji Hamad Allah, editor at the Iraqi Media Network in Babil was the subject of an the attempted murder. An armed group shot at him while he was driving to his office.
Iraq draft Personal Status Law
On 25 February 2014 Iraq’s Council Ministers agreed on a draft Personal Status Law which will be passed to parliament for adoption before being implemented as law. Amnesty International has expressed concerns that if it is adopted as law, would further erode the rights of women and girls and legalise sexual abuse against them. If adopted the law will only apply to Shi’a Iraqis and residents
Amnesty International urges Iraq's MPs not to adopt the proposed draft law, and highlights the fact that it violates Iraq's obligations under the UN Convention to Eliminate all forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which were ratified by Iraq in 1986 and 1994, respectively.
There were no Iraq Urgent Actions for the month of March.
Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International has been working to protect and promote human rights in Iraq and has worked endlessly to secure the release individuals unjustly held in detention. Our Individuals At Risk (IAR) portfolio, which contains numerous cases of individuals whose lives are threatened, continues to increase as the turmoil escalate in Iraq. The following individuals continue to be at risk in Iraq and Amnesty International is exerting maximum effort to ensure they are treated fairly and in accordance with the standards of international law.
Nabhan ‘Adel Hamdi, Mu’ad Muhammad ‘Abed, ‘Amer Ahmad Kassar and Shakir Mahmoud ‘Anad
The men were sentenced to death on 3 December 2012. They were convicted of offences under Iraq’s 2005 Anti-Terrorism Law. The four men were detained between the end of March and early April 2012 and reportedly tortured while held incommunicado for several weeks at the Directorate of Counter-Crime in Ramadi, al-Anbar Province, western Iraq. Their ‘confessions’ were then broadcast on local television.
Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad
Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad, a Palestinian born in Iraq, was arrested on 21 July 2006 at the height of sectarian violence in the Zayouna district of Baghdad, and held incommunicado for more than a year. He said he was tortured and coerced into confessing to membership of an armed group and planning to plant explosives.
Ibrahim Karim Mohammed al-Qaragholi
Ibrahim Karim Mohammed al-Qaragholi was sentenced to death for murder and kidnapping in October 2008 and is being held at al-Kadhimiya Prison in Baghdad with other prisoners on death row.
Ramze Shihab Ahmed
68-year old Ramze Shihab Ahmed, who has dual Iraqi and British nationality, was arrested in Iraq in December 2009 and taken to a secret prison at an old airport in Baghdad, where he was repeatedly tortured and forced to confess to links with al-Q'aida. Now held in a different
prison, he has still not been charged with a crime, and there has been no investigation into his allegations of torture.
Walid Yunis Ahmad
Walid Yunis Ahmad was arrested on 6 February 2000 in Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He was subjected to an enforced disappearance for three years, before his family learned that he was alive. During this time he was tortured and went on hunger strike in protest against his detention. He is currently held in solitary confinement without charge or trial, at the Asayish building in Erbil. He is however said to be of good health and has been visited by his family.
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While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
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