UN urges Iraq to address human rights abuses

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) released a report (PDF) June 27 pressing Iraqi leaders to develop measures addressing the growing trend of human rights abuses in the country. According to the UN, terrorist groups killed more than 3,100 Iraqi civilians and injured more than 12,100 during 2012. UNAMI stresses that these figures indicate a reversal in the reduction of violence in recent years and a growth in the use of “asymmetric tactics” deliberately targeting civilians. UNAMI notes that while political instability continues to impede security, leaders must do more to ensure “the proper coordination” of “financial, medical and other forms of support” for victims of violence. In addition UNAMI reports that the government continues to impose “lengthy periods of pre-trial detention” without formal charge because of the lack of resources provided to the judiciary. As a result, detainees have complained of inadequate access to legal counsel. UNAMI also calls on leaders to implement a moratorium on the death penalty in accordance with several UN resolutions. According to the report, the government executed 123 prisoners during 2012, some after extracting confessions through abuse and torture. UNAMI urges the government to take all necessary measures to implement the recommendations set forth in the report.

From Jurist, June 28. Used with permission.