Iraq

Return of Kuwaiti property by Iraq, signals hope of ‘full normalization’ between nations: UN Chief

The Iraqi government’s latest moves toward constructive engagement with Kuwait mark a step towards “the full normalization” of relations between the two countries following decades of strained relations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

Outgoing UN official praises Iraq’s ‘exemplary peaceful transfer of power’ at the top

In his last briefing as the top United Nations official in Iraq, Ján Kubiš updated the Security Council on the country’s post-election political settlement, commending the “exemplary peaceful transfer of power” between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his successor, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who was sworn in at the end of October.

News in Brief 06 November 2018

  • Mass graves uncovered in former ISIL-held areas of Iraq
  • Access granted to free child soldiers in South Sudan, says UN Special Representative Gamba
  • China announces human rights progress amid detention camp concerns
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ISIL’s ‘legacy of terror’ in Iraq: UN verifies over 200 mass graves

Investigators have uncovered more than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas of Iraq formerly controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), according to a United Nations human rights report out on Tuesday.

News in Brief 25 October 2018

  • Low female peacekeeping numbers “crippling to UN credibility: UN chief
  • Essential step towards universal health coverage reached at UN conference
  • UN envoy concerned by lack of women in new Iraq Government
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In Iraq, UN welcomes new President, and Prime Minister-designate, calls for ‘truly representative’ cabinet

The United Nations Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, on Wednesday, welcomed the designation of a new Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, and urged political leaders to promote women’s meaningful representation in politics.

News In Brief 05 September 2018

  • Top UN official in Iraq calls for calm following Basra fatalities
  • Burundi Government involved in summary executions: UN investigators
  • A quarter of the world’s adults are inactive
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Iraq milestone: Some four million people return home, displacement drops to four-year low

For the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.

UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Elpida Rouka

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Elpida Rouka worked with the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. She was at the UN compound on the day of the attack for final meetings with Mr. Vieira de Mello and others as the programme was concluding its activities.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Darko Mocibob

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Darko Mocibob, a senior UN official, had lived through the war in his native Bosnia. The day in Baghdad, bomb blast upended the office where was working.

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