Iraq

Responding to human rights report, UN official calls on Iraq to end executions

The United Nations human rights chief today called on Iraq to move towards abolishing the death penalty, saying – in response to the latest periodic report on Iraq’s human rights record – that the rate of executions in the country this year “cannot be justified.”

UN envoy strongly condemns wave of deadly violence in Iraq

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq strongly condemned today attacks that have claimed dozens of lives across the Middle Eastern nation since Sunday, in many cases targeting civilians.

Over five million Iraqi children deprived of basic services and rights – UNICEF

The most comprehensive survey on the situation of women and children in Iraq shows that 32 per cent of children under the age of 18 are deprived of many basic services, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Secretary-General calls on Iraqi leaders to resolve differences between themselves and with Kuwait

Meeting with Iraqi leaders today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised concerns about political divisions in the country, while also reiterating his call for it and Kuwait to fully mend ties between them.

UN development chief discusses progress, technical assistance and partnerships during Iraq visit

In a visit to Iraq which ended today, the United Nations development chief met with a range of senior Government officials to discuss the country’s progress and future plans to improve access to basic services, strengthen the economy and protect human rights and the environment.

Iraq: joint UN report finds that food insecurity decreased significantly over past five years

The number of people in Iraq who face food insecurity has decreased by more than 250,000 over the past five years, according to the findings of a United Nations report, released today in conjunction with the Iraqi Government.

UN Security Council welcomes continued cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait

The United Nations Security Council welcomes the continued cooperation of the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait, the 15-member said today in a press statement today.

Iraq: UN envoy flags improved Kuwait links, with progress depending on ‘restoration of confidence’

Highlighting improvements in relations between Iraq and Kuwait, the United Nations top official in Iraq today said that progress will “depend on the restoration of confidence between both sides” and encouraged further momentum from the two countries.

UN envoy voices dismay following deadly attacks in Iraq

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq voiced his dismay today following a series of attacks against innocent civilians, including worshippers, in the country.

In Iraq, UN envoy urges expansion of development programmes in Basra region

The United Nations top envoy in Iraq has welcomed the expansion of UN programmes in the country’s southern Basra region following a two-day visit which included meetings with local officials.