Iraq

News in Brief 20 December 2019

  • UN chief pays tribute to Pope Francis for defence of “most vulnerable” 
  • Lesotho: tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests 
  • Targeted killings of rights activists in Iraq continue with complete impunity 
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Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns ‘violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory’

The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be “identified and brought to justice without delay”. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: climate crisis reports, renewal in Iraq, Zimbabwe’s hunger crisis, Disabilities Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories: New climate change reports on human health and global warming; Zimbabwe’s ‘worst hunger crisis in a decade’; protests and civil unrest show ‘renewed sense of patriotism’ in Iraq; UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights.

Protests and civil unrest show ‘renewed sense of patriotism’ in Iraq, UN envoy tells Security Council

After decades of sectarian strife and conflict, “a renewed sense of patriotism has taken hold”, the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Friday’s Daily Brief: violence in DR Congo, protester deaths in Iraq, human rights in Colombia, climate change conference, ‘high human cost’ of Ecuador unrest  

A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: attacks on communities in an Ebola outbreak hotspot in eastern DRC sparks a humanitarian crisis; Guterres expresses concerns at continued protester deaths in Iraq; UN-appointed panel raises concerns about violence against indigenous rights defenders in Colombia; 5 things you need to know about COP25; UN rights chief urges dialogue to ease Ecuador unrest. 

Iraq: UN ‘deeply concerned’ at continued protester deaths

UN chief António Guterres has expressed deep concern over reports of the continued use of live ammunition against demonstrators in Iraq.  

News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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Billions still needed to rebuild Iraq, only ‘a drop in the ocean’ received

The UN is working in Iraq on many fronts, including assisting the rebuilding of northern areas devastated during the war against ISIL terrorists, says the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there. Marta Ruedas cites the World Bank and Iraq Government in estimating that reconstruction will cost $88 billion - but just over $1 billion has been received so far. In a recent visit to UN Headquarters, she spoke to Liz Scaffidi, and began by addressing the recent political upheaval across Iraq, which has seen thousands of protesters killed and wounded.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: call for emission cuts, AIDS in decline, cyber-conflict warning

A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UNEP calls for emissions to be cut by more than half, AIDS down but thousands of children still missing out on treatment, UN chief warns of “digital divide”

Courage of terrorism survivors underlines ‘urgency’ of UN Investigative Team’s work in Iraq

The leader of the special UN Investigation Team probing crimes committed by ISIL terrorists in Iraq, said on Tuesday that the courage being demonstrated by survivors coming forward “serves to underline the urgency” they need to carry on with their work.