Iraq

UNESCO hails return of looted ancient Gilgamesh tablet to Iraq

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet - one of the oldest surviving literary works in history - is to be returned to Iraq by the United States later this week, the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), said on Monday.

First Person: Human trafficking, migrant smuggling, still significant threats in Asia

Human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants are going to remain significant threats to human security, that’s according to a trafficking and migrant expert working in the Middle East and Asia region for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Iraq: Clock ticks on all-important elections, commitment to credibility needed

With just 46 days until Iraq goes to the polls, the UN Assistance Mission for the country (UNAMI) is stepping up its communications to inform voters about their conduct, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council on Wednesday, stressing that it is up to the political parties themselves to refrain from attempts to distort the results.
 

Iraq: Put torture prevention laws into practice, urges Bachelet

 Although laws in Iraq criminalize torture and set out procedural safeguards to prevent it, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), makes clear that the practice continues in jails throughout the country. 

UN chief underlines commitment to justice for Yazidis in Iraq

Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Iraqi authorities to swiftly implement a new law to assist Yazidi survivors of ISIL atrocities, the UN said on Tuesday in a statement marking seven years since the extremist group brutally targeted the religious minority and other communities. 

Iraq: Bomb attack on eve of Eid al-Adha, ‘terrorism knows no bounds’ 

Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the “horrific bomb attack targeting civilians” at a busy market in the northeast of the Iraqi capital, just before the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Courts must now try ISIL crimes which ‘rip at the soul of humanity’: Karim Khan

The outgoing head of the UN team investigating crimes committed by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, was in New York this week to give his final report to the Security Council where he delivered “clear” evidence of genocide. 

Karim Khan, Special Adviser and head of UNITAD, said there was some way to go before justice is done on behalf of the victims of crimes – such as the Yazidis - that “rip at the soul of humanity”.  Matt Wells began by asking him to summarize the report’s findings. 

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News in Brief 13 May 2021

  • South Sudan: UN humanitarian offical condemns killing of aid worker
  • UN labour agency ILO and partners tackle child labour in Iraq
  • Expert meeting to examine science and technology for COVID-19 response
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Back to Mogadishu: one Somali doctor’s good news story

In this week’s UN Catch-Up: would you return to your war-shattered country to help rebuild it? That’s exactly what one Somali doctor did - she tells us her inspiring story. We’ll have news on the serious escalation in Middle East and the Myanmar crisis – it’s passed the 100-day mark – a call for International Criminal Court proceedings for genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis, and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal for bold WHO reforms, to prevent another devastating pandemic from happening again. With comment from regular guest Solange Behoteguy Cortes from UN Geneva.

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Iraq: New UN report shines light on ‘deeply worrying’ pattern of restrictions in Kurdistan 

Over the past year, freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been increasingly curtailed, according to a UN report issued on Wednesday.