April 18, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq ...[read more]
April 14, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On April 14, 2008, Associated Press (AP) photographer Bilal Hussein was released from custody by the US military. Hussein was released after confirmation that his conduct fell under Iraq's amnesty law. Hussein was held by the US military since his arrest in April 2006 for allegedly possessing ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq", asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured pol... ...[read more]
March 15, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Iraq's Justice Ministry announced Monday that it will close a Green Zone detention center because of alleged human rights violations. Justice spokesperson Haidar al-Saad said this decision was made after last month's investigation into the prison's living conditions. The prison population in the ...[read more]
February 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Iraqi government is operating secret prisons, and suspects held in Iraqi custody have been systematically tortured since before the 2003 US invasion, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Broken Bodies, Tortured Minds: Abuse and Neglect of Detainees in ...[read more]
September 13, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
The Iraqi government is unlawfully detaining and torturing thousands of detainees, according to a Monday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detention in Iraq" estimates that more than 30,000 detainees are currently being held in Iraqi prisons ...[read more]
June 8, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged European leaders to stop the upcoming deportation of asylum seekers to Iraq because their human rights may be violated in unsafe regions of the country. Authorities in the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands are taking part in a joint effort ...[read more]
March 30, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
The number of countries using the death penalty continued to drop during 2009, according to an annual report published Monday by Amnesty International (AI). According to the report, more than 700 people were executed last year in 18 countries, with the most executions carried out in Iran, Iraq, ...[read more]
May 24, 2009
by Ximena Marinero
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that he will seek to amend a 2008 amnesty lawbecause its application has allowed too many accused of corruption and terrorism to be released. Speaking before both Shia and Sunni leaders, al-Maliki said the law had been inappropriately changed... ...[read more]
June 22, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts
A spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council has said that the country's recently-enacted amnesty law has resulted in charges being dropped against over 75,000 people with some 20,000 others being ordered freed from detention, according to Reuters Sunday. It was not clear how many prisone... ...[read more]

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