05 June 2020
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Protestors in Iraq’s Dhi Qar province yesterday stormed the office of the head of the local Health Ministry forcing him to resign over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak amid the biggest rise in the number of cases over a 24-hour period. Video footage emerged on social media showing Abdul Hussain Al-Jabri signing his resignation letter after protestors barged into his office. Protests have been taking place in the province since Tuesday with several demonstrators injured and arrested, according to Al-Hurra.…
Corruption on Iraq’s borders is robbing the government of its customs income, a member of the parliamentary financial committee has warned. According to Member of the Parliamentary Financial Committee Magda Al-Tamimi 90 per cent  of Iraq’s customs revenue goes to corrupt people instead of reaching state coffers, Rudaw reported yesterday. In the interview, she referred to “forgery of 174,000 state properties”, noting that the teams from the Office of Financial Supervision and inspectors had been informed. State properties have been transferred into…
Hundreds of Iraqi activists, journalists and social media users launched a new campaign on social media calling to reveal the fate of tens of thousands of forcibly disappeared persons. The activists launched the Arabic hashtag for “where are they”, demanding the fate of thousands of Iraqis who were kidnapped or forcibly disappeared by various parties over the past two decades be revealed. Earlier this month, the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, ordered the disclosure of the fate and whereabouts of thousands…
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – According to a new report, there are diplomatic efforts made in secret by Tehran to change its policies towards Iraq after the assassination of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani during a U.S. raid near Baghdad International Airport. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported that the goal of the new methods pursued by Iran is to break the political deadlock in Baghdad, and to accelerate the departure of nearly 5,000 US soldiers from Iraq, according to three…
None of the perpetrators has been detained or tried for the crimes, the report said.  BAGHDAD – Hundreds of people were killed and thousands wounded in the anti-government protests in Iraq last fall and winter that halted political life and immobilized cities from Baghdad to Basra. In addition, more than 100 people were abducted, and some tortured, by armed groups opposed to the protests, according to a report released Saturday by the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance…
Baghdad, May 24 (IANS): A total of 123 people have been kidnapped since the anti-government protests first broke out in Iraq until March 21, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report. The abducted people, mostly political activists before the rallies, took part in or supported demonstrations that began on October 1, 2019 and criticized the government or political groups on social media, the report issued by UNAMI on Saturday said. All of them were kidnapped in public…
There has long been a perception in Iraq that journalists live high-rolling lives, free from the pressures that many face in the country on a daily basis. But the reality is often one of death threats, and financial and political pressure. One such case is that of Ali Jawad, a former journalist with the state-owned Al-Iraqiya TV news outlet. On 5 March the director of the Iraqi Media Network - which own Al-Iraqiya - issued a statement asking the finance department to…
On Tuesday, police in Baghdad detained a shopkeeper after he said on Facebook that he had bribed an officer to allow him to keep his store open during the coronavirus lockdown. In response, police officers forcibly shaved his head and beard, posting photos of the result on social media. Though the interior ministry has said it is investigating the incident, for many Iraqis it illustrates the impunity with which the country’s security forces are allowed to operate - despite promises from…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – When 752 tons of wheat went missing from a state grain silo in Najaf this year, the site manager claimed it had been pilfered by flocks of hungry birds. Anti-graft officials aren’t convinced. Iraq’s integrity commission, parliament, and provincial officials in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf have launched a probe into the alleged avian antics, which seem a little farfetched.As the missing grain is said to be worth at least $350,000, investigators believed it was stolen by…
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Iraq has one of the highest numbers of missing people in the world. The International Commission on Missing Persons, which has been working in partnership with the Iraqi government to help recover and identify the missing, estimates that the number could range from 250,000 to one million. Since 2016, Human Rights Watch has been documenting continued enforced disappearances by Iraqi security forces. As far as the organization is aware, authorities in Baghdad and in the Kurdistan Region…
The anti-government protests that have rocked Iraq's southern provinces since last year are now a co-ordinated movement that will soon put forward a unified list of demands, activists said in an online briefing on Friday. The protests abated amid a lockdown to contain the country's coronavirus outbreak but flared up again last week after the appointment of former national intelligence chief Mustafa Al Kadhimi as prime minister. “We will not stop until our demands are met and if we feel…
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