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Iraq: Authorities Violently Remove Protesters Saturday, 01 February 2020 00:09

(Beirut) – Iraqi authorities ramped up violent tactics to quash ongoing protests across Baghdad and southern Iraq between January 25 and 27, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces set fire to protesters’ tents, fired live ammunition, and detained protesters in Baghdad, Basra, and Nasriya. Human Rights Watch was unable to determine the extent of casualties or numbers detained. “The burning of protester tents in city squares looks like a coordinated effort by Iraqi authorities to force peaceful protesters from public…
GENEVA - A U.N. report says Islamic State militants in Iraq are often not getting fair trials and the judicial processes in the country are not up to international standards.  The report, jointly published by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq and the U.N. Human Rights Office, is based on hundreds of trials monitored between May 2018 and October 2019.  The report says those responsible for widespread atrocities in Iraq must be held accountable.  At the same time, it says it…
The embassies of 16 countries, including the US, on Monday condemned Iraq's use of force against protesters. The missions urged the government to guarantee “credible investigations and accountability” into the strife that has killed hundreds of people. The other countries were Britain Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden. More than 600 people have been killed in Iraq's anti-government protests that started in October, the Independent High Commission for Human…
Two Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded in protest-related violence on Tuesday, as authorities suspended a television station which has broadcast intensive coverage of the months-long movement demanding regime change. The youth-led campaign has pressed on despite violence that has killed more than 480 people, a vast majority of them protesters, since rallies erupted in Baghdad and Shiite-majority southern Iraq on October 1. Demanding snap elections, an independent prime minister and accountability for long-standing corruption and bloodshed, youths have occupied…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq’s southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. Clashes over the weekend had already killed at least five protesters. Rockets also hit the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone housing government buildings. Ambassadors of 16 countries in Baghdad including the United States, France…
BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces fired teargas and live bullets in clashes on Sunday with protesters angered by high-level corruption who resisted with stones and petrol bombs, Reuters witnesses and security sources said. One protester was killed in Baghdad, police sources said, and more than 100 demonstrators were hurt in the violence in the capital and several other cities after the security forces tried to clear sit-in protest camps, medical sources said. Other medical sources said 75 of those hurt…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq cracked down on anti-government protesters who have been occupying key public squares for months, leaving four demonstrators dead Saturday in a country reeling from political turmoil and violence. Security forces set fire to protesters’ tents in southern Iraq and reopened public areas in Baghdad just hours after a powerful Shiite cleric dealt a major blow to the movement by withdrawing his support, prompting his followers to leave the encampments. Security forces fired tear gas and live…

Young man killed as Baghdad protests rage Saturday, 25 January 2020 04:25

A masked protester stretches his arm out through a cloud of tear gas, trying to reach a comrade fatally injured by a blow to the head during clashes with security services in Iraq. Others crowd round the young man’s limp body. One grabs at his shirt, as they lower him to the ground. It was the moment captured by Reuters photographer Khalid al-Mousily during a series of rallies and running street battles in the center of Baghdad. Mousily, who has…
An anti-government activist was killed in Iraq's south by unidentified gunmen, amid a resurgence of rallies and road closures by protesters pressing authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.The youth-dominated movement is desperately trying to maintain momentum in the face of spiraling US-Iran tensions and a rival anti-American rally planned for Friday.But as they escalate their demonstrations, they have also faced a new wave of violence.Late Tuesday night, a female activist was killed by unidentified assailants as she was returning home from…
An Iraqi anti-government activist was gunned down in the southern port city of Basra, a police source told AFP on Wednesday, amid resurgent rallies demanding authorities implement long-awaited reforms. "Civil society activist Janat Madhi, 49, was shot on Tuesday night around 11:00pm (2000 GMT) by armed men in an SUV," the police source said, adding that five people including at least one other local activist were wounded in the shooting. A source at the city's forensics lab confirmed to AFP…
An anti-government activist was killed in Iraq's south by unidentified gunmen, amid a resurgence of rallies and road closures by protesters pressing authorities to implement long-awaited reforms. The youth-dominated movement is desperately trying to maintain momentum in the face of spiralling US-Iran tensions and a rival anti-American rally planned for Friday. But as they escalate their demonstrations, they have also faced a new wave of violence. Late Tuesday night, a female activist was killed by unidentified assailants as she was returning…

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