U. N. HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS CALL ON IRAQ: STOP MASS EXECUTIONS NOW


26/11/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- In Iraq, concern has been raised at the United Nations that nearly 50 prisoners convicted of terrorism crimes will be sentenced to death, deprived of the right to a fair trial.

Expressing concern about the death penalty, human rights experts at the United Nations have called on Iraq to immediately end mass executions.

In Iraq, one of the countries where death sentences are most practiced in the world, 21 prisoners convicted of involvement in terrorist activities were executed last month.

In Iraq, it is claimed that about 4 thousand prisoners, most of whom have been sentenced to death for terrorist crimes, are sentenced to death. According to human rights experts, hundreds of prisoners are being executed as soon as the execution decision is approved.

"We call on the Iraqi government to fulfill its international legal responsibilities and immediately end executions," a joint call by UN officials specializing in torture, arbitrary arrests and Human Rights Protection said.

The United Nations said those prosecuted under the Iraq Anti-Terrorism Act were deprived of the most basic right, defence. The UN also stressed that torture and ill-treatment allegedly took place during his detention in Iraq was not investigated.

The Iraqi government, meanwhile, has yet to respond to the accusations against the justice system.

China is one of the countries where capital punishment is most practiced in the world. China is followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt. According to Amnesty International (AI), 657 people were executed in 20 countries worldwide in 2019. However, civil society organizations claim that this figure is much higher because of execution files stored by states.


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