News from Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan: Security forces storm offices of NRT and close them by force


According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), at 6:45 pm on 19 December 2017, more than 200 armed members of Iraqi Kurdistan’s internal security forces stormed various…

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Iraq: Gulf Centre for Human Rights mourns death of photojournalist Arkan Sharif


It is with great sadness that the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received news of the murder of photojournalist Arkan Sharif. He was killed in the early hours on 30 October 2017 after a number of…

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Iraqi Kurdistan: NRT correspondent Ribwar Kakaie attacked during live coverage of the Kurdistan Parliament session


During a live television broadcast at about 7:00 pm on 29 October 2017, NRT’s TV crew was attacked by demonstrators with batons who stormed the Parliament building in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan…

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Iraq: Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad killed in Mosul by explosive device


Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad died on 19 June 2017 after an explosive device went off in Mosul, injuring three French journalists at the same time. One of them, Stéphane Villeneuve,…

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Iraq: NRT director and journalist arrested following report


Update: Iraq: On 05 June 2017, the Investigation Court in Kalar ordered the release of journalist Awat Ali, director of Kurdish-language NRT, on bail of six million Iraqi dinars (USD$5160). 2017-06-05…

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Iraq: Parliament postpones vote on draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration after popular protests


On 13 May 2017, the relevant parliamentary committees decided to postpone the vote on Iraq’s draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration for an indefinite period, following widespread…

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