Articles for Iraq

On 14 November 2017, Alkarama submitted to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances an Urgent appeal regarding the case of Mounir Al Jabouri. He was arrested on 14 April 2014, along with two of his cousins, by members of the 17th Division of the Iraqi Army. All the efforts of Al Jabouri’s family to locate him over the years remain in vain.

Authorities in Iraq released the two civilian activists, Khalil al-Jumaili and Asma al-Azzawi, and the peaceful protesters Shaker al-Khafaji and Ali al-Sudani, who were disappeared forcibly for periods ranging from more than two weeks to about two months.

On November 20, 2019, Alkarama and Ikram Center for Human Rights filed a complaint with the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) concerning the enforced disappearance of Iraqi minor Efane Hatem Daham al-Abbassi by an intelligence force in Tikrit, Salah al-Din province. Following Alkarama’s complaint, the CED addressed a verbal note to the Iraqi Government, seeking to clarify the fate of the victim.

الكرامة، 14 أغسطس 2019

خاطبت السيدة آنياس كالامار، المقرّرة الخاصة الأممية المعنية بحالات الإعدام خارج القضاء، في بيان نُشر يوم الاثنين 12 أغسطس 2019، حكومة فرنسا وحثّتها على التدخّل في حق سبعة فرنسيين مهددين بتنفيذ حكم الإعدام في حقهم بالعراق والمطالبة بإعادتهم إلى بلدهم.

وجاء هذا البيان عقب نداء توصلت به في 25 يونيو 2019 يذكّر بأنّ فرنسا، بعد أن ألغت عقوبة الإعدام، ملزمة قانونيًا بضمان عدم تعرّض مواطنيها لهذه العقوبة سواء في الداخل أو في الخارج.

On March 28, 2019, Alkarama submitted its shadow report ahead of Iraq’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR, which is held every four to five years, is a peer-review mechanism during which UN Member States assess each other’s human rights records and make recommendations based on the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(Geneva, January 31, 2019) – In January 2019, Alkarama was officially informed of the release of 37 individuals between mid-2018 and early 2019, who were employees of former Vice-President Tariq Al Hashimi and imprisoned since 2011-2012.

Imad Al Tamimi (L) and Israa Al Dujaili (R)


(Geneva, September 28, 2018) – On September 18, 2018, Alkarama submitted the cases of Imad Al Tamimi and Israa Al Dujaili to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (SRHRD), requesting that the independent expert call upon the Iraqi authorities to immediately cease all acts of reprisals against them.

Ahmed Al Husseini (L) and Mohammad Al Shahwani (R)


(Geneva, September 26, 2018) – On September 19 and 21, 2018, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly submitted two more cases of enforced disappearances in Iraq to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED).

Hicham Al Hayali

(Geneva, August 23, 2018) – On August 20, 2018, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly submitted four more cases of disappeared persons in Iraq to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED).

Clockwise from top left: Ahmad Al Jabouri, Bilal Al Bazi,Falah Al Bazi, Marwan Al Subaihi, Talib Al Jabouri, Shaker Al Mafraji, Ghassan Al Samarraei, and Dawoud Al Samarraie