Print

UN rights chief expresses concern about Iraq's fast-tracking of executions

02 August 2016

On 1 August, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed serious concern that Iraq has created a committee to accelerate implementation of death sentences.

“Given the weaknesses of the Iraqi justice system, and the current environment in Iraq, I am gravely concerned that innocent people have been and may continue to be convicted and executed, resulting in gross, irreversible miscarriages of justice,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a news release.

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq (OHCHR) has revealed a consistent failure to respect due process and fair trial standards, including a reliance on torture to extract confessions.

UNAMI and OHCHR have also noted the lack of transparency, with the authorities failing to provide timely public information on executions.

Read more

World news
High Commissioner addressed United States Attorney General in defense of rights of Bogdana Osipova

High Commissioner addressed United States Attorney General in defense of rights of Bogdana Osipova

18 August 2020
High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova addressed Attorney General of the United States of America Mr. William P. Barr for the protection of the rights of Russian citizen Bogdana Osipova. Dear Mr. Barr, I hereby present my compliments to you. As a High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, I am deeply concerned about the situation…
High Commissioner addressed Samarkand Youth Rights Forum

High Commissioner addressed Samarkand Youth Rights Forum

12 August 2020
On August 12, International Youth Day, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova took part in Samarkand Human Rights Forum "Youth 2020: Global Solidarity, Sustainable Development and Human Rights". The web forum was held to discuss the role of youth in ensuring peace and security, implementing the sustainable development goals and identifying…
His Excellency Michel Moussa, Head of the Human Rights Committee of Lebanon

His Excellency Michel Moussa, Head of the Human Rights Committee of Lebanon

05 August 2020
Your Excellency! I express my most sincere and deepest condolences in connection with the recent terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of so many people and caused massive destruction in Beirut. Let me also convey my words of sympathy and support to the families, relatives and friends of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. I wish you and your compatriots…
World news