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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.

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