TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق
Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves



Public meeting at SOAS, London 17/3/2015 at 19:00 Forced Displacement Internal Strife or Global Issue?

Professor Philip Marfleet, CMRB, University of East London Mike Phipps,Iraq Occupation Focus

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Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here

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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.


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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

On youtube: Part1
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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe

Thursday, December 3, 2015

UNICEF the killing of Children in Iraq

Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative, Peter Hawkins and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš

Since the beginning of this year, 189 children have been killed and a 301 injured due to conflict in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 3 December 2015 - "The ongoing conflict in Iraq is taking a heavy toll on the country’s most vulnerable citizens – its children.

"In one incident on 26 November, eight children were reportedly killed and six injured during a military operation in Al Halabsa village, near the city of Fallujah.  Most children were under 10 years old. The incident happened at night, when people were likely to be in their homes.  The UN is verifying an additional 15 incidents registered in October and November of attacks on civilian areas in Fallujah, by all parties to the conflict. UNAMI and UNICEF remain very concerned with the safety of Iraq’s children who continue to suffer from the effects of hostilities across the country. Ongoing operations in Ramadi, Mosul, Tala’afar and other conflict-affected areas in Iraq raise the risk of additional grave violations of child rights. 

"Since the beginning of the year, a total of 189 children have been confirmed killed and another 301 injured as a result of the conflict in Iraq. In addition, hundreds of children in conflict-affected areas have been prevented to access basic services, such as health or education due to attacks on schools and hospitals. For instance, in Ramadi alone a total of 45 schools have been destroyed or damaged as a result of conflict since last year.

"UNAMI and UNICEF urge all parties to the conflict to abide by the principles of proportionality and distinction in the course of military operations, to protect children and other civilians from the effects of violence to the maximum extent possible, and to respect the civilian nature of schools and medical facilities.
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http://www.unicef.org/media/media_86435.html

Sunday, November 22, 2015

شروط صندوق النقد الدولي الاستعمارية التي وافقت عليها حكومة العبادي .




شروط صندوق النقد الدولي الاستعمارية التي وافقت عليها حكومة العبادي الحرامية. إلغاء البطاقة التموينية وكل انواع الدعم الاخرى على السلع مثل الكهرباء والبنزين وخفض رواتب موظفي القطاع العام وتسريح الموظفين من الدولة بما يتناسب والرواتب المحددة بالاتفاقية وشروط اخرى تجعل صندوق النقد استعمار ثالث بعد امريكا وايران. وبدل مايرجع العبادي المبالغ اللي نهبها حزب الدعوة واعطاها لايران راح تطلع من ضلع المواطن العراقي المظلوم.

Posted by Souad Al-Azzawi on Link to video of the report 19 November 2015

'I'll warm myself on fire of revenge': Hatred hangs in ruins of Iraq's Sinjar


SINJAR, IRAQ 


Iraqi woman protester

https://www.facebook.com/AlalamyRahbSalh/videos/889740521104823/
أمٌ عراقية أصيلة، أثناء مشاركتها في تظاهرة ثورة شباب التحرير، تعاتب القوات الامنية المخلصة في حماية السُرّاق والفاسدين والمجرمين في المنطقة الخضراء بينما يُترك المواطن العراقي عرضة للتفجيرات والقتل والسلب والنهب من قبل الميليشيات المدعومة من حكومة المنطقة الخضراء
Iraqi mother laments the birth pain of mothers of the policemen guarding the Green Zone full of thieves while ordinary citizens fend for themseleves

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Iraq: Kurdistan Regional Government must rein in armed political party militias and investigate killings during protests

 By Amnesty International, , Index number: MDE 14/2711/2015
Amnesty International has today called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities to rein in armed political party militias and open an independent, impartial and thorough investigation into the deaths of three men and two teenage boys during protests at offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on 9 and 10 October.

View report in English


https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde14/2711/2015/en/


Iraq: Protesters Beaten, Abducted

Prosecutors Fail to Investigate

Visible injuries suffered by a protester in Baghdad, Iraq after being detained and beaten with cables by unidentified attackers in civilian clothes on September 18, 2015. Photo taken September 20, 2015. On September 18, three groups of men in civilian clothes grabbed, beat, and carried off three activists after they left a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, all three activists told Human Rights Watch. The incidents, at about 7:30 p.m., took place between Saadoun and Abu Nuwwas Streets and in plain sight of uniformed Iraqi soldiers operating two nearby checkpoints.
The men first abducted Ali Hashim, a 37-year-old local activist. A second group beat and then dragged away Imad Taha, 50, who ran toward Hashim’s cries for help. And the third stopped and seized Dhirgham Muhsin, 28, as he went toward where he heard Taha being beaten. All three were forced into a Ford pick-up, blindfolded, and handcuffed from behind, then driven to a building a few minutes away, all three told Human Rights Watch.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/10/23/iraq-protesters-beaten-abducted

Kurdish Fighters give up the fight against Daesh


And nobody knows how many of the Iraqi Kurdish military are leaving the country, along with what might best be described as a tidal wave of youthful Iraqis who are leaving the country because they've lost all hope that the government can solve any of the political, financial or military crises that beset their homeland.
There are no detailed figures because often people are leaving the country illegally via people smuggling routes or they are arrested when they reach their destinations, Dashty Jamal, the head of the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, told NIQASH. Members of the Peshmerga are just as desperate to get out of the country as other Iraqis, Jamal added.
“I came home on July 17, 2015, on the first day of the Eid holiday,” says Aram Kareem, an Iraqi Kurdish policeman who had been assigned duties in an area just outside of Iraqi Kurdistan's official borders. “But I never left for duty again. I sold my furniture and then I took my wife and three kids and I left the country. I've lost hope,” explains Kareem, who is now in a refugee camp in Poland with his family after using people smugglers to get to Europe, via Turkey and Bulgaria. The political crisis around the Iraqi kurdish presidency that seems to have paralysed local government for the time being , alongside the ongoing financial crisis, caused his despondency, Kareem says.
http://www.niqash.org/en/articles/security/5137/Kurdish-Soldiers-Forced-To-Buy-Own-Bullets-Exit-Iraq-For-Good.htm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Poverty in Iraq grows as budgets squeezed


More shanty towns are appearing across Baghdad, adding a wave of refugees to those already living in dire poverty
Last update: 
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- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/poverty-iraq-promised-reforms-1887217637#sthash.aP3RIuvS.dpuf
BAGHDAD – Four-year-old Saja and three-year-old Huda were playing in their front yard. In one of the capital’s random residential compounds that have spread significantly in the past few years, the two barefoot girls, wearing dusty, threadbare clothes, ran around heaps of waste and debris and down an uneven mud road, covered with coarse gravel and glass shards.
Just a few miles away is Baghdad’s fancy al-Mansour neighbourhood, the country's largest mall, with expensive international clothing stores and high-end restaurants in which a meal for a couple will cost no less than $300.
"It’s a free place,” said Adnan, Saja's father, of their home in the al-Wishash area in the city's north. Adnan found metallic sheets in a dump and used them, along with bed sheets, to build three rooms off the side of an old Ba’ath Party government building.
“We have been living here since 2006 when we were displaced and forced to leave our homes, stores and everything that we ever owned.”
Alongside 14 family members, including two stepmothers and two sister-in-laws, Saja and her sister live in the shaky three-room house built of bricks and tin plates. The house is surrounded by mountains of garbage.
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/poverty-iraq-promised-reforms-1887217637#sthash.aP3RIuvS.dpuf

The Protests in Iraq

There has been sporadic local protests in Southern provinces for the last three years, continuation of the first round of mass protests in 2011 which was violently suppressed.  The local protests involves demonstrations in front of local government offices, blocking public roads, vigils at entrances to oil company and port facilities in Fao, Um Qasr and Ma’aqal. There is a long list of grievances, general and local people complain about, mixed with political tribal rivalries, with trade unions curiously not prominent.
Friday 17 July in Madeyna in Basra a demonstration against the electricity cuts in searing heat turned violent. There was shooting and a young demonstrator Muntadhar Al-Halfi was killed. This sparked more demonstrations in Basra, largest of which was on 31 July with slogans directed at corrupt officials. There are local rivalries between religious parties that play a role, but the demos was nonpartisan, non-sectarian, and in fact vilifies by the main political groups. This spread to other provinces through various media coordination methods.  Basra is the third largest province in Iraq, and produces 90% of the income of the Baghdad government, yet it has neither regular electricity, nor clean drinking water. Its local government is dominated by religious parties and rife with corruption.
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Iraq: When will it end?

TUESDAY, 17 MARCH 2015

Mike Phipps

Twelve years on from the 2003 invasion of Iraq, there is no let-up in the misery being inflicted on the Iraqi people. The UN mission to Iraq says violence in the country claimed the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 civilians.

The war crimes of Isis are well-documented: summary executions including of children and people on account of their sexuality; men flogged for using mobile phones; the kidnapping of hundreds of women from the Yazidi sect, who were subjected to physical and sexual abuse, slavery and forced marriage.

Thousands of rare manuscripts in Mosul’s library have been destroyed along with priceless antiquities at the museum. ISIS has blown up the historic wall of Nineveh and destroyed the  ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud and 2,000 year-old ruins at Hatra.

These are a form of genocide, aimed at erasing the collective identity of the Iraqi people. But is it so different from the mentality of the US, who permitted looting of treasures in the early days of the occupation?  A total of 15,000 invaluable Mesopotamian artefacts disappeared from the national museum, as Haifa Zangana pointed out recently. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/27/destruction-iraq-ancient-artefacts-war-crime-islamic-state

The US also used ancient historic archaeological sites as military bases, such as Ur, capital of the 3,000 old Sumerian civilisation, or Babylon where 300,000 square metres of the site were flattened - including 2,600 year old paving stones, by US tanks.

It is worth considering this because what we are told about Isis again and again is that they are uniquely evil. But actually there are recent precedents for many of their crimes from the very forces now ranged against them.

It’s reported that ISIS used chlorine gas in an attack on Iraqi soldiers. International law prohibits this. But in Falluja, the US used banned weapons against civilians whose toxic effects are being reflected in birth defects that could continue for generations to come. A recent survey in the city showed a four-fold increase in all cancers and a twelve-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14 year olds.

And like all previous conflict in the last 12 years in Iraq, caught between these opposing forces, it is the civilians who are suffering. The country’s Human Rights Commission reported recently that Iraqis under siege by Isis militants in the town of al-Baghdadi are turning to grass and weeds as means of sustenance.

Meanwhile as tens of thousands flee the Isis-controlled city of Tikrit, the US Human Rights Commission has called on Iraqi forces to protect civilians from revenge attacks by pro-government militias. According to Al-Arabiya, “By U.S. Army General Dempsey’s admission, Iran's proxy Shiite militias make the overwhelming majority of the forces fighting ISIS in the Iraqi town of Tikrit. Out of roughly 25,000 fighters, 20,000 of those, said Dempsey, are from militias funded and trained by Iran, thus highlighting Tehran’s rising influence and dominance in neighboring Iraq.”
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/03/12/Iran-s-moment-of-victory-in-Tikrit-.html

The Iraqi government has earmarked $60 million to Shiite militias. It’s part of the tribalisation of a country that was once a beacon of anti-colonial nationalism against western imperialist interests.

In Mosul itself  as many as one million people could flee the city if the Iraqi army, backed by US air strikes, seeks to recapture it, aid agencies say. Dozens of homes have had letters left on the doorstep by a shadowy group calling itself the Freemen of Mosul saying "vengeance is coming," and containing threats of retribution.

Serious questions are also being raised about the air strikes intended to destroy Isis forces by the US and its allies. There is evidence of scores of non-combatants killed since the US bombardment began in August. In one particular incident, an estimated 65 civilians, mainly women and children, were bombed in a crowded market, an atrocity scarcely reported in western media.  Just last week, 22 Iraqi soldiers were killed by US aircraft “friendly fire” on the edge of Ramadi.

The UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, France, Belgium, as well as Singapore, Canada and Australia - are active in northern Iraq. Last  week the Brits sent another 60 military personnel. To do what? Last month a House of Commons Select Committee report was absolutely scathing about Coalition aims in Iraq. It declared itself “shocked by the inability or unwillingness of any of the service chiefs to provide a clear, and articulate statement of the UK’s objectives or strategic plan in Iraq. There was a lack of clarity over who owns the policy – and indeed whether or not such a policy exists.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/isis-in-iraq-britain-has-no-plan-for-tackling-the-militants-and-no-idea-whos-in-charge-10031274.html

But this confusion is not unique to Britain, US CIA Director said recently, that in Iraq the “good guys and the bad guys” are “tough to sort out.”

A lack of strategy, policy, understanding and leadership - but that won’t stop Britain and the US running their bombing raids - as if all Iraq needed was more bombs.

Over the next few weeks, millions of ordinary people will be talking politics and all over the country, election hustings are being organised. We should go to these meetings and ask: Twelve years on from the invasion of Iraq, when is it going to end? When will you stop the endless war and bombing and western-inflicted misery on the Iraqi people? When will the Iraqi people get justice, some reparations for the damage done to their country, prosecutions of the war criminals who inflicted it, control over their own natural resources, an end to foreign interference, and an end to western military intervention?

http://justiceforiraq.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/iraq-when-will-it-end.html

HRW Sectarian militia abuses after 'recapture' of Tikrit

In December 2014, following international criticism of militia abuses during the operations to retake the town of Amerli, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised to bring the militias—formally part of the Popular Mobilization Forces but in practice independent actors—under state control. The massive unlawful destruction of houses following the recapture of Tikrit shows that reining in the militias and holding accountable those responsible for crimes remains an urgent priority. The Iraqi cabinet on April 7 formally recognized the Popular Mobilization Forces as state security forces directly responsible to the prime minister, who is commander-in-chief, but Iraqi authorities have not made available any details indicating increased command responsibility and very limited accountability for past crimes.

In Tikrit city and al-Bu ‘Ajil as well as in the nearby towns of al-Dur and al-Alam, satellite imagery analysis corroborated residents’ accounts of large-scale destruction after the defeat of ISIS. ISIS had destroyed some buildings before they were pushed out and some buildings were destroyed or damaged during military clashes. After the recapture of the area Iraqi government forces and militias used technical teams to defuse or blow up what they said were hundreds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that ISIS placed on roads and in buildings to slow their advance. Some damage may therefore be attributed to setting off these IEDs. However the scale and nature of the destruction, with scores of entire houses collapsed, point to the use of more powerful explosives used in a systematic way.

HRW report Ruinous Aftermath
http://www.hrw.org/node/281164

Iraq Occupation Focus Newsletter No 286

UK to extend surveillance aircraft use in Iraq and Syria BBC reports (September 26th): The UK is to extend the use of surveillance aircraft in Iraq and Syria until next year, the defence secretary has announced.
Deadlock in battle for Iraq refinery casts doubts on Mosul campaign Reuters report (September 24th): The Iraqi army's failure to recapture the country's largest oil refinery from Islamic State after 15 months of fighting is calling into question the government's plans to retake the northern city of Mosul from the jihadists.
Iraq political disarray slows Ramadi campaign USA Today reports (September 21st): Political disarray in Iraq appears to be undermining a critical offensive to retake Ramadi, a key city in Iraq’s Sunni heartland that was seized by Islamic State militants nearly four months ago.
Militia Abuses Mar Fight Against ISIS HRW report (September 20th): Iraqi government-backed militias carried out widespread destruction of homes and shops around the city of Tikrit in March and April 2015 in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report.

To read the rest of the Newsletter click here 


Purveyors of Immorality and Crime? Iraq's Gypsies Blockaded by Police, Harassed by Authorities

Local police surrounded the mostly-gypsy village of Fawar in southern Iraq for several days, refusing to allow anyone in or out. The reason? So gypsies couldn’t taint the rest of local society with their immoral ways.

1.10.2015
“When I used to dance and sing I felt free,” says Karima Muhsen, a 42-year-old gypsy woman living in the area of Fawar, about 20 kilometres southeast of the city of Diwaniya, capital of the southern Qadisiyah province. “And I used to teach my daughters the art of dancing and singing. But now we are no longer allowed to dance and sing. I am getting old and I can no longer work – I can't even beg in Diwaniya's streets,” she complains.

Muhsen is one of Iraq's gypsies, or Romany people, known locally as Kawliya. It is hard to know how many gypsies are living in the country – estimates range between 6,000 and 20,000. But what is known is that after 2003, when Iraq became more religiously conservative thanks to the end of the regime of secular, nationalist dictator, Saddam Hussein, the gypsies were forbidden from earning their living from dancing and singing.

After 2003, gypsies became easy targets for religious militias who took over many gypsy villages and caused inhabitants to flee, often outside the country. The word “gypsy” was replaced in Iraqi identification papers by the word “exception”, basically taking away local gypsies' right to an ethnic identity of their own. After the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, the ethnicity, “Iraqi”, was applied only to those who were born to Iraqi parents. Because gypsies' parentage is often unclear, they began to be described as “exceptions” instead.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

النظام الإيراني يتساءل: لماذا يكرهوننا؟

Alquds 13/07/15
هيفاء زنكنة
ان ذريعة الدفاع عن الأماكن المقدسة هزيلة لأن ذات الأماكن كانت، عبر تاريخها، محمية من قبل أهلها، ولم يصبها سوء . واذا 
ما قامت دولة ما باحتلال دولة أو بلد آخر، تحت اية ذريعة كانت سياسية او دينية أو «أنسانية»، واعادت تأسيسها وفق حق عسكري أو إلهي موعود، بما تراه الأفضل لسكان ذلك البلد، ألا يضع منطق الحق هذا أمريكا واسرائيل وايران والسعودية، من بين دول أخرى، في سلة واحدة؟ هل الحق الإلهي الموعود حكرا على أيران؟ لكن الدولة الإسلامية برئاسة أبو بكر البغدادي تحارب تحت ذات الراية «الإسلامية»، راية بناء الدولة الموعودة وقتال «اعداء الإسلام»، في الشام والعراق وصولا الى بلدان الشرق الاوسط، أي ذات البلدان التي تتجسد فيها أحلام الحرس الثوري الإيراني وقوات الباسيج.
ان الصمت على الاحتلال الإيراني للعراق يساوي الصمت على الاحتلال الأمبريالي وجرائم الدولة الإسلامية، ولا يعني مناصبة الشعب الإيراني العداء أو التحالف مع الكيان الصهيوني ضد الشعب الفلسطيني. ان من يعاني من استبداد النظام في بلده ثم يختار الوقوف بجانب نظام استبدادي آخر أو الصمت على جرائمه بحق شعبه لأنه يرفع راية «انسانية» أو يتعرض للهجوم من قبل دولة أخرى لايمكن ان يكون ساذجا بل اعمى البصيرة . 

Arrests at Basra University-Iraq

AlQuds 13/7/15
5 lecturers ( 4 with PhD and a professor) and a female administrator at Basra university were arrested accused of criminal acts because they took part in  peaceful protests ( 18th March and 4th April 2015)  together with students re corruption at university. after being subjected to interrogation for 2 days in case of the administrator, they were released on bail waiting further action by university and police.

استنكار واسع لاعتقال أساتذة جامعة البصرة بسبب التظاهر ضد الفساد

JULY 13, 2015
البصرة ـ «القدس العربي»: ضمن حالة الفوضى السائدة في العراقأقدمت جامعة البصرة على رفع دعوى على أساتذة من الجامعة، وقيام مديرية إجرام البصرة بإصدار مذكرة اعتقال بحقهم لمشاركتهم بتظاهرة ضد الفساد في الجامعة.
وتحدث أساتذة من جامعة البصرة بعضهم بدرجة بروفيسور في لقاءات متلفزة وعلى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي» أنهم استغربوا قيام رئاسة الجامعة برفع دعوى ضد خمسة من أساتذة الجامعة وموظفة إدارية والطلب من مديرية محافحة الإجرام إلقاء القبض عليهم لمشاركتهم في تظاهرة مع طلاب الجامعة ضد الفساد في إدارة الجامعة والمطالبة بإقالة رئيسها ثامر الحمداني. 
وقال المدرس في كلية التربية للبنات في جامعة البصرة الدكتور جاسم محمد ،إن «موظفة إدارية وخمسة أساتذة في الجامعة أربعة منهم يحملون شهادة الدكتوراة وأحدهم بلقب بروفيسور من كليات مختلفة، وجهت اليهم مذكرات استقدام إلى مديرية مكافحة الإجرام على خلفية دعوى رفعها ضدهم رئيس الجامعة، تتعلق ببعض المنشورات على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي (فيسبوك)». وأضاف ان «مديرية الجرائم حققت حاليا مع اثنين من التدريسيين وتم الإفراج عنهما بكفالة، فيما أبدى استغرابه عن علاقة هذا النوع من الأجهزة الأمنية بقضية تتعلق بحرية التعبير عن الرأي».
وأشار إلى أن «رئيس الجامعة الأستاذ د. ثامر الحمداني يقود منذ فترة حملة لمعاقبة بعض التدريسيين، حيث أمر بتشكيل لجان تحقيقية بحق بعضهم، وأخيراً رفع شكوى قضائية ضد خمسة منهم، وذلك لمجرد انهم عبروا عن رأيهم سلمياً وطالبوا بإقالته من منصبه»، مضيفاً أن «الموظفة الإدارية المشمولة بمذكرات الاعتقال تم احتجازها لمدة يومين، ومن ثم تم إطلاق سراحها».
وتابع محمد «ابلغنا المحافظ بما حصل وفي حال لم تتخذ الإجراءات اللازمة فإننا سنتجه إلى القضاء للضرر الذي وقع علينا بعد التعبير بكل سلمية عن آرائنا تجاه رئيس الجامعة الذي نعتقد انه جزء من المشاكل الإدارية والتدريسية التي تمر بها جامعة البصرة».
من جانبه، قال أستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة البصرة ساجد الركابي في أحاديث صحافية، إن «مذكرة إلقاء القبض التي صدرت بحقي واجهتها بالذهاب إلى مركز مكافحة الجريمة المنظمة، وبعد ساعات من التحقيق والانتظار تقرر إطلاق سراحي بكفالة مالية مقدارها خمسة ملايين دينار»، معتبراً أن «معظم التحقيق تركز حول تظاهرة سلمية شاركت بها قبل فترة تضمنت المطالبة بإقالة رئيس الجامعة، كما تلقيت أسئلة حول منشورات ضمن صفحتي في موقع للتواصل الاجتماعي أطالب فيها بإجراء إصلاحات إدارية على مستوى رئاسة الجامعة».
وذكر الدكتور المريوش» المدرس في الجامعة في لقاء متلفز»أن الوضع في جامعة البصرة مزر للغاية وتصرفات قيادة الجامعة تعبر عن ديكتاتورية في التعامل مع الأساتذة والطلبة معا»، مستنكرا استعانة الجامعة بالشرطة لمواجهة قضية رأي يسمح بها الدستور. 
وكان عدد من اساتذة جامعة البصرة قد نظموا في 18 آذار/مارس و4 نيسان/أبريل 2015 تظاهرتين أمام مبنى رئاسة الجامعة، للمطالبة بإقالة رئيس الجامعة ثامر احمد حمداني من منصبه لتدهور أوضاع الجامعة العلمية والإنسانية والإدارية.
وقد عبرت نقابة المعلمين في البصرة عن استغرابها لإجراء جامعة البصرة ضد اساتذتها والاستعانة بمديرية مكافحة الإجرام للتعامل مع قضية رأي عبر عنها طلبة وأساتذة الجامعة بنشاط سلمي لا ضرر فيه. وأكد بيان النقابة أنها فاتحت مجلس محافظة البصرة ومحافظها للتدخل في هذه القضية وإنصاف الأساتذة الذين تعرضوا للضرر من هذا الإجراء ولتلافي الآثار السلبية على العملية التعليمية والتربوية في جامعة البصرة.
وأثار قرار إدارة جامعة البصرة برفع دعوى قضائية ضد الاساتذة» ردود أفعال رافضة واسعة من قبل الكادر التدريسي والطلبة ونقابة المعلمين» لكونه إجراء غير مسبوق وانتهاكا لحق أساسي ضمنه الدستور للمواطنين بالتظاهر السلمي للتعبير عن الرأي ورفض المظاهر السلبية في المجتمع»، حيث أكد الجميع على أن هذا الاجراء يعكس التخبط والفوضى والاستبداد التي تتميز بها بعض إدارات المؤسسات في العراق 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HRW Dispatches: Doomed to Repeat History on Iraq?

March 24, 2015
Peggy Hicks

Six years ago, the United Nations Human Rights Council lauded Sri Lanka’s commitment to the “promotion and protection of all human rights” at the close of its bloody conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group that had committed horrendous abuses. Just two years later a UN panel concluded that tens of thousands of civilians might have been killed during the last five months of the war, most by unlawful government shelling.
Despite that recent debacle, the Human Rights Council stands poised to repeat the mistake, this time in a resolution over another bloody conflict – in Iraq.
Drafted by Iraq itself and put forward by the group of Arab states at the Council, the resolution was circulated the same day the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that Iraqi security forces and affiliated militias “carried out extrajudicial killings, torture, abductions and forcibly displaced a large number of people, often with impunity,” noting that by doing so, they “may have committed war crimes.” Human Rights Watch’s own reporting on similar abuses was more detailed, and even more damning.
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The continuing deterioration of women's rights in Iraq

Haifa Zangana's presentation given in the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 January 2014.
The UN in Iraq has asked the government to facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor to reach displaced and stranded families in Anbar province. Currently, it is impossible to reach the area from Baghdad and relief agencies are using roads coming from northern Iraq.
Why am I talking about this and not about workshops for women’s empowerment and gender equality and political participation? Because In order to fully address women’s issues and come with helpful policy suggestions we need to address women not as separate from the rest of society, but as a part of it together with men.
.. and allow me to read the rest of the report :
“Other areas of Iraq including Baghdad, Erbil, Kerbala, Salah-al-Din and Ninewa have witnessed the arrival of thousands of displaced people. People are reportedly without money for food and lack suitable clothing for the rainy conditions. Children are not in school and sanitary conditions, particularly for women, are inadequate.”
The suffering of the displaced is far beyond the sheer loss of a house, it is the loss of neighborhood, community; schools and health service, the feeling of safety associated with familiarities and on the long run the submission to the newly manufactured identity . The lack of one of these or the combination of all leads to extreme levels of trauma, fear, depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder[2].
The regression in women’s situation is so devastating that she has reached the bottom of human needs. Just to survive.

HRW Report: After Liberation Came Destruction

Iraq: Militia Attacks Destroy Villages, Displace Thousands
Serious Abuses During Fight Against ISIS
March 18, 2015
(New York) – Militias, volunteer fighters, and Iraqi security forces engaged in deliberate destruction of civilian property after these forces, following US and Iraqi air strikes, forced the retreat of Islamic State fighters (also known as ISIS) from the town of Amerli and surrounding areas in early September 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Iraqi government should rein in the militias and countries participating in the fight against ISIS, including the United States and Iran, should ensure military operations and other related support in the fight against ISIS are not paving the way for such abuses.

The 31-page report,  “After Liberation Came Destruction: Iraqi Militias and the Aftermath of Amerli,” documents, through field visits, analysis of satellite imagery, interviews with victims and witnesses, and review of photo and video evidence, that militias looted property of Sunni civilians who had fled fighting, burned their homes and businesses, and destroyed at least two entire villages. The actions violated the laws of war. Human Rights Watch also documented the abduction of 11 men during the operation, in September and October.
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2015/03/18/after-liberation-came-destruction

Friday, July 25, 2014

مسيحيو الموصل: من جذور الحضارة لعصر داعش رأي القدس

قبل اسبوع، وجه غبطة الاب ساكو بطريرك اكبر الكنائس في العراق، نداء الى اصحاب الضمير الحي في العراق والعالم، والى المسلمين المعتدلين بشكل خاص، لاغاثة المسيحيين في مدينة الموصل من الاضطهاد والتهجيرعلى ايدي ما يعرف بتنظيم الدولة الاسلامية (داعش)، محذرا من انالعراق مقبل على «كارثة انسانية وتاريخية وحضارية». وباستثناء بعض بيانات التضامن من هنا وهناك، لم يحرك العالم ساكنا سواء لمنع حدوث هذه الجريمة او تقديم المساعدات الانسانية لآلاف العائلات التي وجدت نفسها في العراء بعد ان اجبروا على الخروج من مدينتهم بملابسهم دون اي امتعة، فيما اصبحت منازلهم تعود ملكيتها الى داعش.
لم ينفع تذكير الاب ساكو للمسلمين بأن المسيحيين «تقاسموا في شرقنا بالذات ومنذ ظهور الإسلام الحلو والمر، واختلطت دماؤهم في الدفاع عن حقوقهم وارضهم، وبنوا سوية حضارة ومدنا وتراثا».
ولم ينصتوا لتحذيره من ان ممارسات داعش انما «تسيء الى المسلمين والى سمعة الدين الإسلامي في التعايش مع ديانات مختلفة وشعوب مختلفة شرقا وغربا واحترم عقائدها وتآخى معها». ولم يهزهم بكاؤه الاخير قائلا «حرام أن يعامل المسيحيون بالرفض والطرد والملاشاة».
وهكذا خلت الموصل من المسيحيين للمرة الاولى منذ الف وخمسمائة عام، بعد ان قام داعش بطرد نحو ثلاثين الف مواطن عراقي مسيحي من بيوتهم، ومن مدينتهم، ومن ذكرياتهم، وتاريخهم، الذي هو جزء اصيل من تاريخ الحضارة وجذورها.
وبعد ان كان في العراق نحو مليون واربعمئة الف مسيحي في العام 2003، لم يبق حاليا سوى نحو نصف مليون، في احدى اكبر عمليات التطهير الطائفي في العصر الحديث.
انه يوم حزين في تاريخ الحضارة الانسانية، لكنه كارثي في تاريخ الاسلام الذي ترتكب باسمه هذه الجريمة مكتملة الاركان. ويكفي ان يتابع المراقب كيف يتلقف البعض في الغرب «فتوحات» داعش وغزواته وممارساته المقززة لينشرها عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لتشويه صورة الاسلام، ليدرك الثمن الباهظ الذي يدفعه المسلمون على كافة الاصعدة.
ولم نسمع صوتا لمعسكر الاسلام المعتدل يدين سبي النساء ومصادرة العقارات والاموال من المدنيين الآمنين لحساب «الدولة الاسلامية» في الموصل، او ينفي الفتاوى الصادمة التي تبدو مصممة بعناية لخدمة الاعداء، وبينها فتوى لقيت انتشارا واسعا مؤخرا، وترجمها معهد ميمري الصهيوني (معهد الشرق الأوسط لأبحاث الإعلام)، ويزعم فيها شيخ داعشي «ان الاسلام لايفرق بين قتل الرجال والنساء والاطفال في الحرب»، واستشهد بحديث مزعوم نسبه للرسول الكريم ردا على سؤال من شخص يدعى بن جثامة.
ان ما فعله اولئك الارهابيون في الموصل، ليس تهديدا للمسيحيين او للعراق فحسب، بل انه انذار خطير بتصفية كافة الاقليات العرقية والدينية في المنطقة. ولا يعني هذا ان الاكثرية السنية ستنجو من الخطر الارهابي، بل ان اهل السنة سيجري تقسيمهم ايضا حسب مذاهبهم او معتقداتهم او ممارساتهم، لينضموا الى ضحايا «ماكينة التكفير في عصر داعش».
وهكذا فان اي طرح عربي يحاول التقليل من خطورة هذا الانتشار السرطاني لجماعات الارهاب في المنطقة بغض النظر عن تنوع اسمائها، بهدف خدمة اجندات سياسية، انما يساهم في ما ترتكبه من جرائم بحق الانسانية، ويمنحها غطاء اخلاقيا لمجرمين تجردوا من الحد الادنى من الانسانية.
لقد كشفت مأساة مسيحيي الموصل حقيقة الغرب المنافق الذي يقيم الدنيا ولا يقعدها، اذا حدثت انتهاكات لحرية الاعتقاد في بعض البلاد العربية، ثم يتغاضى عن هذا النزع الهمجي لجذور الحضارة من ارضها في العراق، حتى بعد ان اضطرت قيادات مسيحية عراقية الى طلب صريح بتدخل دولي ضد داعش، وكأن الغرب سيكون بمنأى عن الخطر.
واخيرا فان مسيحيي الموصل اصبحوا عنوانا لميلاد «عصر داعش» المظلم، بعد ان كانوا اسهموا في انارة تاريخ الحضارة الانسانية منذ نشأتها، وعار على كل انسان يزعم الانتماء اليها او الى اي دين سماوي.
رأي القدس

الى كل الشرفاء في العراق والعالم

افتحوا الموقع لكي تسمعون بأنفسكم ؟؟وان احببتم العراق واهلكم فارسلوا الرسالة الى من تعرفونهم ؟؟؟

الاخوة جميعا
الى كل الشرفاء في العراق والعالم ..الى جميع المؤمنين الحقيقيين بالأديان السماوية الى جميع الضمائر الحية وحتى الضمائر الميتة ؟؟؟؟الى من يدعون الايمان ..الى حتى الكفرة منهم ....عليكم ان تستمعون لهذه العائلة الموصلية المسيحية التي هجرها من يدعون الاسلام ومن يؤمنون بالسيرة النبوية كذبا وبهتانا ؟؟؟فهؤلاء القتلة المجرمون لا دين لهم وان دين محمد براء منهم ؟؟؟فمحمدا جاء بدين رحمة ودين عدالة ودين تسامح ؟؟دين محمدا اعطى للنصارى وعدا وعهدا في السلام والمحبة ؟؟؟عندما دخل الاسلام الى الموصل قبل اكثر من 1400 سنة استقبلهم المسيحيون وقاتلو ا معهم جميع الغزاة اللذين أرادوا بالعراق شرا ..لقد سطر وروى المسيحيين بدمائهم ارض الرافدين منذ الالف السنين وجاء اليوم طغاة العصر ومجرمي الكون الكفرة ومن يدعمهم ومن يؤيدهم ومن يناصرهم .. لكي ينتقصوا من العهد العمري للنصارى ولكي يهينوا انفسهم وما يؤمنون به في فعلتهم هذه ؟؟لانهم اهانوا معتقداتهم قبل اهانة معتقدات الاخرين ..لانهم يريدون إعادة العراق الى العصور الحجرية وطمس الحضارة وقتل الايمان ... استغلوا بيوت الله الجوامع لكي يكبروا فيها ويهددوا اهل العراق الاصلاء ويهجرونهم ويسرقونهم حتى من الادوية التي تعالج المرضى ؟؟أهكذا هي العهدة العمرية ؟؟؟أهكذا هي العهود ؟؟؟اليوم العالم كله نعم العالم المسلم جميعه مطالب بان يقف ويعلن موقفه من هؤلاء القتلة ومن يقف معهم ..فبعد فقدان الشرف والغيرة والقيم الانسانية ..وبعد فقدان الارض والبيت والمال ..وبعد فقدان الانسان لكي ما يملك حتى الوطن لم يعد شيئا اهم منه ..فهذا يتطلب ان نعمل جميعا بدون تردد او استكانة ..بدون أي عقبات ونتعامل مع أي جهة واي قوة لكي نتخلص من هؤلاء القتلة ومن يؤيدهم ..ولم يعد هنالك عذرا لاحد ومن لن يعلن موقفه الصريح من هذه الجريمة سيكون مع القتلة والمجرمين ؟؟؟؟اسمعوا الى هذه المراءة العراقية التي غدر بها الغادرون المتشدقون بالدين والدين منهم براء ؟؟اسمعوها وارجوكم اكتبوا تعليقاتكم واعيدوها لنا لكي نقدم تعليقاتكم الى الامم المتحدة والى المنظمات العالمية والدولية لنعمل جميعا على تخليص عراقنا من هؤلاء القتلة ونعيد الحقوق الى اهلنا لاننا اليوم مطالبون بوقفة وليس بتنديد او شجب او استنكار وكما قلنا سابقا ان الغيرة العراقية والوطنية تتطلب منا الوقوف مع ابناء العراق الاصلاء وانا واثق ان اخوتنا المسلمين الشرفاء لن يرتضوا هذا الذي يحدث لأخوتهم وابناء جلدتهم
لكم مني الاحترام
اخوكم د .غازي ابراهيم رحو

مسيحيو الموصل الى اين؟


الى أصحاب الضمير الحي في العراق وفي العالم
الى صوت المعتدلين من اخوتنا المسلمين في العراق وفي العالم
الى كل من يهمه امر استمرار العراق كوطن لجميع ابنائه
الى كل قادة الفكر والراي والناطقين بحرية الأنسان
الى كل المدافعين عن كرامة الانسان والأديان
سلام ورحمة من الله
ان استيلاء الجهاديين الاسلاميين على الموصل واعلانهم دولة اسلامية، وبعد أيام من الأستكان والترقب، انعكس الأمر سلبا على مسيحيي المدينة والمنطقة المجاورة. وكانت أولى بوادر هذا الأنعكاس خطف راهبتين وثلاثة ايتام اطلق سراحهم بعد 17 يوما، استبشرنا خيرا بهذا التطور واعتبرناه بارقة امل وانفراجا. واذا بنا نتفاجأ باخر المستجدات وهي توزيع الدولة الاسلامية بيانا تدعو فيه المسيحيين صراحة الى اعتناق الاسلام، واما دفع الجزية من دون تحديد سقفها، او الخروج من مدينتهم ومنازلهم بملابسهم دون اية امتعة, وافتت ان منازلهم تعود ملكيتها منذ الان فصاعدا الى الدولة الاسلامية. وكانوا في وقت سابق قد كتبوا على بيوت المسيحيين حرف (ن ) اي نصارى!!!كما كانوا قد كتبوا على بيوت الشيعة حرف (ر) أي روافض. ومن يدري ماذا بعد في الأيام القادمة حيث أن نظام الدولة الاسلامية مبني على ما يدعون أنه الشريعة، ومن ضمنها اعادة تعريف الهويات على اساس ديني ومذهبي.
هذه الاشتراطات تسيء الى المسلمين والى سمعة الدين الأسلامي الذي يقول بأن "لكم دينكم ولي ديني"، و"لا إكراه في الدين"، وانها نقض لاف وأربعمئة سنة من تاريخ وحياة العالم الإسلامي وتعايش مع ديانات مختلفة وشعوب مختلفة شرقا وغربا واحترم عقائدها وتآخى معها، وكم تقاسم المسيحيون في شرقنا بالذات ومنذ ظهور الأسلام الحلو والمر واختلطت دماؤهم في الدفاع عن حقوقهم وارضهم، وبنوا سوية حضارة ومدنا وتراثا. وحرام أن يعامل المسيحيون بالرفض والطرد والملاشاة. ولا يخفى ما لذلك كله من نتائج وخيمة على التعايش بين الأكثر والأقليات، لا بل بين المسلمين انفسهم، على المدى القريب والبعيد. والا فالعراق مقدم على كارثة انسانية وحضارية وتاريخية.
لذا نطلق نداءنا اليهم، حارا أخويا ملحا وخطيرا، ونناشد أخواننا العراقيين الذين معهم ان يعيدوا النظر في استراتيجتهم، ويحترموا الناس الابرياء العزل، من كافة القوميات والديانات والمذاهب. فالقران الكريم يوصي باحترام الابرياء ولا يدعو الى الأستيلاء على ممتلكاتالناس عنوة، ويجير الأرملة واليتيم والمعدم والأعزل، ويوصي حتى الى سابع جار. كما نهيب بالمسيحيين في المنطقة اعتماد العقلانية والفطنة، وان يحسبوا حساباتهم بشكل جيد ويفهموا ما يخطط للمنطقة ويتكاتفوا بالمحبة ويتدارسوا معا وسوية وبتضامن سبل بناء الثقة بأنفسهم وبجيرانهم والألتفاف حول كنيستهم ويصبروا ويتحملوا ويصلوا الى ان تعبر العاصفة.
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Louis Rafael Sacko the Christian Chaldean Bishop of Babylon
17. 7. 2014 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis

Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:22 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout |    
The conference represents the most powerful and most current organized attempt in the world to bring justice to those responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq, and included powerful international lawyers like International Court of Justice lawyer Curtis Doebbler and Louie Roberto Zamora Bolanos, a lawyer from Costa Rica who successfully sued the government of his country for supporting the war in Iraq.
Their goal for the conference was to begin taking concrete steps toward international lawsuits that will bring former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush, along with those responsible in their administrations, to justice for the myriad war crimes committed in Iraq.
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Iraqi elections, but where are the women?

Exclusive 17 April, by Sawsan Al-Assaf
Iraqi women have been well known for their pioneering role in Iraqi society since the 1930s. They became members of political parties (especially the Iraqi Communist Party), actresses, singers, newscasters and lawyers. Their position was boosted when the first Iraqi (and Arab) woman was appointed minister in 1959, a year after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy. In 1967 a new constitution gave women equal voting rights. Between 1980 and 2003, under the Baathist regime, there were five parliamentary elections for the National Assembly, in which the percentage of women in the Assembly varied between 6.5% and 13%. However since they were all Baathists, they followed the instructions of their party.
Following the American occupation of Iraq in 2003, the US civilian governor Paul Bremer introduced a law fixing women’s participation in parliament at 25%. In the country’s first governing council in 2003, appointed by Bremer, three women were chosen, out of 25; but their selection was made on sectarian and ethnic background, not merit. Iraq’s permanent constitution, approved in 2005, fixed the percentage of women MPs at 25% (paragraph 5, article 49). Thus in the first election of 2005, 73 women gained seats out of 275 (26.5%).
In the 2010 elections there were 82 women MPs out of 325. Yet only four women candidates got enough votes (30,000) to actually win their seats: the rest were appointed as part of the 25% quota (some appointees only won around 100 votes). This quota did not apply to the cabinet where numbers varied according to the wishes of the prime minister: one woman out of 25 male ministers (2003), six out of 31 (2004), six out of 36 (2005), four out of 37 (2006); that dropped to only two out of 42 in the present (2010) cabinet.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Amnesty International Update March 2014

Amnesty International Iraq update March 2014
Continuous killing of Journalists
Following the killing of journalists Nawras al-Nuaimi and Kawa Muhammad Ahmad Garmyani in December 2013, the targeting of journalists has continued in Iraq with many living in abject fear.
On 25 March 2014, Amnesty International issued a public statement calling on the Iraqi authorities to be more proactive in the effort to protect journalists. The organisation strongly condemns the killing of Mohammad Bdaiwi al-Shammari (pictured above), a university professor, journalist and the Baghdad Bureau chief for Radio Free Iraq.

Professor al-Shammari was shot dead on 22 March 2014 by a member of the Kurdish Presidential Guards in Baghdad after apparently being denied access to the presidential complex. The decision to refuse entry apparently led to an argument which culminated in the tragic killing. The guard apparently fled the scene but was later arrested. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki reacted to the killing by saying: “It will be my responsibility to avenge this killing, and blood can only be atoned by blood.”

Amnesty International has expressed concerns at Prime Minister al-Maliki’s statement, insisting that such a statement illustrates utter disregard to the rule of law. Amnesty International thus implore the Iraqi authorities to ensure that the killer of professor al-Shammari receives a fair trial according to international standards and without recourse to the death penalty.
Ostensibly the Prime Minister’s statement angered politicians in both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and heightened ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds. It was reported by the Iraqi Journalist Union that the following day Raji Hamad Allah, editor at the Iraqi Media Network in Babil was the subject of an the attempted murder. An armed group shot at him while he was driving to his office.

Iraq draft Personal Status Law
On 25 February 2014 Iraq’s Council Ministers agreed on a draft Personal Status Law which will be passed to parliament for adoption before being implemented as law. Amnesty International has expressed concerns that if it is adopted as law, would further erode the rights of women and girls and legalise sexual abuse against them. If adopted the law will only apply to Shi’a Iraqis and residents
Amnesty International urges Iraq's MPs not to adopt the proposed draft law, and highlights the fact that it violates Iraq's obligations under the UN Convention to Eliminate all forms of


Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which were ratified by Iraq in 1986 and 1994, respectively.

URGENT ACTIONS
There were no Iraq Urgent Actions for the month of March.

Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International has been working to protect and promote human rights in Iraq and has worked endlessly to secure the release individuals unjustly held in detention. Our Individuals At Risk (IAR) portfolio, which contains numerous cases of individuals whose lives are threatened, continues to increase as the turmoil escalate in Iraq. The following individuals continue to be at risk in Iraq and Amnesty International is exerting maximum effort to ensure they are treated fairly and in accordance with the standards of international law.

Nabhan ‘Adel Hamdi, Mu’ad Muhammad ‘Abed, ‘Amer Ahmad Kassar and Shakir Mahmoud ‘Anad

The men were sentenced to death on 3 December 2012. They were convicted of offences under Iraq’s 2005 Anti-Terrorism Law. The four men were detained between the end of March and early April 2012 and reportedly tortured while held incommunicado for several weeks at the Directorate of Counter-Crime in Ramadi, al-Anbar Province, western Iraq. Their ‘confessions’ were then broadcast on local television.


Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad

Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad, a Palestinian born in Iraq, was arrested on 21 July 2006 at the height of sectarian violence in the Zayouna district of Baghdad, and held incommunicado for more than a year. He said he was tortured and coerced into confessing to membership of an armed group and planning to plant explosives.


Ibrahim Karim Mohammed al-Qaragholi


Ibrahim Karim Mohammed al-Qaragholi was sentenced to death for murder and kidnapping in October 2008 and is being held at al-Kadhimiya Prison in Baghdad with other prisoners on death row.


Ramze Shihab Ahmed

68-year old Ramze Shihab Ahmed, who has dual Iraqi and British nationality, was arrested in Iraq in December 2009 and taken to a secret prison at an old airport in Baghdad, where he was repeatedly tortured and forced to confess to links with al-Q'aida. Now held in a different


prison, he has still not been charged with a crime, and there has been no investigation into his allegations of torture.

Walid Yunis Ahmad

Walid Yunis Ahmad was arrested on 6 February 2000 in Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He was subjected to an enforced disappearance for three years, before his family learned that he was alive. During this time he was tortured and went on hunger strike in protest against his detention. He is currently held in solitary confinement without charge or trial, at the Asayish building in Erbil. He is however said to be of good health and has been visited by his family.

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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr