Category Archives: Iraq

Stoking the fire of Iraq’s sectarian conflict

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser, in northern Iraq @DRovera  Unlike in nearby villages recently captured by the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), not a single … Continue reading

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Europe failed to act on the warning signs of a tragedy in the Mediterranean

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights at Amnesty International Before the two shipwrecks that came to light yesterday,1,800 people were believed to have died or gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this … Continue reading

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Revenge attacks and killings sprees in Samarra, Iraq

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser in Iraq. These days there are no visitors heading to the ancient Iraqi city of Samarra, 120km north of Baghdad, to admire its archaeological treasures. The city, once the capital of … Continue reading

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“Don’t they know that winter is coming?” Frustration and fear among Iraq’s displaced

By James Lynch and Francesca Pizzutelli, Refugee and Migrants’ Rights researchers, in northern Iraq. Everywhere in northern Iraq thousands of people driven from their homes by the conflict are now struggling to survive in grim conditions. As winter approaches it can only … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in Kirkuk – summary killings amid growing sectarian tension in oil-rich city

By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser A 19-year-old labourer, a 27-year-old bus driver, a 28-year-old nurse, a 30-year-old driver, a tribal leader, a former army officer, a lawyer; the list of the dead goes on. These and … Continue reading

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