BAGHDAD - 17 January 2019 - On 14 and 15 January, the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO) published on its website statements accusing, but not directly naming, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Iraq, and G4S, its implementing partner, with “crimes no less grievous and insolent than the crimes of Daesh” in conducting explosive hazard clearance without church authorization “in a barbaric and arbitrary manner with utter disregard for the holy and religious sanctity” of two historic churches in the Hosh al-Khan area of the Al Maedan district, Mosul.
Having treated more than a thousand Yazidi women who escaped captivity, gynaecologist dedicates herself to helping them rebuild their shattered lives.
By Charlie Dunmore and Dalal Mawad in Duhok, Kurdistan region of northern Iraq | 16 January 2019
ACT Alliance helps Iraqis restart their lives
Mosul, Iraq – Most days in Mosul, Younis Ghanim wears a yellow vest and rubber boots, grabs a shovel and sets off to pick up garbage. It’s a small task in the massive reconstruction effort of this northern Iraqi city that for three years formed the capital of the Islamic State caliphate and was liberated by Iraqi soldiers in 2017. But it’s the kind of job that will determine the livability and the future of the city.
SOS Children’s Villages extends its support to reach more conflict-affected families in the Kurdistan Region
Bashir Said, Project Manager of SOS Children’s Villages Iraq, talks about the organisation’s work in Northern Iraq and the ongoing needs of children whose families were displaced by conflict.
Erbil – As winter temperatures set in, accompanied by winds and rain, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq has completed the three-month distribution of 25,000 winter non-food item kits. Consisting of heaters, blankets and jerry cans, the kits meet the most urgent needs of 150,000 vulnerable individuals across the country.
IOM’s winterization assistance reached 13,000 displaced households in camps, thousands of displaced families in informal settlements, and thousands of others who have returned to their home communities.
2.0m internally displaced people (IDP)
6.7m People in need
In spite of the return of the displaced families in Mosul to their home areas after the teams of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) have covered their needs, the IRCS is continuing to provide humanitarian assistance for the families who are living in the right side of Mosul city as a result of the challenges and the difficult conditions that they experience, as their home areas lack the basic services and the livelihood that the families need it which negatively affected their living conditions.
• The ETC will be phasing out of Iraq completely by 31 March 2019 and is therefore planning to transition all its services.
• The ETC conducted two missions to Domiz and Arbat camps to demobilize the Ericsson Response equipment.
• The ETC will stop providing Internet connectivity in all the hubs by 31 December 2018 as part of the ETC phase out and closure.
As cash transfer programmes increasingly become a standard component of humanitarian responses, aid agencies and donors seek a more comprehensive understanding of delivery mechanisms that are effective, efficient and offer good value for money, while meeting the preferences of affected people. This research project looks at how recipients of humanitarian cash transfers – including forcibly displaced people – experience cash assistance in different forms and combinations, particularly where these make use of digital delivery mechanisms.
Harikar NGO is a neutral, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization established in 30thMay 2004 by group of social activists. Harikar NGO as stated in its mission statement strives toward the fulfilmentof human and women rights in Duhok Governorate as stipulated in the new Iraqi constitution of 15thOctober 2005. Harikar is committed to-within its resources-contribute towards the achievement of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.
Despite their traumatic history, Iraqis are finding individual and civic solutions to their country’s political failures. Crisis Group photographer Julie David de Lossy visited Baghdad in October-November 2018 and returned with portraits of its people’s search for normalcy.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has distributed relief and food assistance to more than 30 displaced families from Anbar governorate who are living in Baghdad.
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Iraq have launched an initiative to digitise the national public distribution system (PDS). The first phase of digitisation will reach nearly 1.3 million people in and around Baghdad and Dohuk.
The PDS is Iraq’s biggest social safety net, providing food entitlements to almost the entire population in Iraq reaching 39 million people.
Since late 2013, the intensification of conflict in North and Central Iraq has resulted in multiple waves of mass displacement across the country.
As of December 2017, 2,780,406 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were identified in Iraq. Of these, 580,193 individuals were registered across 80 formal camps, with a majority of IDPs living in Ninewa and Dahuk governorates.
The period of 2017-2018 has seen increased numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their area of origin (AoO) across Iraq. However, as of October 2018, there remains 1.9 million Iraqi IDPs. This includes approximately 465,000 individuals and 93,000 households that reside in 128 formal IDP camps across the country, 54 of which are comprised of 100 or more households.
Baghdad, 8 January 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) for the generous contribution of US$ 2.5 million to increase the health security and resilience of Syrian refugees living in Iraq.
Beatings, Electric Shock to Coerce ISIS Confessions
(Beirut) – The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today.
Children told Human Rights Watch that in 2017 and 2018, security officers, known as Asayish, used beatings, stress positions, and electric shock on boys in their custody. Most said they had no access to a lawyer and they were not allowed to read the confessions Asayish wrote and forced them to sign.
In 2009, Iraq adopted Law 20, “Compensating the Victims of Military Operations, Military Mistakes and Terrorist Actions” (the compensation law), to compensate for deaths, injuries, and damage affecting work, study, or property. The compensation law, amended in 2015, applies retroactively from March 20, 2003 through the present day and covers harm caused by the Islamic State or Daesh (also referred to as ISIS) or during military operations against ISIS.
Harikar NGO is a neutral, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization established in 30th May 2004 by group of social activists. Harikar NGO as stated in its mission statement strives toward the fulfillment of human and women rights in Duhok Governorate as stipulated in the new Iraqi constitution of 15thOctober 2005. Harikar is committed to-within its resources-contribute towards the achievement of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.