Baghdad, Iraq, 17 December 2018 - Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert assumed her responsibilities today as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), pledging continued UN support for Iraq in its post-conflict recovery. “I am delighted to be here in Baghdad and ready to get down to work. We will continue our efforts in support of Iraq as the country recovers from the fight against terrorism and looks towards a brighter future,” the Special Representative said.
Baghdad, Iraq, 12 December 2018 – A delegation from the United Nations in Iraq and the European Union Mission to Iraq yesterday toured a number of EU-funded and UN implemented projects in Mosul, seeing first-hand the clearance, stabilization, rehabilitation and development work undertaken in the northern Iraqi city more than a year after its liberation from Da’esh.
Baghdad, Iraq, 9 December 2018 – The Government of Iraq and the United Nations in Iraq launched today a national strategy to combat violence against women, a significant step towards achieving women’s rights. This strategy provides an overall framework on which policy and decision makers will draw to take concrete actions aimed at preventing violence against women and girls and protecting survivors of violence. Endorsement by all stakeholders of this updated national strategy formalises the commitment of the Government of Iraq and the United Nations to take concrete action.
The Human Rights Office (HRO) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) held a one-day roundtable with lawyers and civil society activists from Ninewa on 5 December 2018 to discuss the criminal justice system in Ninewa since the fall of ISIL/Da'esh. Participants shared their experiences on the administration of justice, the treatment of victims of sexual violence and marginalized groups. The roundtable is the first of many forums that will take place in the coming months on justice-related issues in the Governorate.
Baghdad, 02 December 2018 – A total of 41 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 73 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilians at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel.
Your Excellency, Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government,
Your Excellency, Qubat Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister Your Honor, Judge Bangin Qasim, Head of the Judicial Council,
Your Excellency Mr. Karim Sinjari, Minister for Interior, Excellencies Ministers,
Your Excellency, Ms. Pakhshan Zangana, Secretary-General, the High Council for Women’s Affairs,
Honorable Members of Parliament and Heads of Blocs, Governors, members of the Judiciary,
Distinguished religious authorities and representatives,
Baghdad, 19 November 2018 – The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the bombing that targeted civilians in the city of Tikrit in Salaheddin Governorate north of Baghdad on Sunday. Mr. Kubiš expresses his deepest sympathies with the families of those who lost their lives and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Distinguished members of the Security Council,
Following the certification of the election results on 19 August, the government formation process moved forward with the election of Mohammad al-Halbousi as Speaker of the Council of Representatives on 15 September, and Barham Salih as President of Iraq on 2 October, who then nominated Mr. Adel Abdul Mahdi, as Prime Minister-designate.
The United Nations Security Council will hold a session on the situation concerning Iraq on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, at 10:00 a.m. New York time (6:00 p.m. Baghdad time). Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, is expected to brief the session shortly after it commences.
Special Representative Ján Kubiš will brief on developments in Iraq and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The latest report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council can be found on: http://bit.ly/2fzjify
ISIL’s legacy of terror: at least 200 mass graves in Iraq, says UN report
BAGHDAD/GENEVA (6 November 2018) – More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been discovered in areas formerly controlled by ISIL in Iraq, according to a UN report released Tuesday. The report highlights the legacy of ISIL’s relentless campaign of terror and violence and victims’ calls for truth and justice.
Baghdad, Iraq, 4 November 2018 - The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the cowardly bombings which targeted several residential areas of Baghdad and in Sadr City today, killing or injuring a number of civilians. The Special Representative extends his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Mr. Kubiš urges the authorities to be extra vigilant to uncover the culprits and thwart further attacks.
Baghdad, 01 November 2018 – A total of 69 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 105 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel.
Baghdad, 25 October 2018 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has welcomed the formal confirmation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, and expressed appreciation of the efforts of outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi throughout the last parliamentary term. He also welcomed the Council of Representatives’ endorsement of the government programme and the partial formation of the new Council of Ministers, although he has voiced deep concern at the lack of any female representation among ministers announced thus far.
Baghdad, Iraq, 21 October 2018 – Following extensive discussions with Iraqi government and political party leaders, the Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, notes their intention to facilitate the formation of the next government within the constitutional timeline so it can promptly embark on responding to the needs and requirements of the people for services and their dignified life. Mr. Kubiš urges all the political parties to support Prime Minister-Designate Mr.
New York, 10 October 2018 - Commending the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad as a symbol of the resilience of the victims of ISIL/Da’esh crimes, the Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for Da’esh / ISIL crimes (UNITAD), Mr. Karim Khan, said her bravery and selfless sacrifice will serve as further impetus for his Team’s work in supporting the Government of Iraq to hold those responsible to account.
Baghdad, Iraq, 9 October 2018 - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Marta Ruedas, is deeply saddened by the death of a deminer working for the international NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG) while undertaking humanitarian clearance operations in the area north of Tel Afar in northwestern Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq, 07 October 2018 - The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the terrorist bombings that targeted a number of neighborhoods in Baghdad and Salaheddin and Fallujah over the past two days. Mr. Kubiš extends his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
The Special Representative urges the authorities to be extra vigilant in their drive to uncover and destroy the terrorists' sleeper cells.
Bartella, 3 October 2018 - Supporting minority rights and political representation is one of the pillars of the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).