Najaf, 13 December 2017 - Iraq’s victory over the Daesh terrorists provides an opportunity for the country to shed its painful past and confidently embark on the road to peace and development, the United Nations emphasised at a conference on national reconciliation in Najaf today, urging Iraqis of all affiliations to seize the momentum and build on it to ensure a prosperous future for the younger generation.
Baghdad, 12 December 2017 - A team from the Human Rights office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a mission to Tuz Khurmatu in Salah al-Din Governorate on 7 December 2017 to investigate reports of punitive destruction of property of residents who have been displaced by the clashes in the area in October and reports of intimidation to prevent the safe return of the displaced to their homes.
Baghdad, 12 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, met today with the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission.
The Commissioners provided updates on the status of electoral preparations, including plans for the enfranchisement of displaced voters and the adoption of several technologies for the next elections. The Commission also identified technical and other areas where they most require international support.
Baghdad, 10 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated the Iraqi people and the government on the complete liberation of all of Iraq’s territory from the yoke of the Daesh terrorists, the so-called Caliphate. With this victory attained, Iraqis are called upon to work towards building a better future and common destiny for all in their united country with the same patriotism and determination that marked their national war against terrorism.
Baghdad, 10 December 2017 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Directorate of Mine Action (DMA), and the Embassy of Canada to Iraq, celebrated the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention twenty years ago, through a special photo exhibit of photographs from Mosul and beyond showcasing the clearance work undertaken by mine action operators.
Dohuk, 7 December 2017 - Enhancing human rights education for students in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq was the focus of a three-day training course for 24 secondary school teachers in Dohuk.
The training course, held 3-5 December, was the fourth in a series of training courses on human rights education organized by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO). The project is in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Financial support was provided by the Government of Flanders.
Baghdad, 6 December 2017 –The United Nations pressed at a meeting in the context of the 16 Days of Activism for expanding the space for women in State institutions, political parties, economic and social life and for enhanced and effective protection of their rights.
Baghdad, 03 December 2017 – A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The number of civilians killed in November (not including police) was 114, while the number of injured (not including police) was 264.
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) launched a Study Tour for NGOs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The study tour focuses on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, including how NGOs can obtain consultative status. Representatives of 17 NGOs and related institutions in Iraq and the KR-I (12 men and 5 women) are benefiting from the study tour.
Najaf, Iraq, 29 November 2017 - The Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, was received today by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in Najaf.
“I am extremely honoured that I was once again received by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. It is a great honour for us - the United Nations - and for me personally. We had an in-depth discussion about what is on the agenda of the country, of Iraq, and I was listening to the points His Eminence was making as a guidance for future activities and future steps.”
Baghdad, 28 November 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the "cowardly" terrorist gun attack and suicide bombing which left dozens of civilian casualties in the southeastern Nahrawan district of Baghdad on the night of Monday 27 November 2017.
Mr. Kubiš expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of Iraq. He wishes a speedy recovery for those injured.
Distinguished members of the Security Council,
I have the honour to introduce the first report of the Secretary-General pursuant to resolution 2367 (2017) on developments in Iraq, as well as the sixteenth report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 4 of resolution 2017 (2013) on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and thirdcountry nationals and property.
Baghdad, 22 November 2017 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the deadly car bomb attack in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, Salah El Din Province, on Tuesday, 21 November, in which scores of civilians were killed or wounded.
Dohuk, Iraq, 19 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office launched a training course in Dohuk for journalists, media workers and civil society activists in the field of freedom of opinion and expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
This training course, which took place on 12 – 13 November, was entitled Freedom of Opinion and Expression and its Role in Promoting Reconciliation, Harmony and the Protection of Human Rights for Journalists & Media Workers in Kurdistan Region – Iraq.
Erbil, 19 November 2017- the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq organized a four-day training course in Erbil for 23 teacher, including 9 females, during 13 – 16 November on human rights education. This was the second in a series of courses organized by HRO and supported by the Flemish Government and the Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).
Baghdad, 17 November 2017 – Tribal sheikhs, religious leaders, academics, political party representatives and civil society representatives from Diyala and Anbar Provinces met on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November in two separate meetings in Baghdad as part of a series of roundtable discussions under the theme ”National Settlement: Prospects and Challenges” aiming at creating an enabling environment for Iraqi national reconciliation.
Baghdad, 15 November 2017 - On Wednesday 15 November, 2017 in Erbil SRSG Ján Kubiš delivered a letter of the Secretary-General A. Guterres dated 10 November 2017 to H.E Prime Minister N. Barzani who was accompanied by H.E Deputy Prime Minister Q. Talabani. The same day he delivered a copy of this letter to H.E Prime Minister H. Abadi, for information. In the letter that the Secretary-General sent in response to a communication from Prime Minister Barzani of 7 November 2017, the Secretary-General among others stated:
Baghdad, 09 November 2017 – In response to the public reaction to the draft law amending the Personal Status Law Number 188 of 1959, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) believes that inclusive and wide consultations over these amendments are necessary to ensure women’s rights are fully respected and protected.
Attaining equality between women and men and eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and girls are fundamental human rights and United Nations values.
Baghdad, 07 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) takes note of the statement released by the Federal Court Spokesperson announcing that the High Federal Court in its session on 06 November 2017 issued a ruling clarifying Article 1 of the Constitution and noting that the court concluded that this article and other pertinent Constitutional articles have underlined the unity of Iraq.