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).
Baghdad, Iraq, 5 October 2018 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulates Nadia Murad for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a recognition she receives on behalf of all Yazidi and other Iraqis who were victims of and gravely suffered from the genocidal barbarism of the terrorist Da’esh ideology.
Baghdad, Iraq, 3 October 2018 – Gender inequality continues to prevail in Iraq with worrisome signals that it is deepening, requiring intensified efforts and coordination in developing a new action plan on implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325, UN Representative to Iraq Ján Kubiš said today at the high-level consultation meeting on the development of the 2nd National Action Plan.
Baghdad, Iraq, 3 October 2018 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the designation of Mr. Adel Abdel-Mahdi to form Iraq’s next government. Just as the United Nations supported Iraq during the difficult fight against the terrorist Da’esh, the UN reiterates its support for the Iraqi people as they build a new future of peace, stability and prosperity.
Baghdad, Iraq, 2 October 2018 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulates Mr. Barham Salih on his election by the Council of Representatives as President of the Republic of Iraq.
Kalar, Iraq, 01 October 2018 – Journalists, media workers and civil society activists have completed a training course on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and the importance of responsible journalism in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The training was delivered by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in Kalar city in the Garmiyan Administration of Sulaymaniyah governorate.
Baghdad, 01 October 2018 – A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 179 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 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.
Erbil, Iraq, 26 September 2018 –Officers at the Police Pre-Trial Detention Facility (Tasfirat) in Gwer, near Erbil, have completed a two-day training course organized by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) on core human rights principles relating to work in detention facilities.
Baghdad, Iraq, 26 September 2018 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) voices its grave concern at the shooting to death of a civil society activist, Ms. Suad al-Ali, in Basra on 25 September 2018. The Mission urges the authorities in Basra thoroughly to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing to determine its motives and to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.
UNAMI condemns all acts of violence, in particular against women, including murder, threats and intimidation, as wholly unacceptable.
Kalar, Iraq, 23 September 2018 – Police officers in Garmiyan Administration have completed a two-day training course organized by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) on core human rights principles relating to police work.
Baghdad, 23 September 2018 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, including its Liaison Office in Tehran, strongly condemns the terrorist attack which took place on Saturday, 22 September in the city of Ahvaz in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which military personnel and civilians, including children, were killed or injured.
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq offers its sincere condolences to the Government and people of Iran, in particular to the families of those who lost their lives, and wishes the injured a rapid and complete recovery.
Baghdad, Iraq, 16 September 2018 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the election by the Council of Representatives (CoR) of its Speaker and two deputies. He congratulates the elected officials, Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and deputies Hassan al-Kaabi and Basheer al-Haddad. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) looks forward to working with the new parliamentary leadership and the CoR and is ready to offer any required assistance.
Mr. Mohamed Nasri, UN Women Regional Director of Arab States, called on Iraqi leaders to take practical and decisive steps to ensure that women assume leadership positions in the three presidencies and in the government to achieve sustainable development and peace.
The call followed his visit to Iraq where he met with heads of political blocs, leaders at the highest levels and a large number of women and parliamentary leaders to emphasize the importance of supporting the agenda of women and women's participation in leadership and decision-making.
Erbil, Iraq, 11 September 2018 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Ján Kubiš visited Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, where he met with leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Gorran, New Generation Movement and the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ). Today, he was received in Erbil by Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masud Barzani and met separately with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.
Baghdad, Iraq, 9 September 2018 – A meeting with women leaders, former MPs and former Ministers, civil society and youth activists facilitated by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) pressed for robust participation of women in negotiations for government formation and for holding key ministerial posts in the next Cabinet.
Baghdad, Iraq, 8 September 2018 - Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Ján Kubiš condemns violence and riots in the recent days in Basra, attacks on government, political parties’ and media offices, hospitals, oil installation and the airport, the ransacking of the Iranian consulate and public and private property. These acts of violence have nothing to do with the people’s rightful demands for services, jobs and against corruption and work against their very legitimate rights and expectations of dignified peaceful life.
(Baghdad/New York, 06 September 2018): The Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations investigative team to promote accountability for Da’esh / ISIL crimes (UNITAD) under UNSCR 2379, Mr. Karim Khan, recently visited Iraq during which he heard first-hand the heart-wrenching accounts of survivors of Da’esh’s violence. Mr. Khan stressed the need to ensure that survivors of conflict-related violence are protected, their interests advanced, and that perpetrators of these heinous crimes be brought to justice.