GICJ urges UN to protect peaceful demonstrators in Iraq
On the 17th of February 2017, the Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) sent a letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in light of recent cases of violent closure of democratic space in Iraq.
April 23, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the al-Hawija massacre in Iraq, when at about 5 in the morning a peaceful sit-in came under an attack by government troops that left scores dead and injured and hundreds arrested. One year later justice for the victims has still not been found and human rights violations continue to take place on an even accelerated scale.
On behalf of a coaliltion of NGOs Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) has sent an urgent appeal to the International community and UN bodies following its appeal from 13 January 2014 in view of the horribly deteriorating human rights situation and the continuous brutal attacks against civilians in the province of al-Anbar/ Iraq.
Geneva International Centre for Justice sent urgent appeals to Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, regarding mass demonstrations which were scheduled to take place on 31 August 2013.
GICJ together with two hundred NGOs strongly condemn the execution of wounded protesters in al-Hawija and request that a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iraq be appointed and that a special session on Iraq be held.
Following the urgent appeals sent on 23 April and 26 April 2013 regarding the massacre of Al-Hawija, and based on new information received by Geneva International Centre for Justice from local sources confirming that people were executed by Iraqi forces following the storming of the sit-in, a Letter of Allegation has been submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.
In view of new developments which were brought to its attention by reliable sources, GICJ sent a follow-up appeal to its communication dated 23 April 2013, in which it denounced the armed forces execution of arrested demonstrators, and warns of the high possibility of new massacres if swift and effective action is not taken.
Statement issued by the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) on the massacre of Al-Hawija
Statement by The Central Committee of Coordination to Support the Iraqi Uprising On the Massacre of Al-Hawija
Statement by the BRussel Tribunal
In wake of the attack and killing of demonstrators in Al-Hawija, Geneva International Centre for Justice has sent an urgent appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly requesting that immediate action be taken with regards to these new grave human rights violations perpetrated by the government of Nouri Al-Maliki.
In this interview with Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki sends a direct and very clear threat to the Iraqi people demonstrating for the restoration of their human rights. nGeneva International Centre for Justice sent a communication to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and to relevant Special Procedures mandate-holders about these declarations made by the highest political authority of Iraq. GICJ considers that it constitutes a clear violation of the right of the Iraqi people to demonstrate peacefully and associate freely.
This short video, taken on on Friday 4 January 2013 in the streets of Mossul, shows the Iraqi army pursuing Iraqi demonstrators and opening fire on them. GICJ has sent a communication to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and to relevant UN Special Procedures requesting them to take all necessary measures, in accordance with their mandates, to remind the Iraqi authorities of their duty to protect and guarantee the rights of the Iraqi people to demonstrate peacefully and associate freely.
The Iraqi authorities resort to threats and use of violence against demonstrators asking for the restoration of their human rights. GICJ considers that these peaceful protests, which are taking place on a daily basis across the whole country, constitute a legal exercise of the right to peaceful protests by the Iraqi people.
Geneva International Centre for Justice sent a communication to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, and to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of Opinion and Expression about the ongoing threats, intimidations and violence by the Iraqi authorities against peaceful demonstrators across Iraq.