Press Releases & Statements

GENEVA/BAGHDAD, 6 May 2009 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Wednesday expressed their concern at the resumption of the execution of the death penalty in Iraq.

Baghdad - 29 April 2009 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) issued today its 14th report on the human rights situation in the country covering the period from July to December 2008. The report, produced in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that although the period covered was characterised by further improvements in security, the overall human rights situation in Iraq remains a matter of concern.

Baghdad-24 April 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura strongly condemned the horrific back to back bombings in Baghdad on Thursday, 23 April and Friday, 24 April. Mr. de Mistura described these bombings as, “Terrible crimes, targeting innocent civilians, mainly pilgrims, and many as they waited for food parcels being handed out by the Iraqi Red Crescent.” Mr. de Mistura expressed the United Nations’ concern over the spike in these types of criminal attacks in recent weeks. He also expressed his confidence that the Iraqi people will remain united in their resolve in combating violence. The SRSG extends the United Nations’ sincere condolences to the bereaved families and its wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

Baghdad- 22 April 2009 - Today, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, presented to the Prime Minister and the members of the Presidency Council of Iraq, as well as the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, reports on the disputed internal boundaries of northern Iraq.  This work, which has taken over a year to complete, has been carried out as part of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) contained in Security Council resolutions 1770 and 1830.

Baghdad-6 April 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura, strongly condemned the string of bombings that targeted many of Baghdad’s neighborhoods today, killing dozens of innocent civilians and injuring many more including women and children.

Baghdad- 5 April 2009- The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), based on UNSCR 1770 and UNSCR 1830 and subsequent UN Security Council meetings, has been working for more than a year on assisting the Iraqi authorities develop processes which would enable resolution of the disputed internal boundaries in northern Iraq.  As part of its work the UN is currently finalizing analytical reports on all areas regarded as disputed and will present its analysis to all relevant authorities within the month.

Baghdad, 24 March 2009 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura condemned in the strongest terms the suicide bomb attack that killed and injured dozens at a house filled with Kurdish funeral mourners in the town of Jalawla in Diyala province.

Baghdad/ The Dead Sea - 19 March 2009: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today opened a conference entitled “Still Paying the Price, Iraqi Women after Years of Wars, Sanctions and Internal Conflict” on strategies to promote women’s rights in Iraq.

Baghdad-16 March 2009- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura is continuing a round of consultations with a number of political figures in Iraq regarding power-sharing in Kirkuk as well as developments in parts of Nineveh and Diyala governorates.  In recent days, he has held meetings with the Prime Minister’s Office, Iraqi political leaders, Kirkuk Provincial Council Chairman and others.

 

Baghdad-10 March 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura, strongly condemned the bombings in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib area this afternoon which killed dozens of innocent civilians and injured many more including tribal leaders, journalists and other military and civilian dignitaries. Mr. de Mistura described the bombing which targeted Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders after concluding a reconciliation meeting as a, “ Horrible crime that is designed to sabotage reconciliatory efforts by the Iraqi people, who, I am confident, will continue on the road of dialogue.”  

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