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Baghdad, 9 October 2017 – Although the United Nations is relieved that fighting in and near Hawiga in Kirkuk Governorate is ending, humanitarian partners remain deeply concerned about the safety of civilian populations.

Kalar/Garmiyan Administration, Iraq, 3 October 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO), within its programme of technical support to civil society organizations, launched a “Training of Trainers on Training Methodologies in the Field of Human Rights Promotion and Coexistence” in Jalawla District/Diyala.

Baghdad, Iraq, 5 October 2017 – As the military operations to retake Hawija continue, more than 30,000 people have been displaced since September 21st.

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Operating in one of the most severe and complex crises in the world, the Iraq IDP Information Centre (Iraq IIC)—a free hotline for displaced Iraqis to access information about humanitarian assistance, request assistance, raise complaints and provide feedback on the humanitarian response provided by aid agencies—handled its 100,000th call in September. The call marks a milestone in humanitarian efforts to establish a coordinated hotline and to promote accountability to displaced communities in Iraq.

The Secretary-General is appalled that more than 8,000 children were killed and maimed in conflict situations in 2016. These unacceptable attacks on children, as well as the continued widespread recruitment and use of children, attacks on schools and hospitals, and sexual violence against children, are detailed in his Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict.

New York, 5 September 2017 – Boys and girls living in countries affected by armed conflict have been victims of widespread violations in 2016, as documented in the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict released today and covering the period from January to December 2016.

Erbil – In the wake of the Iraqi Government’s announcement on 5 October that the town of Hawija and its surrounding areas have been retaken, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix reported that more than 33,000 people have been displaced since the launch of the offensive two weeks ago; of these, more than 15,200 are still displaced and 17,700 have returned to their homes.

How Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are treated in terms of getting access to food, shelter and medical services and whether their rights to enjoy these basic rights are not being violated, is a forefront activity of the UNAMI Human Rights Office, under its work on protection of civilians.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the news of the passing of the former President of Iraq, His Excellency Jalal Talabani.

We have been asked in recent days about our efforts to deal with the authorities in Baghdad and Erbil. And I can say that we welcome efforts to resolve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil based on the Constitution, notably the intervention of the religious authority Ayatollah [Ali] al-Sistani last Friday that urged respect for the Constitution and the Supreme Federal Court’s decision as regards to the referendum. We also welcome other initiatives to resolve the crisis within the constitutional framework and in full respect of Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, to re start dialogue and cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil on this basis.

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