Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 1 February 2010 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert expressed his profound shock and sadness at the mass killing and wounding of innocent pilgrims heading to the city of Kabala, to participate in the religious rite of Arba’en.

Baghdad -Thursday, 21 January 2010 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) extends its warm congratulations to the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for starting the ballot printing process for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Overall, more than 26 million ballots of 19 different types will be printed and distributed to approximately 50,000 polling stations which will be established by the IHEC to accommodate regular voting, special needs and absentee voting including the police, the military, detainees and hospital workers, as well as out-of-country voting (OCV).

Baghdad-24 December 2009-The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq Ad Melkert wishes Iraqi Christians, and all Iraqis, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  He notes the United Nations\' deep appreciation to the important role Iraq\'s Christian have historically played in maintaining Iraq\'s unique and rich societal fabric, and their continued contribution to preserving  the country\'s unity in the face of adversity.    Mr. Melkert said, "Iraqi religious, and ethnic minorities are not only an integral part of Iraqi society, but they are a critical component in shaping the future of the country.”

BAGHDAD/GENEVA, 14 December 2009– The latest report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) shows improvement beside renewed concerns on the situation of human rights in Iraq. The document, that covers the period from 1 January to 30 June 2009, makes special emphasis on the areas of rule of law and impunity, the reimplementation of the death penalty, the situation in prisons and detention centers, and allegations of torture.

Baghdad-14 December 2009- At different meetings with representatives of the Government of Iraq and with representatives of the diplomatic community in Baghdad, UNAMI has continued to promote further consultations concerning the future of the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Baghdad- 12 December 2009: The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Mr. Ad Melkert, met today with representatives of the Kurdish Alliance Bloc in the Council of Representatives. During the meeting both sides touched upon discussions that took place last week to finalize the Election Law. They reaffirmed that the Kurdish Alliance Bloc’s acceptance of the seat allocation was based on the understanding that the allocation would be used exclusively for the 2010 Council of Representatives elections.

Baghdad, 10 December 2009 - On the occasion of UN Human Rights Day, which this year focuses on Embracing Diversity and Fighting Against Discrimination, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Ad Melkert calls on all citizens of Iraq for tolerance towards each other and to respect each others’ political rights, as well as cultural, religious, ethnic and gender differences.

Baghdad, 7 December 2009 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert congratulates the members of the Council of Representatives (CoR) on finalizing the Election Law that is broadly based and inclusive.  Mr. Melkert said that, “During the past few weeks the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has worked intently and diligently with CoR members representing all political parties and entities to facilitate a process leading to a broad agreement”. He added, “Although the debate appeared intense at times it was always conducted with dignity and focused on Iraq’s democratic and political progress”.

Baghdad, 2 December 2009 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert welcomes efforts to date by all parties to reach a consensual solution which meets the interests of all groups and to show strong determination to urgently agree on an Election Law for the Iraqi people who deserve clarity at this point in time.

Erbil, 1 December 2009 - A training workshop provided to Iraqi Civil Society Organizations  (CSOs) on the essential skills for effective human rights reporting took place in Erbil from 21st –  25th November 2009.

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