United Nations says that respect for and protection of human rights are still fragile in Iraq

The United Nations said, Wednesday, that respect for human rights and protection are still fragile in Iraq, while warning of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, the high executions in the country threatens to undermine progress partial rule of law there.

According to a report issued by the United Nations Mission to help Iraq (UNAMI) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is about the human rights situation in Iraq for the period between January 1 and June 30, 2012, to respect and protect human rights are still fragile in Iraq.

said the report that violence is still a major concern, as the number of civilian deaths increased slightly compared with the same period in 2011.

pointed to the deaths of nearly 1346 civilians and injuring 3660 others during months 6 First of 2012, to Agueta that despite the decline in the total number of attacks signed, the attacks were often more bloody, as the attacks were few backwardness large numbers of victims.

pointed out that the Government of Iraq has adopted a number of positive steps to address some of the concerns related to human rights, including the conduct of some legislative and institutional reforms President . welcomed the report appoint commissioners to work in the Independent High Commission for Human Rights First in Iraq, and the endorsement of Iraq on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the launch of a program to reorganize and rehabilitate detention centers and prisons of the authority of the Ministry of Justice.

stressed that many ordinary Iraqis of women, children and persons with disabilities and members of ethnic and religious groups, still face varying degrees of discrimination in relation to the full enjoyment of their fundamental rights, and that many Iraqis still suffer from limited access to basic services, including health care, education and employment.

said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, “comes respect for human rights at the heart of any democratic system, and Iraqi authorities must take firm action to ensure that every person in this country full of his fundamental rights, including social and economic rights.” consisted Other concerns in the credit on confessions as a basis for conviction in the judicial proceedings, and the implementation of the death penalty, and the lack of adequate resources for prosecutors and courts to address the problem of overcrowding in detention centers, at the time still constitute the prison conditions of grave concern.

said the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, “I call Iraqi authorities to address gross violations of human rights, which highlights it. “

and added, “I would like to emphasize in particular, international law does not allow for the application of the death penalty except in very limited circumstances, including after a trial and follow the appeal proceedings that scrupulously respect all principles of fair trial. “

and noted that “the number of executions carried out so far in 2012, and the way in which it was carried out in the form of large batches, is a very serious matter and can not be justified and threatens to undermine progress partial and temporary achieved with respect to the rule of law in Iraq, according to What the report noted. and I urge the government of Iraq to declare a moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in the near future. “