Posted on July 13, 2016 by Editorial Staff in People, Politics
Independent Commission for Human Rights in Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: NRT
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The Independent Commission for Human Rights in Iraqi Kurdistan warned on Tuesday that human trafficking is on the rise in the Kurdistan Region and called on legislators to step up efforts to combat trafficking.
Commission head Zeya Betruss said during a press conference the organization observed an increase in the number of reported cases of human trafficking in 2015 and urged Kurdistan’s Parliament to pass laws to tackle human trafficking.
The commission for human rights said 44 workers died in 2015 and accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Syndicate of negligence.
Betruss expressed concerns over threats to press freedom in the Kurdistan Region as well during the press conference, saying in 2015 there were two reported cases of a crackdown at offices of NRT and KNN, as well as an attack on Rudaw.
There were eight incidents of arrest and harassment of journalists recording in 2015, according to the commission’s report.
As many as seven journalists have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of this year, according to an annual report released by the Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedom.
“Seven journalists were killed and dozens were injured, while some media outlets suffered persecution during the first half of this year,” the rights group said.