The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the government to prosecute perpetrators of violations against journalists
The Commission on Human Rights called on the government to prosecute perpetrators of violations against journalists.
"The International Day for Combating Impunity for the perpetrators of violations against journalists is an opportunity to review the protection of journalists and to prevent violations against them in Iraq," UNHCR member Fadel Abdul Zahra Al Gharawi said in a statement.
He added that "the Commission documented the high violations against the freedom of the press and journalists in Iraq," noting that "on the occasion of the International Day to combat impunity for violations against journalists, the actions of the Iraqi state was not enough to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of violations against journalists."
He pointed out that "the most important violations documented by the Commission are detention outside the law and arbitrary detention and beatings and humiliation and confiscation of press equipment and threats in addition to killing and the difficulty of obtaining information."
He called Ghraoui parliament to speed up the legislation of the right of access to information and freedom of opinion and expression and demand the government to implement national and international obligations to combat and prosecute the perpetrators of violations against journalists and the lack of impunity and the promotion and protection of journalists to exercise their functions in the protection of democracy in Iraq law. "
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