[size=36]Human rights: 48 kidnapped and missing demonstrators and activists since the protests started[/size]
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High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq revealed, on Sunday, the outcome of the number of activists, demonstrators, kidnappers, and missing persons, as it reached 48 kidnappers so far.
"The commission has received 48 complaints regarding missing persons, or kidnapped citizens, who participated in the demonstrations," said UNHCR member Ali al-Bayati, in a statement reported by the Russian agency Sputnik, noting that "only a few of them were released, but the largest number so far has been absent."
Al-Bayati asserted, "The Commission is unable to communicate with the kidnapped who were released, because they refused to provide any information because of fear." The continued kidnapping of activists and demonstrators, as a matter of course, is a matter of concern, and certainly indicates the freedom of gangs and their challenge to the rule of law, as they carry out actions that target Even girls and activists systematically, and in many provinces that witness demonstrations, in addition to the capital. "
He held the government responsible for the kidnappings, calling on them to "seriously investigate them, uncover the perpetrators, and refer them to the judiciary."
He warned, "The survival of such pending files, and without serious national procedures, creates a loophole for international intervention, especially since Iraq is a member of the Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearance," expressing "his hopes that the last step for the Ministry of Interior will be the formation of a committee to investigate the issue of the kidnapped." , As it also called on the commission to participate as an observer, a real desire to reveal the circumstances of this matter and put an end to it. "
And the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council announced, last Sunday, December 8, the release of 2,626 peaceful demonstrators, who had been arrested during the past days.
The Media Center of the Supreme Judicial Council stated, in a statement last Sunday, that "the real bodies in charge of examining the demonstrations cases announced the release of 2,626 detainees from peaceful demonstrators until the eighth of this month.
The statement added that" (181) detainees are still being investigated for crimes. Attributed to them according to the law. ”
Also, the death toll from violence (murder, kidnapping and threat), which chases media workers and journalists working to cover the demonstrations in Iraq, has risen to more than 100 media outlets, including 3 killed so far, with the head of a newspaper surviving an assassination attempt in the center of the capital, Baghdad. .
the protesters continue in the capital pagoda D, and the central and southern governorates of Iraq, their protests for the third month in a row in the rain, and the cold wave, despite the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, demanding the dissolution of Parliament, and the prosecution of those involved in the killing of demonstrators, and the holding of early elections.