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Baghdad, 6 April 2014 – The Iraqi Ministry of Health, with the support of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), will conduct a round of National Immunization Days between the 6th and 10th of April in response to an outbreak of polio in the country and the Middle East. The vaccination campaign aims to reach all of the 5.6 million children between 0 and 5 years of age across Iraq with two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV), including in refugee camps, host communities and settlements. WHO is supporting the operation cost together with UNICEF and will be conducting an independent monitoring of this and subsequent campaigns. On the 30th of March, the Ministry of Health announced that…
Ten years after the launch of Anglo-American military operations in Iraq, Handicap International has expressed its alarm at the dire situation facing the country’s civilian population. For the last 10 years, civilians have borne the brunt of armed violence in Iraq and the withdrawal of coalition troops has not improved the security situation. The threat from millions of landmines and explosive remnants of war has increased the hardships facing the Iraqi people, who already live in extremely harsh conditions. In order to save lives, Handicap International plans to develop its risk education activities in the south of the country by adding a component on small arms. Nearly 250,000 civilians were killed or injured in Iraq between March 2003 and January…
Nature Iraq wants to let everyone know that the Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the ‘Rawanduz River Expedition’ has completed. We raised $10,335.00 and want to thank everyone who helped us. Further updates on the expedition, which will take place in May, can be found on the www.iraqwaterkeeper.org website or at the Expedition Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChomanRawanduz -- SUPPORT THE RAWANDUZ RIVER EXPEDITION HERE. PROTECT RIVERS IN IRAQ!
According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 592 Iraqis were killed and another 1,234 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in March*. The number of civilians killed was 484 (including 133 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,104 (including 206 civilian police). A further 108 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 130 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar operation). “With Elections Day getting nearer, I once again stress the need for unity and a holistic approach to violence and terrorist threat in Iraq. The political, social and religious leaders of Iraq have an urgent responsibility to set up a mechanism for dialogue and conflict resolution between various…
The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome - April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls for the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to visit Iraq on an urgent basis and as a preliminary step to provide protection for human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in particular. The initiative calls for the Iraqi government to shoulder its responsibility in protecting HRDs, and to start by issuing strict instructions to the security forces and personal guards of public officials: they must not intimidate journalists and HRDs or prevent them from performing their…
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov learned with shock and dismay about the murder of Mohammed Bdaiwi, Radio Free Iraq’s Baghdad Bureau chief, who was shot dead yesterday by an officer of the Presidential Guard in Baghdad. “I strongly condemn this despicable crime and extend my condolences to the bereaved family of the victim, the media and the academic community and to the colleagues and friends of Mr. Bdaiwi”, Mr. Mladenov said. “The Iraqi authorities have reacted swiftly to obtain the surrender of the culprit. It is now up to the judiciary to prosecute him and to hold him accountable before the law” he added, calling on the Government “to do all…