Archive: iraq

17th August 2009
By: Brian Whitaker
Iraq is a dangerous place for many if not most of its citizens but a report issued today by Human Rights Watch looks at a spreading campaign of violence against one group in particular: men who are suspected of homosexual conduct or considered not “manly” enough. Murders are committed with impunity… Read more
13th August 2009
By: Brian Whitaker
The Vienna-based International Press Institute has issued a statement criticising the Iraqi government’s draft media law. I haven’t seen the full text (anyone who has a copy please sent it to me) but from what has been reported it contains the usual statements about protecting journalist, freedom… Read more
4th August 2009
By: Brian Whitaker
It’s probably reassuring for Iraq’s neighbours that the “democratic” Maliki government is gradually acquiring the characteristics of a bog-standard authoritarian regime. Its latest move, reported in the New York Times, is to ban websites “deemed harmful to the public, to require internet cafes to… Read more
3rd August 2009
By: Brian Whitaker
The London-based Women Solidarity for Unified and Independent Iraq has appealed to Arab governments to help save the lives of nine women believed to be facing imminent execution in Iraq. Amnesty International says Iraq's presidential council has ratified the death sentences and a number the women… Read more