Help stop the sectarian killings and abductions in Iraq

Amnesty International reports

Amnesty International has conducted a briefing that sheds light on a growing pattern of sectarian killings and abductions by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). A takeover has resulted in a dramatic resurgence of sectarian tensions and the massive displacement of communities fearing sectarian attacks and reprisals. Amnesty International has also gathered evidence pointing to a pattern of extrajudicial executions of detainees by Iraqi government forces and Shi’a militias. Air strikes launched by Iraqi government forces against ISIS-controlled areas have also killed and injured dozens of civilians, some in indiscriminate attacks.

Consequences of the conflict in Iraq

Indiscriminate artillery shelling and air strikes by government forces against ISIS controlled areas have also killed and injured dozens of civilians and spurred many to flee fearing for their lives. The conflict in northern Iraq has displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians, who have fled to neighbouring Kurdish areas administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“Once again beleaguered civilians in Iraq find themselves trapped in a spiral of sectarian violence from all sides. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes in terror of abductions and killings by ISIS and air strikes by government forces, as all sides are showing utter disregard for international humanitarian law.”

–          Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser

Supporting Amnesty International

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Stop torture with Amnesty International

For over 50 years, Amnesty International has exposed governments who torture, and supported torture survivors to get justice.

Over the last five years, Amnesty has reported on torture in at least three quarters of the world – 141 countries, from every region.

“Governments around the world are two-faced on torture – prohibiting it in law, but facilitating it in practice. Torture is not just alive and well – it is flourishing in many parts of the world. As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last thirty years is being eroded.”

–        Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

How you can help

The Stop Torture campaign launches with a new media briefing, Torture in 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises, which provides an overview of the use of torture in the world today.

Amnesty International is calling on governments to implement protective mechanisms to prevent and punish torture – such as proper medical examinations, prompt access to lawyers, independent checks on places of detention, independent and effective investigations of torture allegations, the prosecution of suspects and proper redress for victims.

Join with Amnesty International and help stop torture:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/stoptorture

 

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