Sunday, 17 March 2013
Iraq: Investigate Fatal Police Shootings in Mosul
HRW reports (March 16th): Iraqi authorities should order an immediate, transparent, and independent investigation into lethal police and army shootings of anti-government protesters on March 8, 2013, and others in recent weeks. The authorities should also ensure that those responsible for unlawful killings or excessive force are brought to justice.
Police may have killed one person and wounded others when they fired on protesters in Mosul on March 8, 2013. Soldiers who opened fire on demonstrators in Fallujah on January 25 killed nine people. Human Rights Watch on March 9 interviewed witnesses to the Mosul shootings, who said soldiers also searched and harassed demonstrators as they approached the protest site and tried to prevent ambulances from carrying away wounded people.
Clashes mark Iraq anti-government protests
Al Jazeera reports (March 15th): Protesters have clashed with police in a wave of anti-government protests to hit at least three cities in Iraq, police officials say.
The protests took place in Ramadi, Samara and Baghdad against what the participants described as government sectarian policies that target Sunni Muslims.
Anti-riot police in Baghdad used batons and water hoses in order to prevent worshippers from crossing a bridge leading to the most venerated Sunni mosque in the capital, located in the primarily Sunni neighbourhood of Azamiyah