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The number of civilians killed was 661 (including 175 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1201 (including 258 civilian police). A further 98 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 144 were injured. The total number of civilian casualties (including police) in 2013 has been the highest since 2008, with 7,818 killed (6,787 in 2008) and 17,981 (20,178 in 2008) injured. “This is a sad and terrible record which confirms once again the urgent need for the Iraqi authorities to address the roots of violence to curb this infernal circle,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, said. The most violent month of 2013 was May, with a…
Baghdad, 30 December 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, today expressed his concern about the situation in Anbar Province and called for restraint and political engagement. “I am concerned about the current developments in Anbar and call on all to remain calm and to abide by the agreements reached in in the course of the last two days. Political disputes must be resolved through dialogue and through an inclusive political process that allows all components to feel engaged in building the democratic future of the country”.“The government has a Constitutional responsibility to protect all citizens from terrorism, while observing the rights of ordinary Iraqi citizens, providing for their humanitarian needs,…
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed his deep concern at the attack on Baghdad International Airport Zone last night during which a number of rockets landed on Camp Hurriya. A number of residents were reported killed and injured. Of those, at least four were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals in Baghdad by the Iraqi authorities. SRSG Mladenov said "This is another stark reminder of the increasing violence in Iraq. The Government, in cooperation with the Camp Hurriya leadership, needs to take immediate action to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to maximise the security of the residents". He added that "the responsibility for protecting the residents…
Muslim Aid-Iraq Field office distributed food packages on 23 December to Syrian refugee families settled in Aqra camp in Dohuk Governorate and Kwelan camp in Erbil Governorate. The distribution took place in coordination with a local NGO, Barzani Charity Foundation. Muslim Aid distributed 900 food packages in the first round. Out of these, 805 packages were distributed in the two camps mentioned above and another 95 food packages were distributed to non-camp Syrian refugees in Erbil. These packages suffice the food needs of a family of 4-7 people over a period of three weeks. Muslim Aid is an international relief and development agency working to alleviate the suffering among the world’s poorest and most needy communities regardless of race, creed…
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov condemns in the strongest terms the recent spate of attacks deliberately targeting pilgrims commemorating Al-Arba’een. “Such terrorist acts are particularly despicable and unjustifiable, all the more so since practicing religious duties is revered in all various faiths,” Mr. Mladenov said. “My profound sympathy goes to the bereaved families of the victims, who have lost their beloved ones in abject circumstances,” the UN Envoy added. He also expressed his strong belief that “no terrorist act can reverse the Iraqi people’s yearning for peace.”
Iraq Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held, April 30, 2014 across Iraq’s 15 federal governorates and 3 governorates in IKR. Mercy Corps is issuing an RFA for registered, qualified Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to conduct domestic monitoring, observation and reporting activities. CSO’s monitoring programs will focus specifically on the election campaign, special voting, and election-day voting and counting processes. Contingent on availability of additional funding, CSO’s activities could be expanded to cover long-term monitoring of the Election Campaign, monitoring of the Election Administration Authority (IHEC and especially GEOs) as well as Media Monitoring. Mercy Corps anticipates awarding up to 10-15 grants to CSOs (13 in the Federal Governorates and 2 in IKR) for a period not to exceed three…
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