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Executions in Iraq Peak to Highest Point in 10 Years: Amnesty

Published on: April 8, 2013

Executions in Iraq have peaked to their highest level in almost a decade, an Amnesty International report to be published this week has said.

The country now has the third highest number of executions in the world, Amnesty’s UK director told the Independent on Sunday.

“The global trend on the death penalty is toward abolition or at least a decrease in its use, but Iraq is bucking that trend in a disturbing way.

“The staggering scale of executions we’re seeing in Iraq has taken us back to the bad old days of large-scale executions under Saddam [Hussein],” UK director Kate Allen said.

Iraq executed at least 129 people last year, according to a global report by Amnesty International, almost double the number of people executed in 2011.

“So far, 16 people have been executed since January, according to the human rights organisation, with four being put to death in the last week alone,” the newspaper stated.

Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. The occasion prompted analysts to assess on security and crime in the country since the war.

The war reinvigorated radical Islamist militants in the region, set back women’s rights, and weakened an already-precarious healthcare system, a study released last month named the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

The war resulted in the death of around 162,000 people, almost 80 percent of them civilian, from the start of the U.S.-led invasion until the withdrawal of American forces in December 2011, according to British NGO Iraq Body Count.

(Al Arabiya)

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