Concerns over executions in Iraq

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Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay

Thirty-four people including two women have been executed in Iraq, according to the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The executions took place on January 19.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said it was disturbing that there were so many executions on a single day.

Ms Pillay says there were documented cases of confessions being extracted under duress.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office  says the crimes committed by those executed were still not clear.

"There are around 48 crimes for which the death penalty can be imposed in Iraq, including a number of non-fatal crimes such as under certain circumstances damage to public property. We do not have a single report of anyone on death row being pardoned since 2004. The High Commissioner is calling on the government of Iraq to implement an immediate moratorium on the institution of death penalty. Around 150 countries have now either abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, or introduced a moratorium."

The UN Human Rights Office says over 1,200 people have been sentenced to death in Iraq since 2004.

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