Preparations begin to assist Iraqi displaced before winter

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Displaced Iraqi family. (UNHCR video capture)

Efforts are being made by the UN to provide better protections for displaced Iraqis before winter sets in.

Around 800,000 people are in urgent need of shelter and at least 940,000 lack essential household and other life-sustaining items, says the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

As the lead agency for shelter, UNHCR warns, it only has the capacity to respond to half of what is actually required.

The authorities and humanitarian actors need more resources to cover a wider area.

Meanwhile, UN report on the rise in executions since Iraq restored the death penalty in 2005 has been released.

At least 60 people have been put to death between 1 January and 30 September of this year, the report states.

The UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, says the situation is "alarming".

He warns that many of these convictions are based on "questionable evidence and systemic failures of the administration of justice".

Mr Mladenov calls upon the Government of Iraq to reconsider its position on the imposition of the death penalty.

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