Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad-- 16 August 09-The Human Rights Office (HRO) for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), has conducted a four-day training seminar titled Participation of Civil Society Organizations in the UN Universal Periodic Review Process for Iraq (UPR). The seminar, held in Erbil from 2 to 5 August, focused on building the capacities of civil society organizations to monitor and report on human rights in Iraq, to prepare for Iraq\'s first submission to the UPR.

Baghdad-8 August 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations-Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert strongly condemned the car bombing in the cites of Mosul and Baghdad on Friday which left dozens of innocent civilians dead and injured. Mr. Melkert described the bombings as, “An abhorrent crime targeting worshipers while they prayed and others as they embarked on their mid-Shaaban pilgrimage.”

Baghdad - 4 August 2009- The newly-appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, outlined his vision for future UN support to Iraq at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today in New York.   The mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is due to be renewed this week.

Baghdad, 13 July 2009 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert expressed his concern at the continued targeting of the Christian minority in Iraq, following yesterday\'s orchestrated bombings that hit several churches in Baghdad and Mosul, killing at least four people, and wounding dozens more, including children.

BAGHDAD, 1 July 2009 – The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) angrily condemned the deadly bomb attack in al-Shourga market in Kirkuk, which killed and injured dozens of innocent people, describing it as yet another attempt to provoke reactions that would lead to sectarian and ethnic conflict, and aimed at undermining the hopes of the Iraqi people for an improvement in their lives.

Baghdad, 25 June 09 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura expressed the United Nations outrage and condemnation of the horrifying bombing in Sadr City on 24 June 2009, and a recent string of bombings and shootings throughout Iraq.

Baghdad-21 June 2009-- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura condemned in the strongest terms the abhorrent bombing in Taza district south of Kirkuk. The bombing on Saturday, 20 June, resulted in the killing of more than 70 civilians and the wounding of more than 180 others.

Baghdad-17 June 2009- The Iraqi  Council of Representatives (CoR) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) organized a two day conference in Baghdad titled ‘The Future of Iraq’ dedicated to the discussion of hydrocarbon revenue and water sharing. The conference, held on 14-15 June, was made possible with logistical support by UNOPS and funding from the European Union. This event was a continuation of previously held roundtable-discussions on federalism and hydrocarbon resources management that were held in Baghdad and Erbil between July 2008 and April 2009.

Baghdad-15 June 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura leaves Baghdad after almost two years as the United Nations’ top official in Iraq and will be taking up his new assignment as Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme of the UN, where he  will continue to take a close interest in matters dealing with the Middle East region, including Iraq.

Baghdad-Friday, 12 June 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura condemned in the strongest terms the shocking assassination of Harith Al-Ubaidi, head of the Accordance Front-Al Tawaffuq in the Iraqi council of Representatives. Mr. de Mistura described the assassination of Al-Ubaidi as, “Particularly deplorable and a tragic loss as the late Harith Al-Ubaidi was known for his ability to work with all the different groups and political blocs, and who tirelessly worked to ensure the rights of detainees, and the enactment of the Human Rights Commission Law.”

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