Press Releases & Statements

29th January 2019, Baghdad, Iraq - The Special Adviser of the United Nations Investigative Team for the Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) Karim A. A. Khan QC today extended his sympathy at the passing of the Emir of the Yazidi community, Tahseen Said Beg, in Hanover, Germany. The Special Adviser stated:

Baghdad, 24 January 2019 – The Women's Advisory Group (WAG) on Reconciliation and Politics, which was established in October 2018 with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), was officially inaugurated today in Baghdad.

On 23 January 2019, Mr. Karim A.A. Khan QC, Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD) was received today in Najaf by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. Mr. Khan briefed him on the mandate and initial activities of UNITAD. They were united in the need for Da’esh to be held accountable for their crimes and the important role that UNITAD has to play in this regard.

Baghdad, 22 January 2019 – Responding to the need of the Directorate of Health in Diyala, WHO with the support of the generous donors, has arranged for a large consignment of medical kits and medical supplies to support the Directorate. A shipment of four 40-feet trucks of kits and medical supplies was transported on 14 January 2019 to support returnees’ districts in Diyala governorate, 84 kilometers east of Baghdad. As Diyala is one of the crisis affected governorate and in line with the objectives of Humanitarian Response Plan, WHO, in coordination with Diyala health directorate, developed an action plan to support the returnees and the IDPs families in the governorate during 2019.

BAGHDAD - 17 January 2019 - On 14 and 15 January, the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO) published on its website statements accusing, but not directly naming, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Iraq, and G4S, its implementing partner, with “crimes no less grievous and insolent than the crimes of Daesh” in conducting explosive hazard clearance without church authorization “in a barbaric and arbitrary manner with utter disregard for the holy and religious sanctity” of two historic churches in the Hosh al-Khan area of the Al Maedan district, Mosul.

15 January 2019 Erbil – As winter temperatures set in, accompanied by winds and rain, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq has completed the three-month distribution of 25,000 winter non-food item kits. Consisting of heaters, blankets and jerry cans, the kits meet the most urgent needs of 150,000 vulnerable individuals across the country.

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Iraq have launched an initiative to digitise the national public distribution system (PDS). The first phase of digitisation will reach nearly 1.3 million people in and around Baghdad and Dohuk.

Baghdad, 8 January 2019 - - The World Health Organization (WHO) extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) for the generous contribution of US$ 2.5 million to increase the health security and resilience of Syrian refugees living in Iraq.

06 January 2019; Baghdad, Iraq - The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) joined efforts with UNFPA to improve access to psychosocial, mental health, and GBV services to women and girls in Iraq through a contribution of €400,000 to the programme.

BAGHDAD, 27 December 2018 – The Ministry of Health in coordination with the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Health and the support of WHO, launched on Sunday 23rd December 2018 a five-day campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio.

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