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Baghdad, 16 April 2021 – Ensuring equal access and full inclusion of persons with disabilities into Iraqi society was the focus of discussion at a Disability Inclusion Conference organized by Al Meezan Centre for the Rule of Law, with the support and participation of UNAMI HRO and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Baghdad, Iraq - 14 April 2021: Terrorist organizations and organized criminal groups have long focused on using borders to move suspicious passengers and illicit goods without being detected such as through aircrafts, ships, or containers. It is thus key to hold effective tracking and identifying mechanisms and to adopt a layered approach to aviation security in international airports.

Trebil, Iraq – 4 April 2021:A unique and strategic point, the Trebil border crossing point (BCP) is the only official entry point to Jordan from Iraq.

Hadi Naif Sado left school at the age of 12 because he had to work to help support his family. Two years later, the Islamic State group (ISIS) invaded his family’s village near Sinjar and they had to flee. The 22-year-old is now living in a tent in Shekhan camp in Duhok province. This month, he is receiving some training that is finally allowing him to imagine a future for himself.

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Baghdad — Persons with disabilities have enormous potential to contribute to economies and societies, and can bring determination, innovation, and energy, among other qualities, to their workplaces and communities. In Iraq however, people with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by armed conflict and economic hardship and continue to face significant barriers to their full and equal inclusion. Moreover, despite Iraq having one of the largest populations of persons with disabilities in the world, there has been little consultation with persons with disabilities and their representative groups by government and humanitarian and development agencies.

28 March 2021: At a workshop providing psychological support to victims of terrorism, Narin (not her real name) pictured herself as a body without a face. “I was abducted by ISIL at the age of 17 and was sold and raped by a dozen men”, she says. “To this day, I still do not know what the fate of my abducted mother is, I still don’t know if she is dead or alive”, she adds. To help victims like Narin through legal and psychological support, UNODC, together with the Lebanese Association for Victims of Terrorism (AVT-L) is implementing a new project funded by the Dutch government.

On a recent visit to Diyala, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, met with returnees living in Hembes village in Muqdadiya. About 250 households have returned to Hembes villages since 2015. Several households arrived from Al-Wand and Qaratoo IDP camps after camp closures took place at the end of 2020.

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Arab Region, 23-24 March 2021 – The role of women human rights defenders, and female leadership in the fight against COVID-19 was at the centre of discussions at a virtual event to mark International Women’s Day, organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, with participation of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq’s Human Rights Office (UNAMI HRO).

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On 21 March, UNAMI Human Rights, the Component Adviser from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Racial Discrimination Commissioner from the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights co-facilitated a virtual event to mark the International Day on Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Minorities, women, and persons internally displaced face severe land tenure issues in post-conflict Iraq. In this acute analysis, UN-Habitat Iraq presents ways forward for conflict-affected areas.

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