“Human rights official: 121 Iraqi activists kidnapped, murdered since October 1”

Since the beginning of Iraq’s nationwide protests on October 1, at least 121 activists have been kidnapped or assassinated, Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, said Wednesday.

Protesters and activists have previously described campaigns of surveillance, intimidation, and abduction by government forces and unidentified armed groups since the unrest began late last year. 

According to Al-Bayati, at least 49 activists have been assassinated or survived assassination attempts in that period, while at least 72 have been kidnapped.

In late December, IHCHR reports handed to Rudaw showed a total of 68 activists had been kidnapped. 

At that time, at least 56 activists were still missing.

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