The Iraqi Human Rights Commission said it received 64 complaints of kidnapping since early October.

“Out of the 64, only 22 were released,” Ali Al Bayati, a member of the commission told The National on Wednesday.

Mr Al Bayati said efforts made by the government to halt the abductions are “poor” as cases are still being reported.

The official said that Lara Abdul Amir, a demonstrator from Baghdad, remains missing after disappearing in November.

The commission said it received a letter granting it access to set up a special committee to investigate the abductions.

Yet despite the development, protesters are facing an increase in the number of kidnappings and forced disappearances.

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