Ali al Bayati: “We are getting an increase in the level of domestic violence cases”| The National

Ali Al Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, said what happened to Ms Al Zubaidi was the result of increasing domestic, social and psychological tensions caused by economic woes from the outbreak of coronavirus.

“We are getting an increase in the level of domestic violence cases, especially against women and kids, and as a result we are seeing more suicidal attempts,” Mr Al Bayati told The National.

He said the police must be more active, and called for support helplines to be set up for victims of domestic abuse.

“We still do not have any law criminalising domestic violence of course,” Mr Al Bayati said.

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Honor Culture Prevents Corona Treatment, Quarantine

Dr. Ali Al-Bayati, the high commission for human rights in Iraq said there are now cases of families gathering outside hospitals demanding their daughters back.

Al-Bayati blamed the problem on lack of awareness as well as the weakness of the Iraqi government. He also noted that, in general, many people infected with the virus ran away before they were to be transferred to quarantine facilities.

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Ali al-Bayati: Government institutions must make greater efforts to raise health awareness – The National

Up to 25 per cent of the population are defying government calls and are trying to perform their pilgrimage, Ali Al Bayati, a member of the country’s Human Rights Commission, told The National.

“Some people were arrested and given penalties for being outdoors and contributing to the spread of the disease,” Mr Al Bayati said.

Government institutions must make greater efforts to raise health awareness and design programmes on precautions and risks related to the virus, as this is one of the main problems, he said.
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IHCHR: Efforts made by the government to halt the abductions are “poor” as cases are still being reported.

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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Nearly 550 killed in Iraq protest violence: commission

Nearly 550 Iraqis have been killed in protest-related violence since unprecedented anti-government demonstrations erupted in the capital and southern cities in October, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said on Friday. 

Iraq’s health ministry confirmed the first protester shot dead on October 1 but clammed up thereafter. The Commission has since repeatedly complained that authorities declined its requests for information on deaths, injuries and arrests.

The Commission, which is government-funded but operates independently, became the only source for death tolls until it too faced pressure last year to stop reporting.

It has resumed its public reporting and on Friday shared its latest statistics with AFP, showing that 543 people have been killed since October, including 276 in Baghdad alone.

543 people have been killed since October, including 276 in Baghdad alone.

Seventeen members of the security forces are among the dead nationwide, according to the updated list. The remaining are all protesters or activists, including 22 who were assassinated. 

Up to 30,000 more have been wounded during the rallies, according to medical sources.

Iraq’s security forces have used live ammunition, tear gas, smoke bombs and even machine gun fire to try to disperse rallies in the capital and Shiite-majority south.

The Commission found that many of the wounded or killed were shot by live rounds, but Iraq’s government has repeatedly denied its security forces are shooting at the protesters. 

The Commission found that many of the wounded or killed were shot by live rounds.

Others have died when military-grade tear gas canisters have pierced their skulls or chests, after security forces improperly fired such equipment.

The Commission did not lay blame on any particular side but protesters themselves have singled out armed factions and the military wings of political parties, alongside the security forces.

The United Nations, for its part, has accused unnamed “militias” for a vast campaign of assassinations, kidnappings and threats. 

The Commission has documented more than 2,700 arrests, with 328 people still detained. Another 72 Iraqis are categorised as disappeared.

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After the repeated attacks on the protestors, IHCHR addressed an urgent request to the security forces

On Thursday (February 6, 2020), a member of Iraqi high Commission for human rights, Ali Al-Bayati, called for the urgent necessity of the security forces’ availability in the demonstration yards to protect the protestors.

Al-Bayati said in an interview with him, “The protection of the demonstration squares is the responsibility of the security forces, and it is necessary to be present in the demonstration yards urgently to protect the protestors from the repeated assaults.”

He pointed out that “violence or aggression against any peaceful protester is considered a security and legal breach and the security authorities responsible for the breach must be held accountable, whether they have committed intentionally or by mistake”, stressing that he “previously demanded that, there should be investigations to uncover the facts and trials to hold all, including the negligent accountable.

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“Ali al-Bayati: Failure of accountability will open the door for international bodies and UN committees to intervene”

According to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), there are currently 64 missing activists who have been kidnapped by unknown groups since anti-government demonstrations began on October 1.

Dr Ali al-Bayati, who works with IHCHR, said that the Iraqi government has a responsibility to “expose the perpetrators and those responsible for the kidnappings in the security forces’ area of control”.

“Iraq is part of the agreement to protect people from enforced disappearance since 2009, so it has to adhere to the terms of the agreement and conduct professional and judicial investigations on the issue and hold the perpetrators accountable,” he said.

“Otherwise, failurec to act will open the door for international bodies and UN committees to intervene.”

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A member of the Iraqi High Commission For Human Rights (IHCHR) has said that 536 people have been killed during the anti-government protest movement, including seventeen members of the security forces.

Ali al-Bayati tweeted out the latest figures compiled by the rights monitor on Monday (February 3).

Iraqis have been taking to the streets of Baghdad and the southern provinces since October 1 to demand fundamental change to governance in Iraq, arguing that the current political establishment is irredeemably corrupt and should be swept away in early elections. They say that any new leaders must be committed to combating corruption, creating job opportunities, and improving public services.

In the face of these demands, the security forces and third-party armed groups have responded with live ammunition, sniper fire, abductions, and targeted killings. A particularly gruesome tactic has been the practice of firing military-grade tear gas canisters at the heads and torsos of protesters, resulting in what rights groups have called “horrific” injuries where the missiles penetrate the skull cavity.

Bayati said that an additional 23,545 people have been injured during the protests, including 3,519 members of the security forces.

A total of 2,713 people have been detained and 328 of those remain in custody. Seventy-two people have been abducted and 50 are still missing.

Twenty-two activists, journalists, and protesters have been assassinated, with an additional thirteen people wounded during attempts on their lives. Fourteen others escaped assassination attempts unscathed.

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Rescue appeal from Iraqi protestors …IHCHR to Raseef 22: “Security used all forms of repression”

The protestors of the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar sent an “appeal” message to United Nations and the international community in six languages to intervene and end the deteriorating situation in the country, hours before the upcoming demonstrations calling for the selection of a new prime minister.

Shortly after midnight on January 31, protesters in al-Haboubi Square, the main sit-in center in Nasiriyah, raised a slogan in six languages (English, French, Chinese, German, Italian, and Russian), urging the United Nations to “immediately intervene to save Iraqi people and stop the violent security behavior against the protesters.

Security used the ugliest forms of repression, a member of High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq Ali al-Bayati said to Raseef 22, saying: “The security used all forms of repression against the demonstrators,” adding that “: about 520 have been killed since the start of the protest, 15 of them are security elements .” So far, there are thousands of wounded. What is the most horrific? ”He added:“ IHCHR has monitored numerous violations during the demonstrations, the most prominent of which are murder and various injuries, including lethal, assassination and assassination attempts, threats and kidnappings, attacks on the media, and restrictions on the work of journalists. Note that violations are numerous and widespread throughout Iraq and that the Commission has not been able to monitor all violations because it operates according to a general monitoring mechanism in 10 governorates where the protesters took to the streets.

As for targeting prominent activists and leaders of demonstrations, Al-Bayati explained that the commission has so far monitored 49 assassinations or assassination attempts of prominent activists or media personnel (22 resulted in the death of the target, 13 different injuries and 14 failed attempts). According to Al-Bayati, the number of kidnappings among activists and media workers, documented by the Commission, reached 72 persons, 22 of whom were released, and the fate of the rest was unknown.

Al-Bayati confirmed that the Commission did not document any case of clear Sexual harassment with female activists or paramedics in the framework of the demonstrations, pointing out that he does not rule out that, especially they are in the hands of some security personnels who deal with the protestors as if they were an “enemy”, as he described it. He added: “The main problem is that all the activists who were kidnapped and released later refused to talk to us. We tried a lot to communicate with them and their families, but the total refusal was the answer every time.” He pointed out that “torture” in Iraqi prisons “is a constant thing before the demonstrations in the absence of supervision,” noting that “most of the protestors’ detainees with whom we made contact, clarified that they were subjected to torture during their detention … it is possible too that they were subjected to torture even later but they scare to disclose it for fear of oppression. However, Iraqi prisons are overcrowded and there is no more place for the protestors to be held for a long time, and the people often gather in front of the police offices and we intervene too as a commission to accelerate the release of these people. ” Since the beginning of the protests, 2,714 protestors have been arrested , 328 of whom still in detention on charges of assaulting the security personnel or sabotaging public or private property. Member of the Commission for Human Rights in Iraq, Ali al-Bayati, to Raseef 22:

” Why does the repression continue?”

Al-Bayati believes that the continuous security crackdown despite widespread international condemnation is due to “is a political decision to stay and benefit from the enormous gains that are being achieved.” While it is believed that the continuing protests in light of this repression are caused by the demonstrators being part of the most toiling class who despaired from obtaining work, basic services or a better future. He continued: “The demonstrations started as a youth movement demanding no more than job opportunities. The youth were met with scorching water, rubber bullets and teargas used to disperse them , so their anger intensified, and as Iraqi society is a tribal in nature, so it is too hard for any hurts against them to be forgotten .”

He added: “There are factors that encouraged the continuation of the demonstrations, including the support of the Shiite authority ( Sistani) for the right to demonstrate and demand for reforms, support from United Nations, press and social media roles to disclose all violences immediately as well as human rights commission independent role.”

At January 31, large numbers of demonstrators moved to join the protesters in the main squares in “Tahrir and Al-Khilani in Baghdad, and the governorates of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Muthanna, Diwaniyah, Karbala, Najaf, Babel and Wasit,” according to local sources. They insist on reformist demands, the most important of which is the formation of a transitional government that will pave the way for early elections independently of any party interference.

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