Al Bayati: Iraqi media commission can issue a decision to deal with the TV network, even to close it, but should not use a “repressive act”

The act is a violation of national and international principles of human rights, Ali Al Bayati, a member of Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights, commented on raiding Iraqi force of Al Dijla TV, for The National.

Mr Al Bayati said the media commission can issue a decision to deal with the TV network, even to close it, but should not use a “repressive act”.

“Unfortunately it is not the first time that some TV channels and media agents were exposed to such acts without accountability and freedom of media rights,” Mr Al Bayati said.

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“Member of IHCHR, Ali al-Bayati: Thief of people’s food just like a killer”

Member of the High Commission for Human Rights, Ali al-Bayati, commented today on the disclosure issued by supreme council for combating corruption regarding the value of the stolen money smuggled from Iraq , stressing that “the thief of the people’s food is just like a killer.”

Al-Bayati said in a tweet through his account on “Twitter“, that “Supreme Council for Combating Corruption says that the value of the funds stolen from Iraq is equivalent to the investment budgets approved since 2003.”

A member of the Commission added, “The thief of the people’s livelihood just like a killer, as he leads to a shortage of medicines, starvation of children, poor people and orphans, and the perversion of young people, so as a result even committing crimes, all of which will lead to killing and perishing.”

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“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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“Ali al-Bayati, member of IHCHR: The increasing death toll meant Iraq was at risk of “international intervention” if the government did nothing to stop it”

Ali al-Bayati, a member of the semi-governmental Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), said in a statement on Tuesday that the increasing death toll meant Iraq was at risk of “international intervention” if the government did nothing to stop it.

“The international community is about to internationalise the crackdown on Iraqi protests…after the statement of the 16 countries, and the steps moving towards achieving this goal as an international action,” he said, referring to a letter signed by 16 countries on Monday condemning attacks on protesters.

“There is no real national accountability or practical steps to investigate the case of using excessive violence against the demonstrators, whether it is from the government (as was proven in the investigative committee formed after the demonstrations of early October last year) or from other parties.”

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“Ali Al-Bayati: crackdown of the protest in Iraq Is about to be internationalized“

A member of Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, Ali Al-Bayati, saw on Tuesday (January 28, 2020) that the excessive violence used to crack down the protest in Iraq Is about to be internationalized after the statement of the 16 countries issued yesterday.

Al-Bayati said, “The international community is about to internationalize the crack down of Iraqi protest a months-long started, after the statement of the 16 countries, and the steps is moving towards achieving this goal as an international action.”

He pointed out that “there is no real national accountability or practical steps to investigate the case of using excessive violence against the demonstrators, whether it is from the government (as was proven in the investigative committee formed after the demonstrations of early October last year) or from other parties.”

He added, “In front of the government’s silence and its inability to take any step to protect citizens, whether they are demonstrators or ordinary, it will open the way for international intervention in this file, and it can also be politicized.”

He pointed out that “the human rights is an international mechanism, and Iraq has pledges before the international community to preserve the rights and freedoms of the Iraqi citizen, in addition to the fact that these rights are guaranteed in the Iraqi constitution as well.”

An appeal to the international community

My appeal to the international community: open your eyes and listen carefully to what is going on in Iraq, it is the democratic system that you have established in Iraq, it is under the name and umbrella of this system, Iraqi people been killed daily.

Since first of October Iraqi people are being slaughtered for nothing except because they demands their rights about which were deceived in the constitution on which they have voted with joy about a new future, But here is he , today been killed with cold blood, and no one is listening to the cry of his mother, sister, or daughter, or his old father’s groaning, who spent his life defending this homeland in absurd wars.

“Ali Albayati: The ultimatum has been faced with excessive violence against the protestors”

Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, lamented in a tweet that the authorities had continued to use excessive force against demonstrators.

“The ultimatum of the protestors has been faced by the government instead of achieving their demands, with the same policy of excessive violence against the protestors,” Bayati said.

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