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Published on Jun 8, 2016
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)
Side event: “New World Disorder-The Human Rights Situation in Iraq” co-organized by International-Lawyers.org, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD), Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN), International Educational Development, Inc, Arab Lawyers Association- UK, BRussells Tribunal, Iraqi Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), Association of Human Rights Defenders in Iraq (AHRD), Organization for Justice & Democracy in Iraq (OJDI), Iraqi Centre for Human Rights, and Moubadroon for Human Rights.
The event was held on 10 March 2016 during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, and was chaired by Mr. Jan Lönn. The aim of the event was to address two particular phenomena that highly affect the population of Iraq and that constitute a grave breach of human rights and States obligations: mass displacement and torture.
Although such issues have largely been debated and documented in the past by many human rights organizations, nonetheless, with this side event the organizers wanted to highlight the immense importance of continuing to tackle these violations since they are still ongoing at present, and to do so by providing the perspectives and opinions, as well as, the knowledge and personal experiences of insiders as the panel’s two prominent speakers: Mr. Ali Shallal Al-Qaisi, a survivor of the inhuman torture practices within the Abu Ghraib prison and Mr. Mustafa Kamel, a respected journalist as well as the editor in chief of wijhatnadhar online platform.
Starting with Mr. Kamel’s analysis of the phenomenon of mass displacement and its implications as far as the demographic changes in Iraq are concerned, following with Mr. Al-Qaisi’s tragic torture experience at Abu Ghraib prison at the time of the 2003 infamous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Their interventions provide not only the unique points of view of insiders’ firsthand experiences as they describe some of the facts on the ground, but also present an even more disturbing picture of the human rights situation in Iraq, where internally displaced people (IDPs) are ever so neglected and where the number of detainees subjected to torture and other inhuman treatments by the U.S. has unthinkably exceeded most documented and reported figures.