50 Prisoners in Iraq to Face Potential Execution after Unfair Trials

United Nations human rights experts expressed their concerns over the potential execution of some 50 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related crimes in Iraq due to unfair trials.

United Nations human rights experts expressed their concerns over the potential execution of some 50 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related crimes in Iraq due to unfair trials.

Authorities from the international organization have been persuading the Iraqi government to stop the nearing mass executions on Monday, stating their concerns about the procedures of the prisoners’ trials.

Experts are also unsettled about the possible use of torture to acquire confessions from the inmates.

UN has been receiving reports that Iraqi officials had already executed 42 prisoners from October until Nov. 16. The independent experts said that the series of executions seemed “to be part of a larger plan to execute all prisoners on death row.”

“We strongly urge the Iraqi Government to respect its international legal obligations and to immediately halt further plans to execute prisoners,” the experts said in a joint statement.

Reports claimed that a total of 4,000 prisoners – mostly convicted with terrorism charges – are believed to be on death row in the conflicted Middle East nation.

Experts believe that the deaths of hundreds of prisoners are looming after their execution orders had been signed-off.

“Trials under the Anti-Terrorism Law have been marked with alarming irregularities,” they said. “Defendants have frequently been denied the most basic right to an adequate defense and their allegations of torture and ill-treatment during interrogations have not been investigated.”

People charged with terrorism offenses under the Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Law could face death sentences for non-violent crimes that have been “committed without intent to terrorize the population.”

Experts claimed that the implementation of death sentence after an unjust trial is tantamount to “an arbitrary deprivation of life.”

“When carried out on a widespread and systematic basis, arbitrary executions may well amount to crimes against humanity and may entail universal criminal responsibility for any official involved in such acts,” they added.


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