Iraq has executed 100 since January, 8,000 on death row: official
[Rudaw] More than 100 individuals have been executed in Iraq since January, with a staggering 8,000 more on death row, according to Iraq's UN-approved human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...

The execution figures came from Iraqi Ministry of Justice data that was reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, according to one commission member.

"According to the data of the Iraqi Justice Ministry that have been reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, over 100 people have been executed in Iraq," Hemin Bajalan told Rudaw English on Sunday. "There are 8,022 prisoners in Iraq convicted with execution."

Iraq has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, and is ranked in the top four along with Iran, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and China, according to Human Rights Watch's 2019 report, which documented the year prior.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government has not made public the number of executions it carried out this year, according to the watchdog.

"Iraqi authorities handed down hundreds of death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s to those convicted under counterterrorism legislation and carried out executions without publicizing any official numbers or sharing this information with international actors," Human Rights Watch report read.

The trials were also rushed and were sometimes based on a single confession or missing victims' testimonies, according to the report.

The 100 plus figure marks a big increase in Iraqi executions. In 2018, more than 52 recorded executions took place in Iraq, according to a report from Amnesia Amnesty International.

The more than 8,000 people with death sentences is also a striking increase from 2018. At the end of that year, Amnesty reported that there were more than 285 people with death sentence.

There are 26 prisons throughout Iraq that contain at least 37,113 prisoners. Of those, 18,306 are imprisoned on terrorism charges, according to an August report by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.

Two officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice Rudaw spoke to declined to discuss the execution figures.

In the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani authorities confirmed in May that they executed an ISIS bad boy from Baghdad after he was detained in Kirkuk in May.

At present, there is not enough room in the Iraqi penal system to accommodate all those locked up, according to Bajalan.

"Due to the bad conditions prisons in Iraq are facing, the prisoners are finding it difficult to fit into one prison," he said. "For that reason, Iraq should deliver more facilities to the prisons."

Other observers have noted poor conditions in Iraqi prisons as well. According to a July report also by Human Rights Watch, prisons in the Nineveh province feature overcrowding and "degrading conditions." Some of the prisons in Nineveh are supposed to house a maximum capacity of 2,500 people, but are holding around 4,500 prisoners and detainees. Women and children are among those in the prisons, according to the organization.

Nineveh police have denied inhumane conditions in the prisons and rejected the Human Rights Watch report, calling it "not true."

Iraqi politicians visited the prisons in July, and described the overcrowding and conditions there as "tragic" and "catastrophic."
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-08-20