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Iraq's Abadi announces new measures to counter enforced disappearance

Haider al-Abadi Meeting with the National Intelligence Cell

In a meeting with the National Intelligence Cell on Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed several issues including enforced disappearances phenomenon and intelligence efforts to counter terrorism.

A statement by the Prime Minister's office said that the two sides discussed efforts to combat terrorist attacks against civilians, enforced disappearances, organized crime and means to eradicate such activities.

The meeting concluded with orders to increase intelligence efforts and form a road map to deal with these issues.

Since the Iraqi army launched an offensive to oust ISIS from Iraqi occupied territories, thousands of bodies were deposited at morgues, less than half of whom have been identified, according to the Red Cross.

Medical sources said morgues have received a monthly average of 800 bodies and is unable to identify a significant proportion of them.

Hadar governor Ali al-Ahmady believes that gunmen belonging to the Iran-backed IMIS Shiite militia kidnapped the civilians for political and sectarian ends.

The sectarian militia has a long history of looting, torturing and killing Sunnis in the newly-liberated areas.

In February 2017, Human Rights Watch accused IMIS of arresting civilians fleeing battles against ISIS in Mosul in secret detention camps under the pretext of investigating them.

The report explicitly stated that IMIS had been the cause of enforced disappearance of thousands of Iraqis, including boys.

International human rights organizations operating in Iraq have called for authorities to publicly show the findings of investigations into enforced disappearances.

Despite being accused locally and internationally of war crimes, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hasn't been able to take any decisive actions against the Iranian backed sectarian IMIS Shia militias.

In late 2016, Abadi attempted to merge 90,000 out of 130,000 militants of IMIS militias in the Iraqi army, but he was forced to step down as the militias insisted on including all of the militants in the army with a much larger budget.

Last Modified: Friday، 12 May 2017 10:36 AM
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