Iraq Executes 21 Men in One Day
Iraq’s Ministry of Justice reported Tuesday that the country hanged 21 men after they were convicted of terrorism, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation.
The death penalty was suspended after the 2003 invasion but was quickly restored by the first Iraqi government by 2005. Since then, at least 447 prisoners have been executed, including Saddam Hussein, and his associates.
According to Amnesty International, Iraq is now one of the world’s leading executioners with hundreds of prisoners waiting on death row and continuous hangings.
Iraq’s executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as well as from Britain, the European Union and rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Amnesty International’s UK director Kate Allen told The Independent on Sunday:
“The global trend on the death penalty is toward abolition or at least a decrease in its use, but Iraq is bucking that trend in a disturbing way. The staggering scale of executions we’re seeing in Iraq has taken us back to the bad old days of large-scale executions under Saddam [Hussein].”
Iraq is experiencing an exceptionally bloody week, starting on Monday a chain of attacks in several provinces of the country and its capital, which cost the life to 55 people and wounded to 200, according to a list of official sources.
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