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Over 26 journalists and activists held in Duhok and Badinan prisons

  2021-02-06  | 
 Zhyan News Network
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 Zhyan News Network
More than 26 journalists, activists and political opposition figures are in the Kurdistan Democratic Party-held prisons in Duhok and Badinan, without charge or trial for periods ranging from several weeks to a year.

More than 26 journalists, activists and political opposition figures are in the Kurdistan Democratic Party-held prisons in Duhok and Badinan, without charge or trial for periods ranging from several weeks to a year.

In the latest crackdown against free speech, a force of masked men on January 27 broke into the house of activist and journalist Qaraman Shukri and arrested him for the third time in Duhok's Shiladze area.

Shukri's brother Zeravan Shukri accused the security forces of “embarrassing his mother and inflicting considerable damage” to Shukri’s house and workplace.

During a meeting with Mustafa al-Kadhimi Iraqi Prime Minister, 15 Kurdish members of Iraqi parliament, expressed concerns that the detainees’ lives in Badinan and Duhok prisons are in “danger.”

Members of the Kurdistan Hope Alliance called on Kadhimi to play a role and release the prisoners “detained for upholding free speech, whose lives and safety are in danger.”

Some other Kurdish MPs from Iraqi parliament have also turned to Baghdad in an attempt to free Duhok and Badinan prisoners. On February 1, Kurdish lawmaker Ghalib Mohammed said he presented detailed information about the detainees to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Committee at the Iraqi parliament.

In its year-end report, the Metro Center documented nearly 400 violations were committed against journalists and media outlets in the Kurdistan Region in 2020

The violations included 74 arrests without a warrant, 163 detentions, the shuttering of four offices of broadcasters, and 42 cases of confiscation of journalists’ equipment.

(Zhyan English)