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FHRO warns to file complaint in int'l court against Duhok's case

  2021-05-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The International Organization of Freedom and Human Rights in Kurdistan Region – Iraq on Tuesday (May 11) warned that it will file a complaint and appeal to the international court, if five Duhok journalists and activists will not be released.

“In the events of the government not releasing the journalists and civil activists, Freedom and Human Rights Organization will issue a complaint in the international court to put pressure on the judicial authority in the Kurdistan Region-Iraq,” it said in a statement.

The organization accused Erbil courts of “mistreating” and “forcing” the defendants to sign, and subjecting them to “unjust” trial.

The detaining place of journalists and activists was “unsuitable,” they mentioned being tortured for confession, it added.

Accusing representatives of the international community of being involved in local conflicts will end up in losing their support for the Kurdistan Region, the organization said.

“The representatives of the international community's supporting countries cannot be included in local conflicts or be involved in some cases that will only reduce their support for the Kurdistan Region.”

Germany and France have lambasted the court ruling and the charge related to diplomatic visits. Despite declining to comment on the court matter, the US has reiterated its support to the freedom of the press and media work.

On April 6, 2021, the Kurdistan Region Court of Cassation approved a six-year imprisonment sentence handed down to the three journalists and two activists Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Isaa, Ayaz Karam and Shvan Saeed on February 16 by an Erbil criminal court over charges amounting to undermining the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region.

All those detained have denies the charges and said their confessions were taken under duress or tampered.

(Zhyan English)