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Iraq urged to halt executions after 196 death sentences upheld

Headline Title:  Iraq urged to halt executions after 196 death sentences upheld 24 July 2012 Nearly 200 executions have been given the go-ahead in the Iraqi governorate of Anbar, in what Amnesty International called an alarming move. The organization urged Iraqi authorities to commute all pending death sentences and impose a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. On Monday, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior’s website stated that the chief of police in the western Anbar governorate had announced a Court of Cassation decision to uphold 196 death sentences…

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