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Despite Prime Minister’s Promises, Disappearances Continue in Iraq

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Since I started covering Iraq for Human Rights Watch in 2016, enforced disappearances have been one of my main areas of research because, sadly, they are common. So I was heartened when Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, shortly after taking office in May, made public commitments to investigate and punish enforced disappearances. Those commitments included a new mechanism to locate victims of enforced disappearances.  But seven months later, his government has precious little to show for these promises, and disappearances have continued.  Take the case of Arshad Heibat Fakhry. According to his…


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