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Iraq: Detentions of Alleged “Death Squad”

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Ali Naseer Alawy, after armed masked men beat him and used an acid mixture to try to remove a tattoo on his arm. © 2021 Private (Beirut) – On February 15, Iraqi authorities detained at least four men, with alleged ties to a unit within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or Hashad, formally under the control of the prime minister) who are alleged to have killed at least four protesters in the southern city of Basra in January 2020. One of the detained men holds a senior police position. These arrests represent an important step in government efforts to fulfill its…


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