Amnesty Calls on Iraq To Halt Executions; 12 Killed in Attacks
Friday: 12 Iraqis Killed, 17 Wounded
Following yesterday’s announcement of a Saddam aide’s execution, Amnesty International again called on the Iraqi government to end capital punishment. They criticized the surge in executions and warned of more to come. Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch similarly complained that Iraqi officials apparently have a "green light to execute at will."
At least 70 people have been officially executed this year according to the Justice Ministry. That’s more than in all of 2011. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch would like to see all current death sentences commuted immediately.
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded in the latest violence:
Three policemen were killed and three more were wounded in a roadside blast in Garma.
A device found in Dujail exploded, killing a policeman and wounding an explosives expert.
A soldier was killed in a Kirkuk drive-by shooting.
A policeman was shot dead in Falluja.
Gunmen wounded two policemen at a checkpoint near Ramadi.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Monday Mayhem: 133 Killed, 283 Wounded in Iraq – May 20th, 2013
- Iraqi Police Targeted As Attacks Claim 44 Lives – May 19th, 2013
- Forty Killed Across Iraq; 13 Kidnapped in Anbar Province – May 18th, 2013
- Retaliation Against Sunnis Leave 90 Dead, 201 Wounded Across Iraq – May 17th, 2013
- Bombings Continue in Baghdad, Kirkuk; 40 Killed – May 16th, 2013