11 Iraqi nationals hung for "terrorist offenses"
Iraq on Thursday hanged 11 people convicted of "terrorist offences", the justice ministry said, perpetuating what a senior U.N. official called a "conveyor-belt of executions".
All those executed were Iraqi nationals, justice ministry spokesman Haider al-Saadi said in a text message to Reuters.
Thursday's executions bring the number of people executed in less than one week to 37, according to a Reuters tally.
Over the past year, violence in Iraq has reached its highest levels since the intense sectarian bloodshed between the Sunnis and Shiites in 2006-2007, when thousands were killed.
According to the annual world report conducted by Human Rights Watch, Iraq hanged at least 151 people in 2013, up from 129 in 2012 and 68 in 2011, Reuters said.
The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has publicly condemned Iraq's mass executions.
"This continued conveyor-belt of executions by the government of Iraq is simply deplorable," her spokesman, Rupert Colville, said on Sunday, after 26 people were hanged, according to Reuters.
"Iraq's justice system still has huge deficiencies which mean that resorting to even a small number of executions is risking a grave and irredeemable miscarriage of justice," Colville added, Reuters reported. "When people are executed by the dozen, it means that such miscarriages of justice are virtually certain to be occurring."