Iraq executes 11 suspected "terrorists"

Published November 26th, 2013 - 10:41 GMT
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has publicly criticised Iraq's execution record. (AFP/File)
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has publicly criticised Iraq's execution record. (AFP/File)

The Iraqi government has carried out the execution of 11 people convicted of crimes related to "terrorist attacks", a justice ministry source told Agence France Presse on Tuesday. 

"Eleven terrorists, all Iraqi men, were executed on Sunday, November 24. They were executed after being convicted by the courts of carrying out terrorist attacks," the official said on condition of anonymity, according to AFP.

These 11 most recent executions bring the total number of those executed by the Iraqi state so far this year to 162, according to an AFP tally that has been compiled using reports from the Iraqi justice ministry and officials. 

2013's toll is an increase from 2012, when 129 people were executed, despite growing international calls for a moratorium on the practice, AFP reported.

Some international diplomats have voiced concern that in the lead up to Iraq's elections in April, the number of executions carried out may increase as candidates and officials strive to demonstrate that they are committed to security.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay slammed Iraq's practices earlier this year, stating that Iraq's criminal justice system was "not functioning adequately."

The growing number of executions has also garnered Iraq criticism from the EU and other human rights groups.


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