Document - Iraq: Amnesty International condemns latest wave of attacks in Baghdad

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AI Index: MDE 14/004/2013�15 March 2013

Iraq: Amnesty International condemns latest wave of attacks in Baghdad

Amnesty International today condemned the wave of attacks that killed and injured scores of people, including civilians, on 14 March in Baghdad and called on the Iraqi authorities to investigate such attacks and bring those responsible to justice in fair proceedings.

A series of coordinated bombings and other attacks in several locations in Baghdad killed at least 18 people and injured at least 30 others, according to media reports quoting a Ministry of Interior official. The attacks targeted government buildings, including the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and other locations in Allawi neighbourhood. Other explosions took place near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

Amnesty International condemns such attacks, which show utter contempt for the fundamental principles of humanity.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In a report issued last Monday, Amnesty International exposed a decade of abuses in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. The organization publicly expressed its concerns about the current human rights situation in Iraq including attacks on civilians, torture of detainees and unfair trials.

Amnesty International urges the Iraqi authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into Thursday’s attacks. Those suspected of being behind the attacks must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international standards of fairness, and without the imposition of the death penalty.

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