Human Rights Watch releases a report looking at the former Iraqi PM Mustafa Al Kadhimi’s failure to deliver on promises of legal accountability for state security personnel and state-backed armed groups responsible for the killing, maiming, and disappearing hundreds of demonstrators and activists since 2019.
The report says that almost 500 demonstrators were killed by Iraqi security forces and state-backed armed groups during the few weeks of anti-govt protests, according to the UN.
Human Rights Watch claims that violence against protesters persisted even after protests ended and there was a targeted assassination campaign against prominent activists, most of whom were perceived as influential voices in the protest movement.
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