Survey finds 41% of women journalists have been victims of some form of harassment.
Around 20 journalists have been arrested since the start of 2023.
In a joint statement, rights groups denounce Iraqi crackdown on ‘indecent content’ online as a threat to free speech.
A new report examines how several authorities in the region have integrated technology into their policing of LGBTQI+ people.
Critics warn government platform for reporting social media content violating public morals could infringe on freedom of expression.
Government promises to hold perpetrators responsible for the vicious violence against peaceful protesters remain unfulfilled.
Reintroduced legislation would give authorities the right to monitor and prosecute citizens for their social media posts and suppress free expression, reports Social Media Exchange (SMEX).
GCHR calls on authorities to stop the serious violations targeting the peaceful and legitimate work of civil society organizations in the province.
New report examines the increasingly hostile environment for human rights defenders and activists following Iraq’s October 2019 demonstrations.
A new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) documents how in the absence of effective legal mechanisms holding perpetrators accountable, Iraqi civil society activists continue to face torture in detention.
Since the start of anti-government protests in October 2019, dozens of Iraqi activists, journalists, and civil society members have been killed or forcibly disappeared, while their perpetrators roam free. To mark this year’s International Human Rights Day, rights groups call for an end to impunity, and the release of those arbitrarily held for their free speech or peaceful assembly.
According to Human Rights Watch, a cybercrimes bill being considered by Iraqi parliament could be used to stifle free expression, giving authorities yet another tool to suppress dissent in an already shrinking civic space.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on Iraqi authorities to stop targeting peaceful demonstrators, especially women and children who have been playing a prominent role in anti-government protests.
GCHR says peaceful protesters, civil society activists and human rights defenders in Iraq are increasingly being kidnapped, tortured and assassinated for their participation in ongoing anti-government protests.