Iraq: Human rights defender Mr Hayder Hamzoz in hiding following physical assault and threats against him

Posted on 2011/07/26

Human rights defender Mr Hayder Hamzoz has gone into hiding following an assault against him in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, on 22 July 2011, which was allegedly perpetrated by both individuals in civilian clothing linked to the Iraqi security forces and Iraqi army officers.

Further Information

Hayder Hamzoz is a prominent blogger and documentalist who runs a popular blog entitled Iraqi Streets 4 Change. He also organises the coverage of peaceful Iraqi protests over the internet and has set up a short messaging service which does not require subscription. Hayder Hamzoz was the subject of a recent Front Line news item dated 28 April 2011 available Here

On 22 July 2011, Hayder Hamzoz was set upon by eight individuals in civilian clothing while he was observing and documenting a demonstration in Tahrir Square. The unidentified individuals demanded that Hayder Hamzoz hand over his phone and camera which he had been using to record the demonstration, however when he refused to do so they began to physically assault him. Hayder Hamzoz then fled the scene and requested assistance and protection from Iraqi security officers positioned outside Tahrir Square. It is reported that the security officers then began beating Hayder Hamzoz and demanded that he hand his camera over to the aforementioned group of individuals in civilian clothing. During the demonstration, Iraqi security officers reportedly fired live rounds of ammunition into the air in order to disperse the protesters.

Some twenty minutes after Hayder Hamzoz had fled the scene, peaceful demonstrators were reportedly violently attacked by a group of individuals in civilian clothing. The attackers allegedly used electric batons. Although there were members of the Iraqi security forces present, they failed to intervene.

Since the beginning of July 2011, Hayder Hamzoz has received a number of anonymous emails and private messages on Facebook stating that he is known to the sender and will be attacked if he continues to publish information on the internet about the demonstrations held in Tahrir Square. As a result, Hayder Hamzoz disactivated his email account and Facebook page. Hayder Hamzoz is currently in hiding while he receives medical treatment for injuries sustained during the assault of 22 July.

Front Line is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity and security of human rights defender Hayder Hamzoz, particularly considering reports that he has received numerous threats over recent weeks, and was assaulted by both the Iraqi security forces and individuals in civilian clothing. Front Line believes that Hayder Hamzoz has been targeted specifically because of his legitimate work in the defence of human rights, in particular his work documenting and publicising the demonstrations held in in Tahrir Square.

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اعتداء على مصور صحفي في ساحة التحرير\Attack Against Iraqi Photographer in Baghdad

اعتداء على مصور صحفي في ساحة التحرير\Attack Against Iraqi Photographer in Baghdad

قامت مجموعة تابعة لجهاز الأستخبارات العسكرية بإعتقال المصور الصحفي سعد الله الخالدي إثر قيامه بتغطية مظاهرة يوم الجمعه المصادف 22 تموز 2011 حينما قام 15 شخصا يرتدون الملابس المدنية بأعتقاله من ساحة التحرير و نقله الى مبنى الشعبة الخامسة في الكاظمية و مصادرة الصور و الأفلام التي وثق من خلالها المظاهرة و من ثم إطلاق سراحه و تركه قرب المقبرة الملكية في الأعظمية حيث سبق إطلاق سراحه تعرضه للضرب من قبل من كان يرافقه في السيارة و هو معصوب العينين

a number of army inteligence forces arrested the photo journalist Saad Alla Al-Khalidy during his covering in Al-Tahrir square on Fraiday 22nd of July 2011 when about 15 men in civil clothing arrested him and took him to the Khadumia prison known as “Shubaa Al-Khamisa” or justice camp and took the vedios and photos which he recorded and release him at the evening in Adhamyia district after beating him by the ones who gathered him in the car

إعتداء مستمر للمدونين العاملين في العراق

الاعتداء على الناشط المدني حيدر حمزوز

22 Friday Jul 2011

في  ظاهرة متكررة على الاعتداء على الناشطين والمدنيون والصحفيون والاعلامين والحريات الصحفية في العراق
التي لايكفلها قانون الحريات الصحفية الصادر من قبل نقابة الصحفين في العراق نقابة الصحفين المدعومة من قبل الحكومة العراقية والتي تستمر
باالسكوت على الاعتدائات على الصحفين في العراق وكذلك وطننا العزيز يحتوي على مركز لحماية الصحفين  ومركز حماية الحريات الصحفية
والكثير من المراكز التي تدعوا الى الحريات الاعلامية والصحفية ومراكز لحماية الناشطون المدنيون الحمد لله كثيرة المسميات ولا توجد مؤسسة
تعمل بشكل جدي وتعمل على حماية ماذكر الكل في حالة عمل مستمر من اجل ابقاء الاصوات الحرة تحت الكواتم وتحت الصمت الدائم الكل
يعمل من اجل اسكات الصحافة وصحافة المواطن الحرة
للمرة الثانية يتعرض الناشط المدني حيدر حمزوز للضرب في وسط ساحة التحرير في منطقة الباب الشرقي في بغداد
لمن لا يعرف ساحة التحرير هي ساحة وسط العاصمة بغداد يتجمع بها المواطنون المطالبون بلحريات وحقوقهم كل يوم جمعة ومن اليوم الاول من
شباط الماضي وعلى الاستمرار ويتجمع اهل المعتقلون  العزل واصحاب المصير المجهول والمطالبون بلحقوق والحريات المدنية والمطالبون بالخدمات واقالة المفسدين والكل يتجمع في وسط ساحة التحرير في بغداد من اجل المطالبة بلحقوق
المشروعة والمطلوب هنا نحن ومنذ نزول المتظاهرين الى ساحة التحرير والى اليوم الكل يطالب باصلاح النظام  واظهار المفسدين في الدولة
ومحاسبتهم وهذه هي مطالبهم وكذلك ابسط الحقوق هي البطاقة التي توفر المواد الغذائية والكهرباء والوقود والغاز والخدمات
هذه هي  مطالب  المتظاهرون في العراق منذ انطلاق التظاهرات في العراق الى اليوم
حيدر حمزوز منذ انطلاق التظاهرات والى اليوم يساهم كمواطن واعلامي شاب وناشط مدني بتغطية التظاهرات وكذلك يساهم في نشر المواضيع
التي تدعوا الى الاصلاح والتي تدعوا المطالبة بالحقوق الشرعية للمواطن العراقي تعرض من قبل الى انتهاك واليوم يتعرض الى انتهاك جديد
الانتهاك الذي تعرض له حمزوز في يوم 22-4-2011 من قبل مجموعة من المدنين ادى الى سرقة هاتفه المتطور الذي كان يستخدمه حمزوز
لنقل التظاهرات السلمية وسط ساحة التحرير في بغداد والحاصل تحت انظار القوات الامنية العراقية من فرقة 11 الخاصة التي تنزل الى ساحة
التحرير في بغداد كل يوم جمعة لقمع المتظاهرون العزل السلميون المطالبون بحقوقهم وتحت انظار هذه القوات ومساعدة المدنين الذين يحاولون
سرقة هذا الهاتف المحمول وتاتي التصريحات على لسان قائد عمليات بغداد في ليلة الحادث والاعتداء على حمزوز الاعتداء الاول على انها
مشاجرة شبابية من اجل اخذ هاتف نقال والقوات تدخلت وارجعت كل ذي حقأ حقه واليوم نحن امام الحادث الثاني والذي تعرض له اليوم الصديق
والزميل المدون والناشط المدني حيدر حمزوز في 22-7-2011 في وسط ساحة التحرير في بغداد اليوم بعد ان تم تهديد حمزوز وهذا ماجاء
على لسان حمزوز بايقاف عمله وتهديده على العمل والاستمرار على الفيس بوك ومن بعدها اليوم  قامت قوات وبلطجية والمندسين
وسط المتظاهرين العزل في ساحة التحرير ودس فتنتة البعث والنظام المقبور ولعن النظام المقبور وعد السماح للمتظاهرين بحرق علم امريكا
وعلم ايران من ماسبب الى نزول القوات الامنية بشكل هجومي على المتظاهرين وأطلاق العيارات النارية بشكل عشوائي على المتظاهرين في
ساحة التحرير الذي كان الزميل حيدر حمزوز احد افراد التظاهرة اليوم بعد تصوير حمزوز لعملية اطلاق النار بشكل عشوائي
هاجمته القوات الامينة والقوات التي كانت متواجدة في ساحة التحرير في بغداد وانهال مجموعة من الجنود بالضرب والركل وكذلك سرقة الهاتف
المحول الخاص به وسرقة الكامرة الشخصية الخاصة به وتسليمها الى القوات المندسة التي ترتدي الملابس المدنية الموجودة في ساحة التحرير
ايضاً كل شي فداء لدموعك ولصحتك حمزوز ابتسم صديقي ولبد لليل ان ينجلي ولبد للقيد ان ينكسر وسوف ينكسر مهما طال الزمن
ولناخذ ويااخذون المتسلطون والمتمسكون بالسلطة والمناصب اليوم مثال  وهو صدام الذي حكم 35 سنة وبعدها انتهى حكمه الظالم الذي اوصل
العراق الى هذا الحال
ابتسم صديقي تعودت ان اراك مبتسم دمت للعراق انت وابطال التحرير

another Attack aginst the Iraqi Activist Hayder Hamzoz

Attack aginst the Iraqi Activist Hayder Hamzoz

23 Saturday Jul 2011

 

Translation BY :- Wameeth Al-kassab

In a repeating case of attacks on civil activists ,journalists , reporters ,and press freedom in Iraq ,another attack took place today , freedom of speech is not protected by the press freedom law that had been issued by the Iraqi journalists league that received governmental support ,they along with several organizations in Iraq including the media protection center and the center to protect press freedom and anther many press and media protecting institute all who had no effective role in protecting the free voices in Iraq against the oppressive power of violence to silence the free voices of press and media
For the 2nd time the Iraqi civil activists hayder hamzoz was attack and beaten in tahrir square on the bab alsharqy distract in Baghdad, Iraq as he was covering civilian peaceful demonstrations each Friday
For those who donot know tahrir square it is a majore sequare and park in the center of Baghdad city where for the past few months Iraqi people gather there every Friday since last February to demonstrate for their legal rights for better life and services as electricity, water and fuel ,also many prisoners and détentes families came to ask for their relatives fats and rights ,they all call for reform of the governing system and clear the government from corruption
Hayder hamzoz is one of the activists who since the start of the demonstrations work to cover and post material to cover the activities of the demonstrators and the youth of the tahrir square ,he is a leading activists in calling for reform and stop corruption and activating human rights for the Iraqi people
On the 22 of April he was first attack by group of governmental thugs, they beat him and stole his touch mobile which he used to cover the gatherings and peaceful demonstrations, this happened in front of the Iraqi forces 11 platoon which is responsible to surrounded the demonstrators every Friday and oppress them with the help of a groups of civilians who beats and attack them, the spokesman for Baghdad army command operations described the attack as a normal fight among group of young people
The 2nd attack and the most recent took place on the 22 of July 2011 ,came after many threats send to hayder to close his facebook account and stop his blogs and work
Today demonstration suffered of infiltration of many thugs and governmental against in civilian cloths ,they stopped the protesters from burning the Iranian flag and started several anti-bath calls which lead to a conflict with the demonstrators , this lead to army forces to interfere and starts to shoot live ammunition randomly on the demonstrators ,hayder cover this shooting on his camera ,as soon as the forces notice that they attack him and a group of soldiers beats him and kick him with their boots ,also they stool his mobile and his camera and they handed it to the against in civilian cloths ,

To our frind hamzoz we say that your blood and tears worth more than anything they steal ,smile our brother as night must end and chains shall be broken as long as it takes ,and those who are attach to power and chairs should remember saddam 35 yrs end ,how his power was defeated in the end and fall and lead us to such stat
Smile ,we are used to take courage from your smile ,you and all the tahrir heroes

Deputy Trade Minister resigns over corruptionوكيلة وزير التجارة سويبة زنكنه عن استقالتها بسبب الفساد والضغوط

يرجى الضغط على الرابط أدناه الذي يمثل مقطعاً فيديوياُ لاعلان وكيلة وزير التجارة سويبة زنكنه عن استقالتها بسبب الضغوط التي تعرضت لها من قبل رئيس الوزراء شخصياً،

 

Probably one of the only few of Iraqi senior government officials who did it! But we don’t know the full story and the truth could be something different, Iraq is always full of surprises!

سحب شهادة دكتوراه من طالبة جامعية بسبب

بغداد / وكالات
سحبت وزارة التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي وبأمر من وزيرها علي الأديب شهادة الدكتوراه التي منحتها عمادة كلية العلوم السياسية بجامعة بغداد في الثاني عشر من شهر تموز الجاري بتقدير جيد جدا للطالبة اقبال عبد الزهراء باقر الربيعي ( الموسومة رؤساء الحكومات العراقية بين التخبط والإنجاز ) وتذرعت الوزارة ان هناك استهداف للمالكي تقصدته الباحثة جاء في الفقرة ( ز ) من الفصل التاسع بعنوان استبيان المواطنين حيث أتت نتائج افشل رئيس حكومة مر بتأريخ العراق بالمالكي اولا برصيد (٥١١) من اصل ( ١٠٠٠ ) مواطن شارك بالاستبيان وجاء الطاغية المقبور صدام ثانيا ب ( ٤٧٠ ) صوت وحل ثالثا عراب الطائفية عبد السلام عارف ب ( ١٩ ) صوت ، اما لقب افضل رئيس حكومة فذهب وبأمتياز الى خالد الذكر الزعيم عبد الكريم قاسم ب ( ٩٧٦ ) صوت ، وبعد مراجعة الدكتورة الربيعي الى مكتب الوزير للاستفسار طلب منها الأديب حذف ماجاء في الفقرة ( ز ) او تعديله لصالح المالكي وهذا مارفضته الدكتوره جملة وتفصيلا ، وبعد ذلك رفعت الدكتوره تظلم الى رئاسة جامعة بغداد ومن ثم اجتمع مجلس الجامعة برئاسة الدكتور موسى الموسوي وقرر بالإجماع المصادقة على شهادة الدكتورة الربيعي وأعدوا تدخل الوزير بالسابقة الخطيرة ومن الجدير بالذكر ان الدكتورة الربيعي مهجرة من مدينة بعقوبة ومنزلها نسفته عصابات تنظيم القاعدة الأرهابي عام ٢٠٠٦ بعد ان شاركت بدعم الائتلاف العراقي الموحد الذي اوصل المالكي الى السلطة .
للأتصال بالباحثة طالبة الدكتوراه التي سحبت شهادتها :
iqbalalrubaie@yahoo.com

Human Rights : Iraq: Revise Draft Law That Curbs Protests, Speech

Authorities Seek to Limit Rights in Name of ‘Public Morals’
July 13, 2011

This law will undermine Iraqis’ right to demonstrate and express themselves freely. Rather than creating restrictive laws, the government needs to stop attacks on critics by security forces and their proxies.

Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

(Baghdad) – Iraq should revise its draft law on freedom of expression and assembly to remove provisions that restrict those freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law would allow authorities to curtail rights to protect the “public interest” or for the “general order or public morals,” without limiting or defining what those terms encompass.

Human Rights Watch has obtained a copy of the draft law. Those provisions, as well as the proposed criminalization of speech that “insults” a “sacred” symbol or person, clearly violate international law, Human Rights Watch said. The government is pushing for this legislation in a period when physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators and restrictions on journalists have been increasing.

“This law will undermine Iraqis’ right to demonstrate and express themselves freely,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Rather than creating restrictive laws, the government needs to stop attacks on critics by security forces and their proxies.”

The Council of Ministers said in a statement dated May 16, 2011, that it had approved the “Law on the Freedom of Expression of Opinion, Assembly, and Peaceful Demonstration,” in May and submitted it to the Council of Representatives for parliamentary approval. Human Rights Watch spoke with several members of parliament about the draft law who said it had not yet been circulated or introduced. Human Rights Watch called on parliament not to approve the law without revising it to remove the restrictions on rights.

Free Assembly
The legislation would explicitly recognize the right of Iraqis to “demonstrate peacefully to express their opinions or demand their rights” (article 10), but other provisions would curtail those rights.

Under article 7(1), protest organizers would be required to get permission to hold a demonstration at least five days in advance. The request would have to include the “subject and purpose” of the demonstration and the names of its organizing committee. The draft law fails to state what standards Iraqi authorities would apply in approving or denying demonstration permits, effectively granting the government unfettered power to determine who may hold a demonstration, Human Rights Watch said.

Article 12 would permit authorities to restrict freedom of assembly and expression to protect “the public interest” or in the interest of “general order or public morals” without any qualification. The draft law offers no meaningful guidance in how to interpret such broad restrictions and is silent on what penalties protest organizers and demonstrators would face if they gathered without government approval.

The law as currently drafted would undermine guarantees in the Iraqi constitution of “freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstration” as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iraq is a state party. The covenant makes clear that restrictions on peaceful demonstrations should be exceptional, and narrowly permitted, only if found to be “necessary in a democratic society” to safeguard “national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” The draft Iraqi law includes some of these restrictions without any of the qualifications.

By granting overly broad approval authority to government agents and allowing them to restrict the right to freedom of assembly under vague concerns for “public morals” and “public interest,” and by not limiting those restrictions to those “necessary in a democratic society,” the draft law fails to meet the narrow criteria international law allows for limits on the right to assembly, Human Rights Watch said. Protest organizers in Iraq operate in an extraordinarily unsafe environment. In recent weeks, Iraqi authorities have detained, interrogated, and beaten several protest organizers in Baghdad. That makes the proposed requirement for organizers to submit their names when requesting approval for a demonstration a significant threat to their personal security.Protest organizers who wish to stay anonymous should be allowed to do so, Human Rights Watch said. At the very least, the government should ensure that the names of applicants would be classified and restricted to the permit office. The law should be modified to revise this requirement.”How can the authorities expect organizers to come forward when security forces are not only failing to protect them from violence but in some cases targeting them directly,” Stork said.

Free Expression
The law also contains provisions that would criminalize speech, with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. Under article 13, anyone who “attacks a belief of any religious sect or shows contempt for its rites” or publicly insults a “symbol, or person who is held sacred, exalted, or venerated by a religious sect” would face up to one year in jail and fines of up to 10 million dinars (US$8,665.52).The law provides no guidance about what might constitute an unlawful insult.

Iraq’s constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and the ICCPR holds that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression … to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.” International standards only allow content-based restrictions in extremely narrow circumstances, such as cases of slander or libel against private individuals or speech that threatens national security. Restrictions must be clearly defined, specific, necessary, and proportionate to the threat to interest protected.Background
Iraqi authorities have taken several steps in recent months to keep protests in Baghdad from public view. On April 13, officials issued new regulations barring street protests and allowing protests only in three soccer stadiums, though the regulation has not been enforced.

On February 21, Iraqi police allowed dozens of assailants, some wielding knives and clubs, to beat and stab peaceful protesters in Baghdad. During nationwide February 25 protests, security forces killed at least 12 protesters across the country and injured more than 100. On that day, Human Rights Watch observed Baghdad security forces beating unarmed journalists and protesters, smashing cameras, and confiscating memory cards.

On June 10, government-backed thugs armed with wooden planks, knives, iron pipes, and other weapons, beat and stabbed peaceful protesters and sexually molested female demonstrators in Baghdad. Human Rights Watch observed and witnesses said that security forces stood by and watched in several instances.