Iraq’s race towards injustice and the hangman’s gallows

iraq_death_penalty-sophia_akramOn 15 June 2015, a communication from Iraq’s ministry of justice relayed a meeting between senior figures in the ministry.

In it, Justice Minister Haidi Zamil made a long and passionate speech about Iraq’s long traditions of human rights.

At the same time it was suggested that the process of hanging convicts should be speeded up – after they had been found guilty – due to the exceptional security circumstances the country faced.

The death penalty acted as a deterrent in the spate of mass killings and other atrocities taking place in northern Iraq by extremists, he concluded.

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