IRAQ: 11 OTHERS HANGED FOR TERRORISM
January 23, 2014: Iraq hanged another 11 people convicted of terrorist offences, the Justice Ministry said, pursuing what a U.N. official has criticized as a "conveyor-belt of executions".
All those executed were Iraqi nationals, Justice Ministry spokesman Haider al-Saadi said in a text message to Reuters, bringing the total number of people executed in less than one week to 37.
The United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has frequently condemned Iraq's mass executions. "This continued conveyor-belt of executions by the government of Iraq is simply deplorable," her spokesman, Rupert Colville, said on 20 January, after 26 people were hanged.
"Iraq's justice system still has huge deficiencies which mean that resorting to even a small number of executions is risking a grave and irredeemable miscarriage of justice," he said. "When people are executed by the dozen, it means that such miscarriages of justice are virtually certain to be occurring." (Sources: Reuters, 23/01/2014)