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Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
Sam CookTHIS ISSUE FEATURES:
1. CELEBRATING THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWSThis edition of the 1325 PeaceWomen E-News Features:
1. COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (CHR): UPDATE
March 17-April 25, 2003, Geneva
Continued militancy has taken the life of a woman in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh while others have been wounded in a separate incident in the capital.
Unknown gunmen killed a woman Tuesday afternoon in the al-Akidat region in central Mosul, Nineveh's provincial capital, a security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
In the last few days, while the world has been overwhelmed by the flow of information about atrocities committed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists, public officials and local media channels have confirmed that hundreds of Yezidi and Christian women have been abducted, some of them buried alive and others subjected to rape and sexual slavery.
Kurds are a forgotten people. Called the largest nation without a state, they have been fighting for social, cultural and, at times, national rights for decades. But most of the time, nobody cared. Recently the Kurdish Worker's Party's (PKK) renewed war against the Turkish government has made headlines. What bleeds, as journalists say, leads.
As Iraq prepares to hold new parliamentary elections amid continuing controversy over the eligibility of many candidates, Amnesty International is appealing to the country's political leaders to ensure that both the election campaign and the vote on 7 March are conducted peacefully and fully conform with Iraq's obligations under international human rights law.
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