ERBIL — The United Nations on Friday criticised the recent mass executions by the Iraqi government, saying that it is “deeply shocked and appalled” at the hangings.
The Iraqi authorities hanged 38 people whom it had found involved in acts of terrorism through the Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda organisations.
“We are deeply shocked and appalled at the mass execution on Thursday,” United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell told reporters in Geneva.
The hangings, she warned, “once again raise huge concerns about the use of the death penalty in the country”.
A prison source however told AFP that they were all Iraqis, but that one also held a Swedish nationality.
BasNews previously reported that Sweden’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned the Iraqi envoy over the execution of its citizen by the government in Baghdad.
“Given the flaws of the Iraqi justice system, it appears extremely doubtful that strict due process and fair trial guarantees were followed in these 38 cases,” Throssell warned.
“This raises the prospect of irreversible miscarriages of justice and violations of the right to life.”