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Iraq: Amnesty International chief Irene Khan on high level visit to Iraq

The Amnesty International delegation will visit Baghdad, Najaf and Basra, and will meet with survivors of past and current human rights violations:

  • families of the 'disappeared',
  • former detainees and families of detainees, and
  • victims of recent unlawful killings.

The delegation will also meet representatives of civil society, such as Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights's and human rights organisations and Iraqi religious and political leaders, including members of the Provisional Governing Council.

The mission aims to highlight Amnesty International's solidarity with the Iraqi people and its commitment to ensuring justice in Iraq.

Irene Khan will be meeting Ambassador Paul Bremer, Administrator for the Coalition Provisional Authority to discuss the organisation's concerns raised in a memorandum addressed to him. She will lead a delegation to Najaf where she will hold talks with religious leaders. The delegation will also meet UK officials.

Media activities

  • Press conference with Irene Khan at 12:00 noon local time, Wednesday 23 July in the Sheraton Hotel, Baghdad.
  • Daily briefings for the media will take place at 18:00, Hammurabi Hotel, Baghdad.
  • Spokespeople, including Irene Khan, will be available for interview throughout the mission.
  • The delegation includes:

    • Curt Goering, Deputy Executive Director of Amnesty International's USA Section
    • Mahmoud ben Romdhane, representing the Tunisian Section
    • June Ray, Director of the Middle East Program
    • Liz Hodgkin and Said Boumeddouha, both researchers at the International Secretariat, and
    • Joanna Oyediran, a lawyer with expertise on international humanitarian law.

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