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Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2006 - Iraq

Publisher International Federation for Human Rights
Publication Date 14 March 2007
Cite as International Federation for Human Rights, Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2006 - Iraq, 14 March 2007, available at: [accessed 23 November 2017]
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Assassination of two trade union leaders12

On January 25, 2006, Mr. Alaa Issa Khalaf, a member of the executive board of the Baghdad branch of the Mechanics' Union and of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW), was assassinated by unidentified individuals while on his way to work.

In addition, Mr. Thabet Hussein Ali, director of the General Trade Union for Health Sector Workers in Iraq, was abducted on April 7, 2006 by a presumed terrorist group as he was leaving his union's headquarters in Baghdad Al-Mansour neighbourhood. His body was found the following day, riddled with gunshot wounds and bearing marks of torture.

At the end of 2006, no investigation had been initiated into either of these two assassinations.

[Refworld note: This report as posted on the FIDH website ( was in pdf format with country chapters run together by region. Footnote numbers have been retained here, so do not necessarily begin at 1.]

12. See Urgent Appeal IRQ 001/0106/OBS 010 and Press Release, May 31, 2006.

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