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IRAQ - UN
Baghdad ratifies UN treaty on chemical weapons
For the Iraqi ambassador at the United Nations, this demonstrates the willingness to "cooperate with the international community" for "peace and stability in the Middle East." The possession of chemical weapons was at the origin of the war launched by the United States in 2003 against Saddam Hussein. The former rais had used chemical weapons to annihilate Kurdish resistance in the northern part of the country.
Iraqi judge and son gunned down
The judge worked for the Iraqi Special Tribunal set up to try Saddam Hussein. Baathist terrorism targets new regime's officials and children.
Tariq Aziz on trial, bishop of Kirkuk: "justice, but in respect of man"
After five years of detention, Saddam's former deputy prime minister goes before the judge, charged with the execution of dozens of merchants in 1992. The only Christian in the entourage of the rais is wrongly cited as proof of the favour "enjoyed" by this community under the dictatorship. Aziz now risks the death penalty.
Iraq remembers the victims of the Halabja chemical attack
In the Northern city relatives and authorities light candles to remember the over 5 thousand victims; for the first time ever the central government requests a minutes silence across the country; sign of “changing times”. But the Kurdish population continues to suffer.
Tareq Aziz’s acquittal upholds the rule of law, says Iraqi Christian
Special Iraqi court rules that there is no evidence of Aziz’s direct involvement in massacre. The decision shows a desire to “uncover the facts” without “political pressures”. Saddam’s former deputy is in danger of possible vendettas. Many Shias are angry at the verdict.
Iraqi bishops: This is our Christmas, between hopes and sufferings
Iraqi bishops tell AsiaNews about the climate in the country, on the eve of the holiday. Compared to the era of Saddam Hussein, there is greater freedom, but the danger of violence remains. The prelates emphasize the positive elements on the path of dialogue, and are asking the government for concrete steps in the protection of rights.
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