Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity

Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity
Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity

Hello and welcome to the details of Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Iraqi activist Ihab al-Wazni (pictured) was a vocal opponent of corruption. — Reuters pic

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.


KARBALA (Iraq), May 9 — A leading Iraqi anti-government activist was killed early today, security sources and activists said, sending supporters of a protest movement onto the streets to demand an end to bloodshed.

Ihab al-Wazni, a coordinator of protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, was a vocal opponent of corruption, the stranglehold of Tehran-linked armed groups and Iran’s influence in Iraq.  

He was shot overnight outside his home by men on motorbikes, in an ambush caught on surveillance cameras. His death was confirmed by security forces and activists. 

Wazni narrowly escaped death in December 2019, when men on motorbikes used silenced weapons to kill fellow activist Fahem al-Tai as he was dropping him home in Karbala, where pro-Tehran armed groups are legion.

Both were key figures in a national protest movement that erupted against government corruption and incompetence in Iraq in October 2019.

Around 600 people were killed as a result of their association with that movement  — many on the streets during rallies, others targeted on their doorsteps away from the rallies. 

Protests broke out in Karbala, Nassiriya and Diwaniya in southern Iraq in reaction to Wazni’s killing, as people called for an end to the bloodshed and to rampant corruption. 

In a video recording in the morgue where his body was initially held, a fellow activist made it clear who he and colleagues blamed for the killing.

“It is the Iranian militias who killed Ihab,” said the unnamed activist. “They are going to kill all of us! They threaten us and the government remains silent.”  

Police in Karbala said they “will spare no effort” to find “the terrorists” behind Wazni’s killing. 

Politicians, including Shiite leader Ammar al-Haki, deplored the killing and called for justice. 

Around 30 activists have died in targeted killings and dozens of others abducted, some detained briefly, since October 2019.

Such targeted killings are normally carried out in the dead of night by men on motorbikes, and nobody claims responsibility. 

Activists and the UN repeatedly blame “militias”.  

Authorities have consistently failed to identify the perpetrators of these political killings.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi took office a year ago, vowing to rein in rogue factions, fight corruption and roll out long-awaited reforms after years of war and insurgency.

Pro-Iran groups view the premier as being too close to Washington and protesters believe he has failed to deliver on his promises.

“Such crimes against activists in Iraq raise again the question about the real steps of the government regarding accountability for... (those) responsible for crimes” targeting protesters, Ali Bayati, a member of Iraq’s Human Rights Commission, tweeted Sunday.

Wazni had himself challenged Kadhemi in a post in February, asking rhetorically: “Do you know what is going on? You know that they kidnap and kill—or you live in another country?” — AFP

These were the details of the news Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV WHO declares Philippines polio-free after vaccine campaign
NEXT Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta — WHO uses Greek alphabet to name COVID-19 variants