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Iraqi lawmaker suspects UN role in cooperating with al-Maliki

NCRI – A senior member of the Iraqi parliament expressed his concern about United Nations “cooperation” with the “ruling policies” of Al-Maliki as he revealed that dozens of detainees have died in Iraq’s state controlled prisons in span of a few weeks.

Dr. Salim Al-Jabbouri, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission in the the Iraqi Parliament, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday regarding the death of prisoners in Iraqi prisons: “I should remind you that the United Nations has a presence in Iraq and for some while we have been presenting them with reports which refer to cases of violations  [of human rights].”

“Two weeks ago, we sent an official document regarding the death of 34 detainees in only 4 months in prisons controlled by Ministry of Justice.  This even makes us suspect the role the United Nations has in Iraq for cooperating with their ruling policies,”  Dr Al-Jabbouri added.

With regards to the demands of anti-Maliki protestors, he said: “Last Friday protestors increased their demands and insisted that the Prime Minister be ousted from office, and called for his policies to be changed.”

Also the Al-Iraqiya Alliance issued a statement accusing Martin Kobler, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, of partiality with regards to the anti-Maliki protestors’ demands, Baghdad TV reported on Monday.

Al-Iraqiya said that Martin Kobler’s stand was not impartial and he was giving in to the [al-Maliki] government on the demands of the protesters.  The Iraqi coalition said Martin Koblers’ position is in violation of international law.

Baghdad TV reported:  “Martin Kobler’s remarks on categorizing the demands of protestors to illegitimate and illegitimate ones has been described by the Popular Committees as being partial and therefore unacceptable to them.” The Popular Committees said in a statement that Martin Kobler’s proper role was to remain neutral, the report added.