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Iraqi high school student Abdullah Al Abbasi disappeared since 2006

Iraqi high school student Abdullah Al Abbasi disappeared since 2006

On April 20, 2006, high school student Al Abbasi was shopping for stationery and books at the Al-Tarbiya bookshop, in Baghdad, when Iraqi Army forces raided the establishment. Al Abbasi was arrested alongside an employee of the bookshop. They were both forced into a military car and driven to an unknown destination. Since that day, Al Abbasi’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

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Freelance Journalist Basim Al Za’ak abducted while broadcasting protests and disappeared since October 2021

Freelance Journalist Basim Al Za’ak abducted while broadcasting protests and disappeared since October 2021

On October 24, 2021, Basim Al Za’ak was reporting live on Facebook on the protests happening on Al Hassanin square when the live stream was cut short. Since then, his fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

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Yareb Jassem Ferman Siwan Al Budairi disappeared since his arrest in 2014

Yareb Jassem Ferman Siwan Al Budairi disappeared since his arrest in 2014

On February 11, 2014, Yareb Al Budairi was leaving his paint shop, in the Hittin neighbourhood in Baghdad, when he was stopped by members of the 54th Brigade of the Iraqi Army and later arrested. Since then, his fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

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Intimidation and reprisal against Commissioner of Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights

Intimidation and reprisal against Commissioner of Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights

Ali Al Bayati is a member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), Iraq’s National Human Rights Institution, tasked with, among others, “ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights in Iraq”.

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Anbar resident, Falah Al Aqili, disappeared since arrest at Baghdad International Airport in 2014

Anbar resident, Falah Al Aqili, disappeared since arrest at Baghdad International Airport in 2014

In November 2014, after ISIS occupied Hit district in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, then 20-year-old Falah Al Aqili decided to leave Iraq for Istanbul, Turkey, with two other residents from Hit. On November 4, 2014, after Al Aqili arrived at Baghdad International Airport, alongside his two companions, they were stopped by a member of the airport security called Ali, just after having their passports stamped.

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Ali Jiyad Hussein Al Allawi disappeared since his arrest by the PMU in 2017

Ali Jiyad Hussein Al Allawi disappeared since his arrest by the PMU in 2017

Ali Al Allawi is the head of a well-known football club in Baghdad’s Al Ghazaliya district. On November 2, 2017, he was arrested while travelling by car, alongside members of his team, to a football match in Al Ghazaliya. He was taken to an unknown location and has not contacted the outside world since. The individuals who arrested Al Allawi were travelling in white cars without number plates. According to witnesses, they belonged to the Directorate of Security and Discipline in the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU).

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Aladdin Farhad disappeared in Mosul since 2017

Aladdin Farhad disappeared in Mosul since 2017

On February 5, 2017, Aladdin Farhad was driving his car alongside some of his family members, in the Nurqal neighbourhood in Mosul, when he was stopped at a checkpoint by members of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU).

The members of the PMU then proceeded to arrest Farhad and confiscate his car, leaving behind the members of his family. Since then, his fate and whereabouts have remained unknown.

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Iraqi juvenile disappeared in south Mosul since March 2017

Iraqi juvenile disappeared in south Mosul since March 2017

On March 6, 2017, Al Qaisi and his family fled Al Mansour neighbourhood in Mosul, where they normally lived, to Mosul’s Left Coast due to the ongoing clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Iraqi security forces. In order to reach Mosul’s Left Coast, they had to go through Hammam Al Alil for a security check, in order to verify that they had no affiliation with ISIL. When they reached the checkpoint in Hammam Al Alil, they were not allowed to go through and were ordered to come back the next day.

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Iraqi teacher disappeared in west Mosul since June 2017

Iraqi teacher disappeared in west Mosul since June 2017

On June 20, 2017, at approximately 11:00 pm, a military pickup truck carrying four armed men dressed in uniform showed up at Al Mhemeed’s home in the Al Ma'moun al Kwar neighbourhood in west Mosul, Ninewa. They knocked on the door of the house before informing Al Mhemeed’s father that they were looking for his son. When the father asked the gunmen why his son was wanted, they replied that they were from the National Security Service (NSS) and had questions for him.

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Members of two Iraqi families remain missing following 2015 mass arrests in Al Dur

Members of two Iraqi families remain missing following 2015 mass arrests in Al Dur

Until March 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fully controlled the village of Al Dur, located in the Salah Al Din governorate. In January 2015, Iraqi security forces, with the help of militias affiliated with the PMU, launched an offensive to liberate various parts of the Salah Al Din governorate, including the district of Al Dur.

Fearing clashes between ISIL militants and government forces, hundreds of families fled from Al Dur to take shelter in the rural areas nearby, including in farmlands and farmhouses situated in the Jallam Al Dur area.

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