Rights group condemns Iraq for execution of IS-linked men

A prominent rights group has condemned Iraq for the mass execution of 21 prisoners calling it an “outrage."

Rights groups have long criticized Iraqi court proceedings against IS-linked suspects as unfair, claiming individuals were sentenced to death in rushed trials with little evidence, and sometimes based on confessions extracted through torture.

Amnesty International in a statement called Monday's executions “an outrage.”

“It is high time the Iraqi authorities put an end to executing people," said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty's deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Retaliatory executions not only fail to deliver justice to the victims and to their families, they serve to reinforce perceptions of partial justice."

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet described the report of the executions as “deeply troubling,” according to a statement from her office. The statement noted there has been no official confirmation of the executions, and she called the lack of transparency “unacceptable.”

“I call on the Iraqi authorities to halt any further executions,” said Bachelet. “I am deeply concerned about the fate of the several hundred prisoners who may be at imminent risk of execution in Iraq.”