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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights mourns the death of Iraqi journalist Zamil Ghanam Al-Zoba’ie

Saturday 15 June 2013, by The Gulf Center for Human Rights

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) very sadly received reports from reliable sources confirming that on 09 June 2013 the body of journalist and member of the Journalists Syndicate, Zamil Ghanam Al-Zoba’ie was found in Baghdad at Al-Washash area after being killed by an unknown terrorist group.

Zamil Ghanam Al-Zoba’ie was an active member of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate for the last 30 years and worked in several media organizations, including the Iraqi News Agency and the newspaper of the Republic(Al-Jamhoriah). During recent years he has written many article published in Habazboz, Al-Qarar, Al-Ayam newspapers.

Since 2003, journalists in Iraq have been working in extremely dangerous conditions risking assassination, imprisonment, torture and threats by either the militants or the government and armed groups aligned to the government. Hundreds have lost their lives as Iraq is regarded among the most dangerous places for journalists.

The GCHR believes that Zamil Ghanam Al-Zoba’ie has been solely targeted and killed as a result of his work as an active journalist.

The GCHR calls on the Iraqi government to:

1. Initiate an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of Zamil Ghanam Al-Zoba’ie, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;

2. Immediately stop the ongoing attacks against journalists;

3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and journalists in Iraq are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.

The GCHR reminds the Iraqi government that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals.

We would particularly draw your attention to Article 5 (b) “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels (b)To form, join and participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups” and Article 12 (2) “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jureadverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.

SOURCE: http://gc4hr.org/news/view/435

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