Rudaw – Human rights condition worsened in Kurdistan Region, Iraq: US State Department report

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The human rights situation in Kurdistan has worsened over the past year, Rudaw has reported citing the US Department of State. In its annual country report on Iraq, the Department warned of “Kurdistan Regional Government restrictions on fundamental freedoms and civic space.” The concern comes following the filing of a lawsuit against members of the ruling Barzani family by the Kurdistan Victims Fund; they are accused of authorizing their agents to commit crimes including “extrajudicial killings, genocide, hostage taking and kidnapping, enforced disappearances, inhuman treatment, torture, rape, crimes against humanity, and multitudinous other unlawful and material acts”.