- In late October, Nabaz Goran, editor of the independent Jihan magazine, was attacked by three unidentified men outside the newspaper office in Erbil.
Violence against women
High levels of violence against women continued to be reported, including cases of women being killed by their relatives.
- In October, the body of Jian Ali Abdel Qader was discovered next to her family house in the village of Qadafari, Sulaimaniya. She had previously reported being subjected to family violence and sought refuge in a shelter in Sulaimaniya in July. However, she had returned to the family home after assurances for her safety had been given. Relatives, including her father, were detained in connection with her murder.
Amnesty International visit/reports
Amnesty International delegates visited the Kurdistan region of Iraq in April/May.Trapped by violence: Women in Iraq (4 March 2009)
Hope and fear: Human rights in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (14 April 2009)
A thousand people face the death penalty in Iraq (1 September 2009)
Iraq: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (1 September 2009)