UNAMI stops publishing statistics of victims in Iraq and reveals the reason [expanded]


Release date: 2019/1/3 19:29 
The United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced the death toll in Iraq for December 2018, the lowest since 2012.
“During the month of December 2018, a total of 32 Iraqi civilians were killed and 32 others were injured in acts of terrorism and violence related to the conflict,” a statement from the al-Furat News agency said. 
“The province of Nineveh was the most affected, where the total civilian casualties 26 people (7 dead and 19 wounded), followed by Baghdad province (17 dead and 3 wounded), and Salahuddin province (3 dead and 3 wounded). 
“These figures include all citizens and others who are considered civilians at the time of death or injury – such as non-combat police, civil defense, personal security teams, the facility protection police and members of the fire department,” he said.
“UNAMI considers these figures to be more than just statistics,” said UN Special Representative to Iraq Jenin Hines Blaschart. “Every civilian death and trust in UNAMI over the years represents a tragedy for a family and suffering to absorb its loss. Every injury or maiming of civilians represents enormous personal and societal suffering. “
UNAMI has been publishing these casualty figures monthly as part of its broader efforts to highlight the needs of civil protection, reduce civilian damage and encourage all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, UNAMI’s monitoring in recent months has shown a steady decline in the number of civilian casualties. UNAMI has therefore decided not to publish updates on the number of civilian casualties per month, but only if circumstances so require. ” 
“While this decision was taken in the context of the stability of the security situation and the consequent reduction in harm related to the conflict against civilians, the conditions for a continuing decrease in violence are still very fragile, so UNAMI will continue to monitor the situation,” she said.


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