venerdì, aprile 04, 2014

 

Iraq Christians say homes seized as unrest spikes

Agencie France Press

As Iraq suffers its worst violence in years, gangs claiming ties to powerful militias have been commandeering empty homes in Baghdad with little official sanction, victims and rights groups say.
Militia leaders have disavowed the practice and insist they are not behind it, while those affected -- principally minority Christians -- say the country's courts have done little to protect their property.
"We have received dozens of such cases," William Warda, head of the Baghdad-based Hammurabi Human Rights Organisation, told AFP.
"Most of them are afraid of submitting complaints to the government, because they do not believe they can protect themselves if they file a lawsuit -- they are fearful of being kidnapped."

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