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Iraq report highlights religious abuse

ICC Note

According to the report by the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, persecution against Christians and other minorities in the country spiked following the 2003 invasion of the country by the United States and its allies.

07/04/2008 Iraq (ankawa.com)-The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights in its latest report highlighted the prevalence of religious persecution in the country following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Iraqi Christians were third on the list with 172 fatalities among the various divisions followed by the Sabis with 127 killed and 62 displaced families.

Iraqi Christian Yousif Yacoub Qado told IRIN al-Qaida militants in Baghdad threatened to kill him if he did not convert to Islam or hand over protection money.

“When I said I can’t do that as I need the money to feed my family, they said they would slaughter me like a goat to make me an example to other Christians,” he said.

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