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Human Rights Watch: Water Crisis in Basra – Decades of Mismanagement, Pollution, Corruption
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Human Rights Watch: Water Crisis in Basra – Decades of Mismanagement, Pollution, Corruption

Human Rights Watch July 22, 2019 Report Basra is Thirsty Iraq’s Failure to Manage the Water Crisis Iraqi authorities have failed to ensure for almost 30 years that Basra residents have sufficient safe drinking water, resulting in on-going health concerns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The situation culminated in an acute...

Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead
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Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead

Omar Sattar, Al-Monitor, 5 April 2019 BAGHDAD — Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the largest dams in Iraq, the threat of drought persists. Turkey is now taking the necessary steps to fill its controversial Ilisu Dam, while Iran continues to cut off tributaries of the rivers flowing...

Will Iraq lose its benefits from Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?
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Will Iraq lose its benefits from Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?

By Omar Al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor, 23 March 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Baghdad March 11 to endorse the two countries’ renewed commitment to the 1975 Algiers Agreement regarding the shared border of the Shatt al-Arab River. The agreement has sat idle for decades, as Iraq has attempted to evade what it sees as unfair terms. However, Iraqi Prime Minister...

Fact-Finding Team Report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra
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Fact-Finding Team Report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

On 17 October 2018, a civil society Fact-Finding Team revealed serious human rights violations against citizens in Basra for their participation in this past summer’s protests. These findings correspond with Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, which found that between 1 August and 7 September, 20 people were killed, 492 people were injured (including 80...

Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water
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Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Mustafa Saadoun, Al Monitor, August 31 2018 BASRA, Iraq — Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents stormed the Basra Health Directorate to protest the poor health services provided to those made ill, but relief is...

The Basra water crisis and increasing salinity of the Shatt al-Arab
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The Basra water crisis and increasing salinity of the Shatt al-Arab

[:en]By Toon Bijnens Basra, Iraq  The Save the Tigris Campaign participated on 15 and 16 February in an international workshop in Basra, entitled “Basra Water Crisis, Shatt al-Arab Increasing Salinity and Measures to Control”, organized by the University of Basra in collaboration with the Province of Basra, under the patronage of the Basra Governor Dr....