The United Nations "upset" of executions in Kurdistan for the first time in seven years

Shafaq News / The United Nations on Tuesday condemned the execution of three people on charges of murder and kidnapping in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, saying "strong displeasure" about the first implementation of the death penalty in the Autonomous Region in seven years.

And executed Farhad Mahmoud Gaafar and two wives, and Yerevan Khounjh Ismail Karim Haidar, in August 12 after being convicted of kidnapping and killing of two girls. He said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights during a meeting with reporters in Geneva "We are very upset about these executions", as reported by AFP and seen by Twilight News.

Kurdistan Region authorities have decided to suspend the death penalty in 2008. The spokesman said "we are disappointed" about it, appealing to Kurdish authorities "re-commitment to freeze punishment officially".

A spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council in Kurdistan, Umid Mohsen, the region's president, Massoud Barzani agreed to the penalty decision. Said Mohsen, told AFP, "This is an exceptional case," without further details of the crime.

Colville said that the situation in Kurdistan, "contrasts sharply with the situation in the rest of Iraq." Iraqi authorities have executed more than 600 people since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 2004. The half that number were executed between 2012 and 2013, were also executed 62 people in 2014.