Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: “As a matter of principle we are against sanctions in the region. Blockade and sanctions destroy societies and do not weaken regimes. We consider them (sanctions on Iran) a strategic mistake and incorrect but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people. We will not interact with them or support them but we will abide by them.”
Farida Khalaf said: “I will never forget the day Daesh came and they gathered us in the school and separated us from our families, that will never leave my mind. I was in their captivity and I know how difficult it is to be there, a day feels like a year. We prayed every day that the day would pass without beating or torture or rape.”
“The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) today made available $90 million to the Government of the State of Kuwait,” the U.N said. “With today’s payment, the Commission has paid out $47.9 billion, leaving approximately $4.5 billion remaining to be paid to the only outstanding claim.”
Human Rights Watch warned in November that the broad use of terrorism laws meant those with minimal connections to the Islamic State group are caught up in prosecutions alongside those behind the worst abuses. The group estimated a similar number of detainees and prisoners — about 20,000 in all.