Day 15

Iraq, Middle East
Population: 37,056,000
Chief of State: President Faud Masum
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Christians: 1.4%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 13th
Life Expectancy: 71.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 80.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.7%
Refugees Living in Iraq: 4,026,483

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After he liberated Mosul and defeated the Islamic State on the ground in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was removed from his position as commander of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces by order of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi who transferred Saadi to the Defense Ministry. The decision shocked Saadi and angered Iraqis, who rallied to support him on social media. Being relegated to the sidelines is a “humiliation to my military history,” Saadi said in an interview with Iraqi TV channel iNews. “I received the decision with huge surprise, and I consider this decision as punishment and of course humiliating,” he said, adding that he refuses to end his military career in this way. Iraqi activists and military experts have also criticized the prime minister’s decision.

Pray that the leaders will make wise decisions.
Pray that the liberators are treated well and honoured (The Bible, Proverbs 31:31).

Source: Iraq removes military commander who defeated ISIS on the ground

Sri Lanka, South Asia
Population: 22,053,000
Chief of State: President Maithripala Sirisena
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Christians: 2.0%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 46th
Life Expectancy: 76.56 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 8.9%
Refugees Living in Sri Lanka: 33,170

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A report compiled by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) says that many people identified as torturers during the civil war era still hold senior positions in the police force today. As a result, there is still wide spread use of torture, in particular to extract confessions, which are still admissible as evidence in court cases. The report recommends that the legal system must be adjusted to only accept confessions made in the presence of competent and independent lawyers.

Pray for the needed changes in legal practices to come about quickly (The Bible, Leviticus 19:15).

Source: How Torture Is Institutionalized in Sri Lanka (The Diplomat)