Karwan Kamal, a lawyer defending the protesters in the city of Sulaimaniyah, was directly hit and two others were hurt when a gunman fired at them on Sunday night.
"There is strong reason to believe that Karwan Kamal
was targeted for his work to defend pro-reform protesters," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's
Middle East and North Africa Director.
Human rights lawyer Karwan Kamal was shot after defending protesters.
Attacks on human rights defenders must not be tolerated."
had just left a restaurant with a friend and was collecting his
car from a nearby car park at around 11:30 p.m. when the shooting took place.
A gunman in traditional Kurdish dress fired five bullets at close range, one of which hit the human rights lawyer in his
left leg, causing him to be rushed to hospital.
friend and a car park employee were injured by shrapnel when another of the bullets hit a concrete wall.
A second individual is said to have been waiting in a car and then to have helped the gunman escape the scene after firing.
told Amnesty International
had not received any threats prior to the attack, but that he
knows of others who have received anonymous threats for supporting those involved in protests earlier this year.