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Iraq/ICC: Investigation of ISIL Crimes Urged by Religious Minority

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 24, 2015, members of the Yazidi minority religious community in Iraq met with Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). They filed a report with details of attacks on the community carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since August 2014. The […]

Iraq: Release of Hizbollah Activist

(May 14, 2012) An Iraqi court has decided to release an activist affiliated with the Lebanese political party Hizbollah who was detained and handed over to the Iraqi government by the American forces upon their withdrawal from Iraq at the end of last year. The detained man, Ali Dakdouk, was accused of involvement in killing […]

Iraq: Democracy Iraqi Style

(May 10, 2010) On May 5, 2010, ALJAZEERA reported that two of the three largest parliamentary blocks who won seats in the recent legislative election in Iraq, the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Coalition, had formed an alliance that will select the next Prime Minister and government. The agreement between the two […]

Iraq; United Nations: Free Legal Aid for Detainees

(May 3, 2010) On April 28, 2010, a meeting was held in Amman, Jordan, to review the United Nations program to provide legal assistance to detainees in Iraq. Aid for their legal defense has been available through 20 centers, each with up to seven lawyers; the centers were established in September 2009 and cover 16 […]

Iraq: Council of Ministers Blocks All Websites Deemed in Violation of Islamic Sharia’a

(Aug. 20, 2009) On August 3, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Iraq issued a decision to create a committee to look into means to identify and block all websites that violate Islamic law (Sharia'a). The committee will include officials from the ministries of communications, higher education, and science and technology. Some Iraqi intellectuals have […]

Iraq: Kurdish President Pardons Imprisoned Journalist

(Feb. 9, 2009) On November 24, 2008, Adel Hussein, a physician and freelance journalist, was found guilty of offending public decency, in violation of Chapter 8, article 403, of the Iraqi Penal Code. On December 7, 2008, Dr. Hussein was released from prison under a pardon granted by the President of the Kurdish region of […]

Iraq; United States: Parliament Approves Status-of-Forces Agreement

(Jan. 7, 2009) On November 27, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved the Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States. SOFA calls for the withdrawal of the American forces from Iraqi cities by July 30, 2009, and from the entire country by 2011, with the exception of some elements of the U.S. Special Forces that will […]

Iraq: Parliament Approves Article 50 of the Provincial Election Law

(Nov. 20, 2008) On November 4, 2008, the Iraqi Parliament approved article 50 of the Provincial Election Law, on seats for religious minorities on provincial councils. Through the reinstatement of article 50, which had been removed from the Law when it was passed on September 24, 2008, the Provincial Election Law now recognizes the rights […]

Iraq: Religious Edict (Fatwa) Against American/Iraqi Security Agreement

(Oct. 24, 2008) In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a religious edict (fatwa) requiring any agreement with the United States to provide for immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq. (American Campaign to Secure Approval of the Security […]

Iraq: The Presidential Council Approves the Provincial Election Law

(Oct. 22, 2008) On September 24, 2008, the Iraqi Presidential Council signed the amended Provincial Election Law into law after a parliamentary debate on the legislation that resulted in the modification of article 24 of the Law. Although Iraqi legislators had previously passed the Provincial Election Law, the Presidential Council vetoed it and sent it […]