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    Iraq: Parliament Passes New Law Prohibiting Prostitution, Homosexuality, Gender Change Procedures On April 27, 2024, The Iraqi House of Representatives (Iraq’s unicameral parliament) passed a law amending Law No. 8 of 1988 on combating prostitution. According to a statement issued by the Iraqi House of Representatives, the law, which is titled “Law on Combating Prostitution and Homosexuality,” aims to “preserve the entity of Iraqi society from moral … Continue reading “Iraq: Parliament Passes New Law...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2024-05-15
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    Iraq: Authorities Arrest Two Social Media Creators for Indecency and Publishing 'Degrading Content' on TikTok Law enforcement authorities in Baghdad arrested and detained a male and a female Iraqi citizen on November 30 and December 2, 2023, respectively, on charges that they had created indecent content on TikTok. Subsequently, both TikTokers were charged with committing an indecent act that violates public moral and decency.The arrests of the well-known Iraqi female … Continue reading “Iraq: Authorities Arrest Two Social Media...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2024-01-08
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    Iraq: Federal Supreme Court Terminates Parliamentary Memberships of Speaker of Parliament and Rival Representative On November 14, 2023, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a statement announcing it was terminating the parliamentary memberships of the speaker of the Council of Representatives (parliament), Muhammad Rikan Al-Halbousi, and of Representative Laith Al-Dulaimi. The court did not provide a reason for its decision in the statement.In accordance with article 5(2) of Law No. … Continue reading “Iraq: Federal Supreme Court Terminates Parliamentary...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-12-06
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    Iraq: Federal Integrity Commission Encourages Iraqi Citizens to Report Crimes of Financial Corruption On September 4, 2023, Judge Hidar Hanoun, the head of the Iraqi Federal Commission of Integrity, announced that the commission has launched an anti-corruption public awareness campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Iraqi citizens to report financial corruption crimes that occur in the Ministry of Education.In addition to the Ministry of Education, … Continue reading “Iraq: Federal Integrity Commission Encourages Iraqi...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-10-11
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    Iraq: Ministry of Health Faces Difficulties in Implementing Anti-smoking Law On August 9, 2023, the Iraqi Ministry of Health indicated that it faces difficulties in implementing its Anti-smoking Law, which was passed by the Iraqi parliament in 2012. The ministry has called for more cooperation among different government bodies to implement the law in public places and government buildings.The Ministry of Health, which has previously … Continue reading “Iraq: Ministry of Health Faces Difficulties...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-08-28
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    Iraq: Integrity Commission Orders Arrest of Former Iraqi Official on Corruption Charges On July 16, 2023, the Iraqi Integrity Commission issued a statement concerning the arrest of the former chairman of the Najaf Provincial Council for violating article 331 of the Iraqi Penal Code (Law No. 111 of 1969), which criminalizes the breach of official duties. Article 331 states:Any public official or agent who willfully commits an … Continue reading “Iraq: Integrity Commission Orders Arrest of...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-07-25
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    Kuwait and Iraq: Ministries of Interior Issue Warnings about Penalties against Persons Eating and Drinking in Public during Ramadan On March 22, 2023, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (homeland security) issued a statement banning eating and drinking in public during the day in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The statement also warns that any individual who violates the ministry’s instructions will be punished according to the Iraqi Penal Code.According to article 240 of … Continue reading “Kuwait and Iraq: Ministries of Interior...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-04-05
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    Iraq: Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Dissolve Parliament On September 7, 2022, the Iraqi Supreme Court issued a decision in Case No. 132 of 2022, rejecting a petition to dissolve Iraq’s parliament. The petition had been submitted by members of parliament (MPs) representing Shi‘ite religious cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Sadr Trend political movement. The court decided that dissolving the legislature was outside of its … Continue reading “Iraq: Supreme Court Rejects Petition to...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-10-05
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    Iraq: Supreme Court Bans Former Minister of Foreign Affairs from Presidential Candidacy; Parliament Fails to Elect a President by Court's Deadline On February 6, 2022, the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq issued Ruling No. 3 of 2022 prohibiting Hoshyar Zebari, the former Iraqi minister of foreign affairs and former minister of finance, from being a candidate in the presidential election that was scheduled for the end of March 2022. (The election of the president in Iraq … Continue reading “Iraq: Supreme Court Bans Former Minister...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-04-07
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    Iraq: Criminal Court Sentences Iraqi and Algerian to Death for Committing Murder On October 20, 2021, the court of felonies at the Dhi Qar Court of Appeal in southern Iraq convicted two men, an Iraqi and an Algerian, of the crime of murder and sentenced both men to death. The men were found guilty of storming a currency exchange in the capital, Baghdad, several years ago and … Continue reading “Iraq: Criminal Court Sentences Iraqi and...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-11-04
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    Iraq: Cabinet Approves Reinstatement of Iraq's Military Conscription Law On August 31, 2021, the Iraqi cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, approved a draft law to reinstate compulsory military service and referred the proposed law, called the “Service Under the Flag Law,” to the Iraqi parliament.After the multinational force invasion of Iraq in 2003, the provisional coalition authority abolished Law No. 65 of … Continue reading “Iraq: Cabinet Approves Reinstatement of Iraq’s...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-10-04
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    International: UNESCO Calls for Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage, Unhindered Right to Education On August 19, 2021, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) made a statement that “calls for the preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage in its diversity, in full respect of international law, and for taking all necessary precautions to spare and protect cultural heritage from damage and looting.” In addition, the director general … Continue reading “International: UNESCO Calls for Preservation of...
    • Contributor: Boomer, Elizabeth
    • Date: 2021-08-24
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    Iraq: Parliament Considers New Anti-cybercrimes Bill (Jan. 14, 2021) On November 23, 2020, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (parliament) finished reading and discussing a new anti-cybercrimes bill. The bill identifies a number of acts as cybercrimes and establishes penalties for them. While discussing the provisions of the bill, members of the parliament called for striking a balance between the crimes cited […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-01-14
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    Iraq: Prime Minister Announces Early Parliamentary Elections and Urges Implementation of New Election Law (Aug. 14, 2020) On July 31, 2020, Iraqi interim Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced that early parliamentary elections would take place on June 6, 2021, rather than in May 2022 as originally scheduled. Al-Kadhimi, who came to power in May 2020 after months of protests had forced his predecessor to resign, said that early elections […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-08-14
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    Iraq: Legislating the Status of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Dec. 7, 2016) On November 26, 2016, the Iraqi Parliament institutionalized the people’s fighting forces known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization (PM), by passing a special law on the matter. (Law of the Popular Mobilization Authority (2016 Law), Iraqi Parliament website (Nov. 26, 2016) (in Arabic).) Under the new law, the PM is […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2016-12-07
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-09-30
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2012-05-14
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2010-05-10
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-05-03
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2009-08-20
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Mac&iacute - As, Francisco
    • Date: 2009-02-09
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2009-01-07
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2008-11-20
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2008-10-24
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2008-10-22