Kurdistan Region President

The Kurdistan Region President is elected under Kurdistan Law 1, Article 1 passed by the Kurdistan Parliament (formerly known as the Kurdistan National Assembly) in 2005. During the life of the regional legislature elected in 2005, the President is elected by the legislature. In future the President is to be directly elected by the […]

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Kurdistan National Assembly (rebranded as Kurdistan Parliament) passes election law

Pursuant to Law 2 of 2009 (4th Amendment to the Election Law of the National Council of Kurdistan, Iraq, Law 1 of 1992), passed on 25 March 2009, the Kurdistan National Assembly wishes to be known as the Kurdistan Parliament. The Parliament website (in Kurdish, Arabic and English) is well designed and contains news, […]

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2009 Budget vetoed by Presidency Council (and subsequently passed)

On 26 March 2009, the Presidency Council (President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi) effectively vetoed the 2009 budget law by sending it back to the Council of Representatives which had approved it on March 5.
see Musings on Iraq
UPDATE: The Presidency Council did approve the $58.9 billion […]

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International Research & Exchanges Board

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) supports Iraqi media outlets, journalists, media managers, and free-press advocates in their efforts to build a sustainable and professional media system as they struggle against the hardships of operating in Iraq. The project is supported by a grant from the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, […]

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USAID المساعدات الامريكية

USAID المساعدات الامريكية is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. In Iraq, USAID has been working to encourage economic growth; support democracy and build the capacity of national and local government; bring agricultural products to market; and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced and […]

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International Foundation for Electoral Systems

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an NGO headquartered in Washington DC. IFES has been providing electoral assistance in Iraq since September 2003. Currently, IFES provides a broad range of operational and advisory assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to strengthen the institution, its responsiveness and implementation capacity.

IFES provides […]

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Centre for Global Peace

The Centre for Global Peace is an arm of the American University in Washington DC. They have been working in Iraq to support the establishment of a Human Rights Commission and the ensuing National Human Rights Action Plan. Their research portal contains a number of interesting documents and useful links.

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Institute for International Law and Human Rights

The Iraq Program of the Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR) (Executive Director, William ‘Spence’ Spencer) is an NGO working with Iraqi leaders to strengthen approaches to human rights and rule of law legislation by: (1) developing draft legislation and Constitutional amendments; (2) working to enact them; (3) developing a sustainable […]

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Iraqi Committee on Judicial Independence

The Iraqi Committee on Judicial Independence (ICJI), is a consortium of representatives from the Ministries of Human Rights and Justice, the judiciary, the legal community, civil society organizations, academia and the media from across Iraq.

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International Institute for the Rule of Law

The International Institute for the Rule of Law (IIRL) is an Iraqi NGO (Executive Director, Sermid al-Sarraf) established with the objectives of:

  • Acknowledging and supporting the long and respected judicial tradition in Iraq and work to ensure its independence
  • Bolstering the Rule of Law in its various manifestations
  • Building internal capacity among Iraqis and their Rule of […]
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