Ministry of Interior and Higher Judicial Council collaborate to combat corruption

The Ministry of Interior website on 28 May 2009 noted the formation of a central operations facility and the allocation of inspection units of the Ministry of the Interior and the High Judicial Council as part of the national campaign to combat corruption.

The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Ali Mohsen […]

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The many lives of Article 136(b) Criminal Procedure Code, Law 23 of 1971

It was reported on 14 May 2009 on  the front page of Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had suspended in part the operation of Article 136(b) of the Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971 as part of his anti-corruption drive.

Article 136(b) has had a varied life.

All of Article […]

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Higher Judicial Council releases annual report

The Higher Judicial Council (HJC) has released its statistical report for 2008. The report sets out in tabular and graphic form figures for the number of cases heard before various different federal courts, the number of convictions for various different crimes, numbers of detainees and a lot of other analyses.

The excellent HJC website contains an […]

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Homosexuality and the Criminal Law in Iraq: UPDATED

Criminal Law in Iraq
Contrary to some international media reports, homosexuality per se is not illegal in Iraq and as far as we can tell never has been illegal. However there have been a number of reliable reports of extra judicial persecution, assault, and murder of gay men in Iraq.

The Penal Code 111 of […]

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National Elections to be on 30 January 2010

The Federal Supreme Court gave its opinion on 13 May 2009 following the request of the Speaker of the Council of Representatives to the Court in its capacity as interpreter of the Constitution under Article 93(2).

The issue arising was the interpretation of Article 56 of the constitution which states:

First: The electoral term of the Council […]

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Anti-corruption report leaked (Updates: Minister of Trade resigns . . . arrested)

A recent report by the Commission on Integrity to the anti-corruption committee of the Council of Representatives, leaked to the Western media, set out the size of the problem facing the Iraqi government.

The BBC report is here.

In related news, a group of about 110 Parliamentarians have called for the Minister of TradeRead More»

UNAMI Human Rights Report 1 July 2008 – 31 December 2008

UNAMI’s 14th six monthly Human Rights Report for Iraq was issued on 29 April 2009 covering the period from 1 July 2008 to end December 2008. The report notes that during that period:

  • Iraq signed into law the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment or Punishment;
  • The law on the Independent High Commission […]
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    Professor Mallat discusses Constitution with President

    IMG_0274On invitation by President Talabani, Professor Chibli Mallat, visiting Suleymaniye, discussed the Constitution with the President and Iraqi leaders including Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Barham Saleh, several Ministers and Dr. Fouad Massoum (pictured), Deputy-Chair of the […]

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    CLA and UU Meet with Speaker

    April Powell-Willingham, Chibli Mallat, Hiram Chodosh, Vincent Battle, Alan Zangana, Rashid Asali and Munaf Hamed met with newly elected Speaker Iyad Sammaraie at the Council of Representatives on May 5, 2009.

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    Constitutional Review Committee takes action

    Baghdad: The Al-Bayina newspaper reported on 12 May 2009 that MP Abbas al-Bayati, had announced the formation of a sub-committee within the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) of the Council of Representatives to consider the possibility of further constitutional amendments during the current parliamentary session or whether they should be carried over to the next session.
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