Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Iraq

In February 2010 the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva conducted its periodic review of Iraq. The Iraqi Human Rights Minister Wijdan Salim attended the periodic review working group session.

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Treatment of Torture in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969

We are fortunate that Professor Wasfi al-Sharaa of Basra University has permitted us to publish his research paper on the treatment of Torture in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969.

Article 333 of the Penal Code states:
Any public official or agent who tortures or orders the torture of an accused, witness or informant […]

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Statements of Dying Victims

We are fortunate that Professor Wasfi al-Sharaa of Basra University has permitted us to publish his research paper on Statements of Dying Victims.

Article 216 of the Criminal Procedure Code No. 23 of 1971 states that:
The court may accept the statement of a dying victim as evidence relating to the offence and its perpetrator […]

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Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Society and the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969

Dr Bushra Al-Aubaidi of Baghdad University College of Law has kindly permitted us to publish her research (in Arabic) on gender discrimination in Iraqi Society and in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969.

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Combating Prostitution Law No. 8 of 1988

We have translated the Combating Prostitution Law No. 8 of 1988 (arabic). It provides for stiff penalties against those organising male or female prostitutes and a regime by which the prostitutes themselves can be rehabilitated.

Subsequent Revolutionary Command Council Resolutions which are still in force substantially increased the penalties for those convicted of organising […]

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UNAMI Human Rights Report 1 January 2009 – 30 June 2009

UNAMI’s 15th six monthly Human Rights Report for Iraq covers the period from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009. The report notes that during that period:

  • 31 death row inmates were executed, including one woman
  • According to information received from the High Judicial Council, between 1 January and 31 May 2009, Iraqi courts (excluding the […]
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    EUJUST LEX is a civilian crisis management operation conducted under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The core aim is to foster confidence, mutual respect and operational cooperation between the different branches of the Iraqi criminal justice system (police, judiciary and penitentiary).
    The operational phase of the EUJUST LEX mission started on 1 […]

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    Proposals for Reform of the Public Prosecution Service

    We have translated a paper by Judge Nassir Omran al-Mousawi setting out a history of the Public Prosecution service and making proposals for further reform to enable the service to achieve its potential and fill the roles allotted to it by current Iraqi legislation.
    Judge Nassir notes that the Public Prosecution is not yet […]

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    Level of Fines for Criminal Offences

    Inflation has greatly devalued the Iraqi Dinar since the Criminal Laws Promulgated in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The Penal Code and other laws provides for fines to be levied by the courts at levels which are now too small to have any deterrent effect.

    The Council of Representatives passed Law No. 6 of […]

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    Aegis Trust

    The Aegis Trust campaigns against crimes against humanity and genocide. Aegis runs the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda (with Kigali City Council) and the Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre in the UK. It provides research and advocacy support to the All Party Parliamentary Groups on the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in […]

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