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 […]

IHEC urges Parliament to accelerate legislation of elections law

Al Sumaria reported on 10 September 2009 that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) called on political entities to support the preparation mechanism for the electoral process due early 2010. The Commission urged the Parliament to accelerate the legislation of elections law mainly after the Council of Ministers approved a draft law on Tuesday 8 […]

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) was created in 2004 as the successor to the Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General (CPA-IG). It was created by the US Congress to provide oversight of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) and all obligations, expenditures, and revenues associated with reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Iraq. […]

Constitutional Review Committee Report

The Constitutional Review Committee sub-committee’s report suggesting amendments to the Constitution is available from the the Council of Representatives website. This document includes the amendments along with U of U annotations. This copy is a marked up version of the original constitution. Blue text is said to represent amendments and red text additions. There are also […]

Black Iraqis claim discrimination in Basra

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) have published a fascinating short article by Abduladhim Karim about a little discussed minority in Basra. Discrimination is contrary to Article 14 of the Constitution which states: Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, origin, color, religion, sect, belief or […]

USIP / IOM report on Iraq’s displaced

Deborah Isser, senior rule of law adviser at the United States Institute of Peace, and Peter van der Auweraert senior legal adviser at the International Organisation for Migration have published a special report entitled ‘Land, Property, and the Challenge of Return for Iraq’s Displaced‘. The report draws on the assistance offered by both USIP and […]

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 account […]