Election Posters Vandalised in Baghdad – Criminal Sanctions Threatened

Posted on | February 28, 2010

The streets of Iraq’s cities are festooned with election posters.

Yahoo! News suggests that not everyone is taking the election campaign overly seriously.

The Star Tribune reported on 20 February 2010 about vandalism to some election posters since the election campaign began.

Another excellent photo slideshow which only tangentially touches on the forthcoming election is at […]

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Proof against barred Iraq candidates to be released

Posted on | February 28, 2010

Middle East Online on 28 February 2010 reported that Ali al-Lami had stated that evidence supporting the decision of the Justice and Accountability Committee’s (JAC) to declare a number of candidates as being subject to the deBa’thification law, which in turn led them to be barred by the Independent High Electoral Commission from Iraq’s […]

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

Posted on | February 22, 2010

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

Posted on | February 20, 2010

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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Qualification of Parliamentary Candidates

Posted on | February 20, 2010

A candidate for election to the Council of Representatives must be an Iraqi (Article 49(2) of the Constitution) who is not permitted to combine the office with any work or other official position (Article 49(6)).

Article 6 of the Election Law No. 16 of 2005 states that:
A candidate must be a voter [i.e. registered […]

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Posted on | February 19, 2010

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. It describes itself as a Global Think Tank.
CEIP’s website has an excellent page on […]

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Is three a crowd?

Posted on | February 19, 2010

Reider Visser in The National on 18 February 2010 brings light to an underlooked raft of impending organisational changes to the governance of Iraq after the 7 March election.
Many of the transitional provisions contained in Section 6, Chapter 2 of the 2005 Constitution, commencing at Article 132, will no longer apply to […]

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UNAMI Human Rights Report 1 January 2009 – 30 June 2009

Posted on | February 18, 2010

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: