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Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Iraq's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law creating a national guard in a step toward achieving national unity. The Cabinet also approved a draft law reforming a previous ban on former Baath Party members becoming part of the government. This second draft law proved challenging to pass as … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference [Reuters report] based on conflicting parliamentary and judicial decisions excluding certain candidates from Iraq's upcoming election. Iraq's parliament and judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges [BBC report] along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were killed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Iraqi police forces on Friday alleged al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] is responsible for the bodies of 18 men found who had been abducted and shot in the head. The victims were taken from their houses [Reuters report] early on Friday morning by men in military uniforms, and among … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities on Thursday announced the execution of 42 people [press release, in Arabic] convicted on terrorism charges. The executions took place over the course of two days and bring the total number of executions in Iraq this year to 132. The government of Iraq has been resorting to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Iraq Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Monday reported the execution [press release, in Arabic] of 15 men and two women convicted of terrorism. The individuals were convicted under Article 4 [text, PDF] of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which requires a sentence of death for any who … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Protests in Syria began as candlelight vigils in early February 2011, a sympathetic response to the escalating rebellion in Egypt. HRW released the first reports of violence against demonstrators on February 9, 2011, and stated that Syrian activists were urging civilians to request more freedoms from their government. Protests by … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

While the Syrian conflict began during the Arab Spring of 2011, it was fueled by decades of political oppression. On March 6, 2011, schoolchildren, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Libya, graffitied anti-Bashir al-Assad messages on several buildings in Daraa. After Syrian police arrested the children, protests erupted in Daraa … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday condemned [press release] Iraq's execution of 21 prisoners this week, urging the country's compliance with international human rights obligations. Pillay expressed dismay with the numbers of executions carried out in Iraq, noting that the country's criminal … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted [CNN report] under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq has been widely criticized … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet announced an amendment to the De-Baathification law on Monday that would allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq must not push blindly forward in its goal of de-Ba'athification, but rather consider the harm that such absolute changes pose to fairness and process ...Last month, a special panel of Iraq's highest appellate court … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Iraqi judicial panel has rejected the Justice and Accountability Committee's recent decision to remove chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud from office. The Committee decided remove al-Mahmoud [JURIST report] last over alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The judicial panel, which reviews decisions made … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Iraq's Justice and Accountability Committee announced Thursday that the country's chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud has been been removed from his office over ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The committee, which is responsible for removing former Baath party members, explained [AP report] that Wednesday's … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A draft Iraqi cybercrime law would violate the international standards protecting due process, freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The Information Crimes Law, which had its first reading before the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Persian] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Former Interior Minister of Iraq Mahmoud Thiab al-Ahmed, who served under former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], was released from prison on Tuesday after serving an eight-year sentence for his part in draining the marshes in Southern Iraq. Saddam had accused people living in the marsh areas [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Iraqi government has executed Abid Hamid Mahmud, a former bodyguard and secretary of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], an official from the Iraqi Justice Ministry said Thursday. Mahmud was sentenced to death [JURIST report] by hanging in 2010 alongside former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Iraq's human rights situation remains fragile [press release], the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. Iraq is currently transitioning from a decade-long dictatorship and its underlying armed conflict and violence to a peaceful democratic system. UNAMI recognized some improvements towards such a system, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the likely outcome of the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq is a backslide into sectarian violence resulting in the split into smaller states based on ethnoreligious geography...The official drawdown of US forces in Iraq yesterday, December … [read more]

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