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Iraq government temporarily closes Abu Ghraib prison
April 16, 2014
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official r....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

Understanding the Problems in Iraq's Shi'i Draft Personal Status Law
March 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Perso....... [more]

Iraq election commission board collectively tenders resignation
March 27, 2014
The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference based on conflicting parliamentary and judicial decisions excluding certain candidates from Iraq's upcoming elect....... [more]

UN report shows increase in asylum claims to industrialized countries
March 22, 2014
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan....... [more]

HRW: Iraq women being abused in detention
February 7, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the internationa....... [more]

HRW: Killing of four Iraq SWAT members amounts to crimes against humanity
February 6, 2014
Human Rights Watch claimed Wednesday that the execution-style killing of four Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) counter-terrorism forces members is the latest indication of a systematic murder campaign amounting to crimes against humanity. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a grou....... [more]

Iraq executes eleven prisoners convicted of terrorist activity
January 24, 2014
The Iraq Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday the execution by hanging of 11 Iraqi prisoners convicted of terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people. These executions come mere days after the country's execution of 26 Iraqi nationals, also for terrorist related offenses. Thursday's acts bring....... [more]

Iraq officials execute 26 convicted of terrorism offenses
January 21, 2014
The Iraq Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday the execution of 26 Iraqi nationals for terrorism related offenses. A statement from the Ministry website said the executions took place on Sunday. Human rights groups have long opposed the use of capital punishment in Iraq and the overarching legal....... [more]

UK officials accused of Iraq war crimes
January 13, 2014
Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) on Sunday filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging that UK government and military officials engaged in "systematic" war crimes during the war in Iraq. According to....... [more]

Syria, Iraq, Egypt deadliest nations for journalists: report
December 31, 2013
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a report Tuesday finding Syria the most dangerous nation in the world for journalists, with Egypt and Iraq just behind. The CPJ's report found that of the estimated 70 journalists killed worldwide in 2013, 29 were in Syria. Egypt and Iraq, countri....... [more]


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