Articles for Iraq

Inadequate legislation pending before Iraq’s Council of Representatives

During its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 11, Iraq received nearly 300 recommendations from 111 states on issues including torture, enforced disappearances, and the application of the death penalty. States also used this opportunity to address the restrictions on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in view of the recent human rights violations that have been committed by security forces since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations on October 1.

Two draft laws currently pending before Iraq’s Council of Representatives risk further restricting fundamental freedoms in the country, MENA Rights Group says in appeal to UN Special Rapporteurs.
MENA Rights Group, in collaboration with a French criminal lawyer, have requested the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to ensure French nationals at risk of execution in Iraq be repatriated to their home country.
Thousands of individuals were killed after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked Speicher military training camp close to Tikrit in Iraq in June 2014. In addition, many of the victims who were abducted by government forces and accused of desertion, remain disappeared to date.
Families of 192 individuals disappeared from Al Razaza Checkpoint in Al Anbar in October 2014 continue to call on the Iraqi authorities to reveal their fate and whereabouts.
Should the “Law on Information Technology Crimes” be enacted in its current form, it would constitute a serious setback for freedom of expression in Iraq, and would establish a climate of self-censorship in the country.
Council of Representatives reintroduces flawed text for consideration