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Iraq: The Presidential Council Approves the Provincial Election Law

(Oct. 22, 2008) On September 24, 2008, the Iraqi Presidential Council signed the amended Provincial Election Law into law after a parliamentary debate on the legislation that resulted in the modification of article 24 of the Law. Although Iraqi legislators had previously passed the Provincial Election Law, the Presidential Council vetoed it and sent it […]

Iraq: U.S. Forces and the Iraqi Government Succeed in Implementing the General Amnesty Law

(Sept. 25, 2008) Since the enactment of the General Amnesty Law on March 3, 2008, by the Iraqi Parliament, the United States forces in Iraq began the process of releasing Iraqis being detained in Camp Cropper (a detention site in Baghdad for high-profile detainees)and Camp Bucca (a holding facility in southern Iraq). As part of […]

Iraq: HNDBC Allows More Former Members of the Baath Party to Rejoin Civil Service

(Sept. 10, 2008) On August 20, 2008, as part of the implementation of the Accountability and Justice Law, originally enacted on February 14, 2008, the Higher National De-Baathification Commission (HNDBC) allowed 1,000 former members of the Baath Party to join the civil service in the province of Najaf in southern Iraq. The newly enacted Law […]

Iraq: Maliki Statement on Ending Terrorism

(July 2, 2008) In June 2008, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said that a deep understanding of the Islamic religion and law will lead to ending terrorism and that religious leaders are at the forefront of this endeavor. If they properly assume their duties, Maliki stated, they will be a support to the government […]

Iraq: Kurdistan Criminalizes Misuse of Communication Devices

(June 2, 2008) On May 19, 2008, the National Council (parliament) of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq unanimously adopted a law to punish those who use cellular telephones to annoy or cause harm to other persons. The law provides for punishment of six months to five years of imprisonment or a fine of from one […]

Iraq: Trial of Tariq Aziz

(June 2, 2008) On May 20, 2008, an Iraqi special tribunal began the trial of seven former officials of the Saddam Hussein regime. Among the defendants is the well known former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz. The case involves the executions of 42 merchants hours after their arrest and quick trial in […]

Iraq: Collective Executive Council

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 18, 2008, Iraq announced the establishment of "the Executive Council for the Administration of the State" or, as described by Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani, "the collective leadership." In an address to a delegation from Anbar Province, Talibani said that the members of the Council agreed on the formation of the […]

Iraq: Iraqi Official Admits the Use of Violence

(Dec. 2, 2007) General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior in Iraq, admitted that some officers in his Ministry had used violence to extract confessions from those accused of committing crimes, but without the knowledge of people in high positions. He added that the Ministry of the Interior has what he […]