IHCHR Participates in Training Course on Documenting Torture and Sexual Violence & the Participants Confirms the need to Expedite Legislation of Anti-Torture Law

The IHCHR has participated in the work of virtual course organized by “Physicians for Human Rights Organization PHR ” on documenting torture and sexual violence as well as the role of workers in the legal sector in the documentation process and dealing with the victim, in addition to dealing with other sectors where the commission was represented by Dr. Ali Al Bayati and Mr. Faisal Abdulla , Members of the Board of Commissioners, and Mrs. Reem Abultimin from the criminal justice file in the commission.

This virtual course comes as part of training courses series held by the organization that were stopped due to the Corona pandemic, as the course includes a group of lawyers, legal advisors from the Iraqi parliament, representatives of the government and the Presidency of the Republic. The course touching upon the most important international agreements and protocols that regulate legal , judicial work and the forensic in dealing with cases of torture and sexual violence, in addition to discussing the most important national laws in Iraq and the laws to be enacted.

During the training workshop, the participants stressed the need to accelerate the legislation of Anti-Torture Law by the Iraqi parliament in order for the law to establish guidelines for the Iraqi institutions in dealing with torture cases.

IHCHR at International Electronic Seminar on Overseeing Detention Places: We are Concerned about Situation of Prisons & the Prevention of our Monitoring Visits by Iraqi government and the Lack of Alternative Means to Monitor them

The IHCHR has participated in the international electronic seminar held by the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions and in cooperation with the International Anti-Torture Association on “overseeing places of deprivation from the principle of ” not hurting ” in theory to practice” during the Covid 19 pandemic, where the Commission was represented by two members of the Board of Commissioners, Mr. Thamer Al-Shammari and Dr. Ali Al-Bayati.

During the seminar, the IHCHR representatives touched on the most important problems facing Iraqi prisons and detention centers such as overcrowding, poor infrastructure and health services , as well as the inability to apply social distancing in them, and therefore there is fear that they will turn into hotbed for Coronavirus.

The Commission also praised the measures taken by the Supreme Judicial Council and the Iraqi government for the release of approximately (16,000) accused person and (1,000) sentenced, including (50) juveniles, for the purpose of reducing overcrowding and addressing the issue, in addition to the communication between the inmates and families through contacts, although not being circulated in all prisons.

At the same time, the Commission stressed in the seminar that the prison supervision and detention center is a legal power within the functions of the commission and stipulated in its Law No. 53 of 2008, but it was taken from it by the government committee concerned to combat Corona at the beginning of the health crisis in Iraq, where the Commission considers that the procedure, even in order to maintain the safety of inmates and employees, but finding an alternative to this oversight is very important, such as communicating through contacts and social media periodically between IHCHR teams and inmates, detainees to prevent abuse.

The Commission has confirmed, through its representatives in the seminar, that the IHCHR has demanded the competent authorities, from the beginning , to give this file the importance and not neglect it, whether on the level of epidemiological examination and diagnosis or treatment with isolation and other procedures of sterilization and preventive means.

“IHCHR Discusses with Ministry of Displacement and Migration providing new procedures to return displaced persons to their areas”

IHCHR delegation, headed by the Deputy Head of the commission, Mr. Ali M. Al-Shammari and the membership of Dr. Ali Al-Bayati ,met with Mr. Nofal B. Moussa, the minister of Displacement and Migration.

The meeting discussed a number of issues of common interest that ensure the return of displaced persons to areas where they were displaced in coordination with all relevant ministries.

Al-Shammari explained that the Minister of Migration and Displacement, has graciously approved IHCHR ‘s proposal on adopting new mechanism for the return of displaced persons in the camps south of Ninewa to their original areas and allow them to take all the property they have obtained after their displacement (Tent and personal belongings), and continuing to provide food basket for them to facilitate the procedures of voluntary return.

Al-Bayati, said that the delay in returning the displaced persons to their areas caused a lot of psychological pressure and isolation to them, in addition to that they subjected to difficult economic conditions that cause damage to them and their families.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides stressed the need to continue exchanging visits and official reports in particular

IHCHR Participates in “Right of Citizenship Usurped from Faily Kurds” Workshop

Under the auspices of the UNAMI Human Rights Office, a workshop was held in Baghdad on May 29, 2019 at the UNAMI office on the most important recommendations made by the Committee on Follow-up to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) ratified by Iraq. The workshop focused on Faily Kurds’ rights and the most important recommendations for them made by the Committee to Iraq in January 2018.

Ms. Danielle Bell, Director of the UMAMI Human Rights Office opened the workshop and reaffirmed the Mission’s interest in working with the relevant partners to ensure that all the Geneva recommendations on (CERD) to Iraq are implemented and that the rights of all Iraqis are guaranteed.

For his part, the IHCHR member Dr. Ali al-Bayati stressed that the Commission has full consideration to the file against discrimination in Iraq and follow-up all the recommendations of international committees, which contribute to strengthening democracy and promoting human rights.

Dr. Al Bayati assured the readiness of the Commission to follow up the implementation of the UN recommendations in all its steps with the governmental executive authorities and to receive complaints from citizens and organizations of the Faily Kurdish community and all other minorities then refer them to the official and judicial authorities.

During the workshop, which was attended by representatives of the Faily Kurds from parliamentarians, government figures, civil society activists and journalists, detailed discussion on the most important obstacles facing the Faily Kurds to obtain the national ID card, the possibility of developing a national strategy to remove these obstacles and difficulties, in addition to the inclusion of stakeholders in the procedures for the granting of Iraqi nationality usurped from the Faily Kurds had been conducted.

This workshop comes within the framework of a series of the IHCHR activities on the file against discrimination in Iraq. The Commission submited its periodic report on the Convention against Discrimination in November 2018 to the treaty committee on the Convention. The most important violations that occurred in Iraq within the framework of the Convention had been documented. The IHCHR works in partnership with international agencies and national institutions to ensure the implementation of the Geneva recommendations.

IHCHR meets with UNITAD to discus documentation& investigation efforts

On Sunday 19 June 2019, the IHCHR delegation, represented by the members of the Commission, Dr. Ali Al-Bayati and Dr. Faten Al-Hilfy, met with the International Team formed in accordance with Security Council Resolution no. (2379) concerning the investigation and documentation of Daesh crimes at the Team headquarters in Baghdad.

At the beginning of the meeting, the delegation congratulated Dr. Salama Al-Khafaji on the position of the Head of the Iraqi National Team, wishing her success in her work.

The delegation addressed many of the crimes committed by Daesh terrorist gangs in Iraq, calling for the need to expedite the completion of the team’s tasks according to the international authorization, especially with regard to mass graves and laying the foundations for the prosecution of criminals.

Dr. Al-Bayati referred to many crimes committed by Daesh gangs against the Turkmen in Iraq, including the mass graves in Tal Afar; the kidnapping of more than (1,000) Turkmen, half of them are women, girls and children; and the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands in June 2016, in addition to discussing the details of chemical-weapon attack Against the Turkmen in Taza Khurmatu, the siege of civilians in Amerli and other crimes carried out by these gangs.

The Team also discussed the importance of relying on the testimony of survivors of Daesh crimes, whether those from the abductees or the survivors of Speicher, Badush and other crimes.

At the end of the meeting, the International Team called on the need for communication and cooperation to achieve common goals and justice in Iraq.

Al-Bayati Discusses Terrorism Crimes Documentation with Delegation of Al-Alawiya Holy Shrine

The member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, Dr. Ali Al-Bayati. Discussed with a delegation of Al-Alawiya Holy Shrine the documentation of terrorism crimes in Iraq at various stages.

At the beginning of the meeting, the delegation pointed out that the Shrine has a project to prepare a comprehensive Encyclopedia to document terrorism crimes since 2003, especially the stage of Daesh entrance and the declaration of Fatwa Al-Jihad , Indicating that the Shrine seeks to include statistics and data issued by the official institutions into Encyclopedia in order to ensure its credibility as a reliable source adopted by future generations.

In turn, Al-Bayati welcomed the initiative due to the importance of documentation in providing redress to the victims and informing the generations with the size of those violations to prevent recurrence in the future, confirming IHCHR readiness to provide the Encyclopedia with data, research and statistics as well as support it to be a reliable database.

During the meeting, Al-Bayati expressed his desire to expand the framework of cooperation between the Commission and the Shrine in the field of awareness and education in relation to negative phenomena in society such as drugs and begging, pointing to the importance of benefiting from the role of religious institutions and their impact in society in addressing these phenomena, which requires concerted efforts of all governmental institutions and NGOs.

Seminar on Ways to Combat the Phenomena of Firing Shots and Drug Abuse

Under the auspices of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights and the supervision of the office of the commissioner Dr. Ali Akram Al-Bayati, a seminar on (ways to combat the phenomena of firing shots and the spread of the scourge of drugs) was hold at the headquarters of the Commission in cooperation with the Senate of the clans of Sadr City and the Ministry of Interior on Sunday 3/2/2019.

Dr. Al Bayati started the seminar welcoming all participants, and stressed that holding of this event comes in the framework of the exercising of the oversight, education and coordination role of the Commission among all institutions to protect and promote rights and freedoms through various programs which deal directly with citizens and society. This event was attended by the IHCHR Deputy Head, Mr. Ali A. Al-Shammari, and member of the Board of Commissioners, Judge Mushriq Naji.

The IHCHR Deputy Head called on all the sheikhs of Sadr City clans to sign a charter for cooperation and support the competent security agencies to eliminate these phenomena and to reject the perpetrators and promoters and bring them to the competent bodies to receive their penal.

The member of the Board of Commissioners, Judge Mushriq Naji, in turn stressed that the drugs are no less dangerous than Daesh because it plagues the society, kills its members and destroy the economy of the country, accordingly addressing this phenomenon requires a serious stand of all, noting that the Commission identified the causes of the outbreak of this phenomenon, conducted statistics for all provinces and met with detainees convicted by drugs cases. The IHCHR is in the process of holding a conference next month to review all indicators, statistics and recommendations to reduce this phenomenon.

For his part, Major General Mut’eb al-Shammari, Director of Tribal Affairs in the Ministry of Interior, stressed the continues work with tribal sheikhs and other community figures to reduce negative phenomena. These joint efforts has succeeded in reducing the phenomenon of tribal dakka (threatening with firing shots), especially after the judicial authorities ordered to punish the perpetrators according to the Anti-terrorism law.

Major General, Ali Al Ghurairi, the Baghdad Police Chief, pointed out that the competent bodies in the Ministry of Interior are exerting great efforts to combat the negative phenomena in the society, but their elimination is entirely dependent on the cooperation of the members of the society with the various State institutions. The Brigadier Jasim Al-Gharrawi, the Director of Combating Drugs Department, reviewed the efforts of the security services in the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers and traffickers and trace their networks to refer them to the judiciary, indicating that openness to the world and security and social conditions contributed to the growth of this phenomenon and the increasing numbers of drug abusers and addicts of both sexes and of all ages.

The Chairman of the former Committee on Security and Defense, Mr. Hakim al-Zamily, said that the CoR has enacted many laws related to the subject of the seminar, including the Weapons Law No. (51) of 2017 and the Drug Act No. (50) of 2017 that include penalties up to the death punishment, but there is a problem in applying and dealing with these laws, Pointing out that the spread of some phenomena in society, including the drug abuse, are supported by external agendas and schemes targeting youth energies in the country.

The representative of Al-Sadr City Senate, Sheikh Saddam Zamil Al-Atwani, confirmed in turn that protecting society from these phenomena is a national duty of all, especially tribal sheikhs, and they should be backing the security services to support them in enforcing the law and eliminating phenomena.

The Manager of the Education Department in the Commission, Mr. Mahdi Hasan, talked about the efforts of the Commission in the field of raising awareness and education in cooperation with State institutions and civil society organizations.

The seminar included the opening of dialogue and discussion on the two phenomena to exchange and develop ideas on ways to deal with these phenomena and behaviors and eliminate them before concluding with the distribution of plaques and certificates of appreciation to the participants.

Dr. Al-Bayati: We Seek to Establish a Widespread Health Observation Network with the Partnership of NGOs

The IHCHR member, Dr. Ali Al-Bayati, confirmed the Commission’s efforts to establish a network in coordination with other regulatory bodies and civil society organizations to monitor the health and environmental situation, to ensure the right of citizens to health care and the availability of the underlying determinants of health as provided for by domestic and international legislation.

He said during a meeting with a number of civil society organizations working in the field of health and environment “The Commission’s doors are open to cooperate with organizations in monitoring the human rights situation, especially with regard to the right to health and environment file, stressing the Commission’s efforts to establish a Widespread Health Observation Network in cooperation with other regulatory bodies and civil society organizations working in direct contact with citizens.

Dr. Al-Bayati stressed the necessity of focusing on the awareness aspect through making citizen aware of his rights to health care, aware of the culture of lodging a complaint and how to follow the legal frameworks to get his rights. He also underlined the importance of strengthening the oversight aspect to ensure protection of these rights.

For their part, the NGOs appreciated the invitation of the Commission for this meeting and expressed their readiness to expand cooperation with it in the oversight and coordination aspects with the IHCHR monitoring teams, and to participate in the events and campaigns organized by the Commission in this respect.