February 3, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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]
April 8, 2013
by Peter Snyder
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 to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs to rejoin ...[read more]
February 19, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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 last over alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party. The judicial panel, which reviews decisions made by ...[read more]
February 14, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
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. The committee, which is responsible for removing former Baath party members, explained that Wednesday's ...[read more]
January 12, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On January 12, 2008, the Iraqi parliament approved a bill allowing members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party not charged with crimes to be reinstated to public life. The Iraqi De-Baathification Commission had forced the removal of almost 30,000 members of the party from public office. ...[read more]
August 3, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 3, 2010, the Iraqi High Criminal Court announced that it had sentenced several senior officials of Saddam Hussein's government. Mezban Khadar Hadi, who was a leader in the Baath Party, was sentenced to death for draining the country's marshlands in an effort end Shiite resistance in the ...[read more]
July 25, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Syrian government on Sunday approved a draft law that would allow the formation of political parties to oppose the ruling Baath Party, led by President Bashar al-Assad. The law would permit a political party to be established so long as it is not based on religious or tribal lines and does ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 7, 2010, an Iraqi appeals panel ruled that 500 mostly Sunni politicians accused of ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party could stand in the 2010 parliamentary elections, reversing an earlier ruling. In its ruling, which was handed down as hundreds protested in Baghdad, the court stated ...[read more]
February 3, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 3, 2008, the Iraqi Presidency Council announced the approval of legislation allowing most former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to be reinstated to public life despite disagreement among the three-member council. The Accountability and Justice Law, passed by the Iraqi ...[read more]
May 17, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The appeals court for Iraq's Justice and Accountability Commission on Monday overturned a ban on nine newly elected members of parliament accused of having ties to the banned Baath Party .The ad hoc commission was created to eliminate Iraqi officials with potential connections to regime of ...[read more]

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