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Iraq bans alcoholic beverages
The Iraq Parliament approved a law "Forbidding the import, manufacture and sale of all kinds of alcohol drinks." Until this time, alcohol has been made readily available in shops, bars, restaurant and hotels in Baghdad and in some of the provinces o (More)
Iraq Protesters demand new government amid political reforms
People began protesting in Baghdad this weekend demanding a new government amid the third parliament session cancelled this week as officials discuss political reforms. The session of parliament was cancelled because the chambers could not be secure (More)
Iraq cabinet approves measures to reduce top positions, fight corruption
Iraq's cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal by Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi to reduce the number of top political positions, decrease spending, and restart a corruption investigation program. A vice presidential position currently held by former (More)
HRW: Syria, Iraq governments fueling Islamic extremism and must reform
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report , in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to (More)
Kurdistan: Time to Make Good on a 95-Year Old Promise
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountai (More)
Iraq election commission board collectively tenders resignation
The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference based on conflicting (More)
HRW: Iraq women being abused in detention
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 (More)
HRW: Killing of four Iraq SWAT members amounts to crimes against humanity
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. (More)
Iraq police arrest Sunni MP and protest supporter on terrorism charges
Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges along with hi (More)
Iraq high court rejects term limits law
Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament memb (More)
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