Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Iraqi Human Rights Commission in the works

Plans for the first Human Rights Commission in Iraq will be submitted to the Iraqi parliament within the next month. The proposed commission will include nine members selected by parliament, and, while it will be independent in its operational scope, its activities will be monitored by the legislative body.
The Human Rights Commission will be charged with investigating and providing remedy for pervasive human rights violations against the people of Iraq by members of the insurgency movement and by foreign bodies currently operating in the country.
In March 2006, the UN Human Rights Office held a workshop with government leaders and members of Iraq’s civil society to assist with the drafting the details of the human rights commission. According to Radio Free Europe, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, expressed her optimism regarding the Iraqi commission saying that its establishment would “expose human rights violations and help Iraqis build a culture of human rights.”

Full article provided by Washington Kurdish Institute through Agence France Presse.
For article on the UN, click here.


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