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By Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim August 16   BAGHDAD — Iraq’s former prime minister may face criminal charges for his role in the fall of Mosul to Islamic State militants last summer after an investigation named him among officials responsible. Nouri al-Maliki, currently one of the country’s three vice presidents, is among dozens of officials named in a parliamentary report on why the city fell with so little resistance, members of the investigation committee said Sunday. He has been widely blamed for allowing corruption to…
(CNN)A report approved Monday by the Iraqi parliament blames the country's former Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, and other senior officials for the fall of the northern city of Mosul in 2014. The report will be submitted to the judicial branch of government for possible legal action. Mosul, a city of more than 1 million people about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Baghdad, is one of the most important cities in northern Iraq. Its fall to the terrorist group ISIS was followed by…
OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia 14 August 2015 – The United Nations human rights office has welcomed the Government of Iraq's response to mass protests against corruption and social inequality which crippled the country's capital earlier this month. Addressing a press briefing in Geneva this morning, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), lauded the Government's adoption of a reform package aimed at advancing “concrete steps” to reinforce the rule of law,…
It’s believed militant suspects including minors are “severely tortured” at the centres Reuters GENEVA - A UN human rights watchdog called on Iraq on Friday to close what it described as secret detention centres where militant suspects, including minors, are “severely tortured”.The panel of 18 independent experts, who reviewed Iraq’s record in preventing torture and ill-treatment last month, had challenged Iraqi officials to name a single person the country had jailed for torture in a justice system that had “gone…
BAGHDAD | BY AHMED RASHEED AND SAIF HAMEED  REUTERS Iraq's prime minister dismissed his cabinet secretary on Wednesday as part of an ambitious reform drive he said was under threat from corrupt politicians and Shi'ite militia leaders who use their armed followers for political ends. A year in office, Haider al-Abadi has launched the biggest overhaul of the political system since the end of U.S. military occupation, enacting a risky package of measures designed to enhance his own power and strip authority…
10 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall in Iraq is pushing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cut the amount of aid it delivers to nearly one million displaced people in the war-torn country, the Organization has confirmed. “Unfortunately, lack of funds and the rise in the number of displaced Iraqis forces us to reduce the size of the food rations we provide to tens of thousands of families living outside camps,” Jane Pearce, the WFP Representative…
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet on Sunday to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to reduce corruption and save money in the face of mounting unrest.After weeks of protests demanding better government and a call by leading Shi'ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for tougher action, Abadi proposed cancelling Iraq's multiple vice president and deputy prime minister positions, currently shared out along sectarian lines.Iraq has three vice presidents,…
By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Monday, 3 August 2015 Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs, Bahaa al-Aaraji, said the former government of Nouri al-Maliki has wasted around $1 trillion of public funds. “The former government (of Maliki) has wasted around $1 trillion. $800 billion came from Iraq’s oil budget since 2004 till 2014 while $200 billion came from donations and aid,” Aaraji told reporters on Friday according to a report by Asharq al-Awsat. “There are no final…
UN body member says Iraq's criminal law has no adequate definition of torture  BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government has denied allegations that it tortures prisoners after some Iraqi officials were questioned by a UN committee investigating suspected human rights abuses in the country's jails. Iraq's Interior Affairs Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said that reports by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other groups about Iraq lack the right facts. He said that Iraq has a strong judicial system…
Iraqi officials were challenged on Wednesday to name a single person the country had jailed for torture by a U.N. committee investigating suspected human rights abuses in a justice system that had "gone astray". "Is there anyone in Iraq in prison, sentenced for torturing another human being? Is there one person? Five? Ten?" the chairman of the U.N. Committee against Torture Claudio Grossman asked the Iraqi delegation. Another committee member, Alessio Bruni, said Iraq's criminal law had no adequate definition…
Thursday, 23 July 2015The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki’s remarks against Saudi Arabia, describing it as “irresponsible, false and heinous accusations that do not help to strengthen the Gulf-Iraqi relations,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Thursday.Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism during an interview with an Iraqi satellite channel earlier this month. He also called for Saudi Arabia to be placed under the international community’s custody.The GCC’s Secretary…

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