new iraqi govt brings back old govt’s unpopular freedom of expression law

When the last Iraqi PM, Nouri al-Maliki, was in power, his government introduced a law on freedom of expression and assembly. But it never passed because so many activists were vehemently opposed to it. Despite this, new PM Haider al-Abadi’s new government is considering the law again. by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more

ninawa lawyers boycott law, insist on relocation of special terrorism court

Ninawa’s lawyers have boycotted proceedings for almost two weeks now. They are demanding that a special court for terrorist offenders, which was recently relocated to an army barracks, be brought back to a neutral location. It\'s yet another result of the power struggle between different factions in the troubled region. And as a result, around 3,000 detainees have not had their cases heard. by Special Correspondent in Mosul more

controversial new law proposes one court for shia, another for sunni

Last week Iraq’s Minister of Justice announced two new, potential laws that will impact on how ordinary Iraqis divorce, marry and inherit. Supporters of the laws say they should be free to choose whether they want to be judged in a religious court. But opponents of the laws say that by splitting the country in half in legal terms, already heated sectarian tensions will only be inflamed further. by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more

groundbreaking new laws take power from pm, give to provinces

Shortly after provincial elections that saw Iraq’s PM lose sway in many parts of the country, parliament has struck another blow against their controversial leader. Laws giving provincial authorities more power and more money than ever were passed late last week. by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more

cooking up kurdish constitution to stay in power?

Iraqi Kurdistan’s PM is demanding the regional Constitution be finalised. In 2009, everyone agreed with him. In 2013, everyone – including his political allies – believes he’s manipulating the national document for his own ends. by Hiwa Barznjy in Erbil more

iraq’s extremists impose agenda on local media

Recently gangs that allegedly follow Shiite Muslim cleric, Mahmoud al-Sarkhi, attacked four Baghdad newspapers because they didn’t like what the papers had written. How did they get through central city checkpoints? Iraqi journalists want to know. by Special Correspondent in Baghdad more

wrongful dismissal: sacked ninawa judges won’t be government ‘tools’

A decision by the commission ensuring members of Saddam Hussein’s party don’t get into powerful positions in modern Iraq has caused controversy. It says 32 Ninawa judges must leave their jobs. Two of those judges are deceased; the rest say they’re not budging. by Abdullah Salem in Mosul more

from under the bed, into living room: iraqi govt legalises guns

A new law states Iraqis may now own one gun per household. But is the state simply formalising a ‘Wild West’ gun culture that already exists? Or signing hundreds more Iraqis’ death warrants? by Mustafa Habib in Baghdad more

new cyber crimes law: life in prison for visiting the wrong website

Iraq is about to introduce a new law to cover the cyber world. Authorities hope it will help fight terrorism. Critics say when ordinary Internet users could face of life in prison, it goes too far – and curbs freedom of expression. by Khaled Waleed in Baghdad more

kurdish opposition opinions: boycotts, bouquets and baghdad versus erbil

NIQASH talks to the spokesperson for Iraqi Kurdistan’s main opposition party, the Change Movement, about the worsening relationship between Erbil and Baghdad, the flight of Iraq’s VP to their region and why they boycotted their parliament recently. by Zanko Ahmad in Sulaymaniyah more
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