dimanche 27 octobre 2013

IILHR Report: Iraq’s Minorities and Other Vulnerable Groups: Legal Framework, Documentation and Human Rights

Institute for International Law & Human Rights (IILHR) Report


The Institute for International Law and Human Rights has developed a comprehensive report examining the de jure and de facto situation of Iraq’s minority components and other vulnerable populations to support the assessment of asylum claims within countries to which Iraqi refugees apply for protection, and to complement other resources on Iraq’s vulnerable populations.

Iraq’s Minorities and Other Vulnerable Groups: Legal Framework, Documentation, and Human Rights provides an overview of key human rights, documentation, and legal challenges common to many minority components in today’s Iraq, including minority women, and suggests targeted recommendations to the central government, the Kurdish Regional Government, and the international community. It then provides information on how Iraqi identity documents are processed and the requirements for issuance of documents including birth certificates, passports, and national identity cards, drawing from the Iraqi Foreign Ministry’s Consular Handbook and other sources. The book then offers an analysis of Iraq’s legal framework as it relates to citizenship, personal status, criminalized behavior, voluntary return to Iraq, and issues specific to particular components.
Finally, the report provides detailed information on the situation of 16 Iraqi components and vulnerable groups, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex persons. Details on ethno-religious minorities and other populations include historical background, approximate demographics, security situation, human rights challenges, humanitarian situation, diaspora and returnees, and the situation of women and children.

Click below for the English and Arabic versions of the full report.

See page 141 to 146 for TURKMEN 

Note: On page 146 under DIASPORA AND RETURNEES, Europe Turkmen Friendships is cited among the Turkmen Diaspora organizations who assist to monitor the human rights and security situation of Turkmen within Iraq and the plight of Turkmen refugees around the world.


ITF EU representative Dr Hassan Aydinli attended the Book Launch hosted by Mrs. Ana Gomes, MEP at the EU PARLIAMENT

Iraq’s Minorities and Other Vulnerable Groups: Legal Framework, Documentation and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 1st 2013


MEP Ana Gomes, former Iraq rapporteur, welcomed the participants 

The event was attended by:
Mr. William Spencer, Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR)
Mr. Marino Busdachin, UNPO
Mr. Nicolo Figa Salamanca, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ)
Mr. Nicola Giovanni, Brussels Office Director IILHR
Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU representative
Representatives from the Iraqi Embassy in Brussels
Representatives from the KRG in Brussels
Representatives of  Iraq Minorities Groups 
UNPO staff
Representatives of HR Groups

Mr. William Spencer said that this report is the result of a research and documentation effort that seeks to capture and describe the current situation and ongoing challenges Iraqi minorities and other vulnerable populations face. The report provides an overview of the current conditions facing minority communities and vulnerable populations within Iraq, as well as useful information on Iraq’s legal and regulatory framework as it relates to citizenship, nationality, and identity documentation.

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