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Group photo: From Left to Right: Aqueel Easa Abid; Alison Stables (EU); Yousif Najim Abdullah; Shaker Abdulrazaq Mashkour; Dave Bramley (EU); Haider Malik( Director of Basra Central Prison); Khalid Ahmad Thujeel; Baha’a Mahdi Salih; Haider Abdulrazaq Mashkour; Adil Mohammad Najim; Yakoup Yousef (EU)

ISAP Accreditation in Basra

25/09/2013

On 25 September seven ICS staff from Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS) Southern Region received accreditation as trainers in ISAP (International Standards Audit Programme) and recognised competencies to conduct training in Prison Leadership and Prisoner Classification.

Haider Malik, Alison Stables and Yakoup Yosif

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Penitentiary Expert, Alison Stables visited Basra Central Prison in Basra

06/08/2013

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Penitentiary Expert, Alison Stables, visited Basra Central Prison (BCP) in Basra where she met with Iraqi Correctional Service Director Haider Malik, formerly the Director of Al Maqil prison in Basra.

Penitentiary course on leadership in prisons

11/06/2013

On 23 October EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed a one-week penitentiary course on leadership in prisons, held in Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region. The course was attended by ten high-level prison officials including Director General Ahmed of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – the prison service in Kurdistan – and six prison directors from Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Dohuk. 

(from left) Dr. K. Murphy, Human Rights and Gender expert; Judge H. Aziz, co-trainer on EUJUST LEX-Iraq Domestic Violence courses; Q. Abdullah, legal adviser to the Ministry of Womens’ Affairs; and Prof. A. Girginov, Head of the EUJUST LEX Judiciary Team

Appreciation for EUJUST LEX-Iraq

14/04/2013

In March, on the request of the Iraqi Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the EUJUST LEX-Iraq Judiciary team prepared a comprehensive commentary with specific recommendations on draft amendments to the Iraqi Penal Code. The English text was edited by the Human Rights and Gender group.

Trafficking in Persons course in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

18/02/2013

EUJUST LEX-Iraq gave a two-day awareness course about Trafficking in Persons to 16 Police Officers in Erbil on 17 and 18 February 2013. The course was cross-sector, led by the Police team from EJL-I’s Erbil Field Office, Jan-Willem Wieman and Jésus Suarez Benedicto, together with Margareta Krook, a Human Rights & Gender advisor from Baghdad.

A participant receiving his certificate from EJL-I Head of Mission, László Huszár, watched by Judge Fathi al-Juari and EJL-I judiciary team leader Anton Girginov

“Train-the-Trainers” course on International Judicial Cooperation

14/02/2013

On 14 February 2013 the EUJUST LEX-Iraq (EJL-I) Judiciary team concluded its comprehensive “train-the-trainers” course on International Judicial Cooperation in criminal matters by doing its third and final stage at the Judicial Development Institute in Baghdad. The course started on 1st October 2013.

Haider Malik receiving a special coin for his first role as ISAP co-Trainer from Alison Stables. Matti Virkunnen looks on

Firs joint training in the International Standards Audit Programm (ISAP)

31/01/2013

EUJUST-LEX Expert in Rule of Law, Penitentiary, Basra Antenna, Alison Stables and Haider Malik, Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS) Prison Governor in Basra, conducted the first joint EU/ICS training in the International Standards Audit Programme (ISAP) from the 27th to 31st January 2013.

Head of Erbil Field Office, Lena Larsson, at the closing ceremony

“Prisoner Classification” Course in Iraqi Kurdistan

23/01/2013

From 20 to 23 January 2013, EUJUST LEX-Iraq conducted its fourth, in a series of four, course on “Prisoner Classification” for nine Kurdish Region (KR) Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) Correctional Service participants. The course took place in the European Technology & Training Centre (ETTC) in Nawroz Quarter, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.

EUJUST LEX-Iraq publishes a new Legal Manual

22/12/2012

The mission has published and distributed, though the office of the Iraqi Chief Justice, a manual about the Preparation of Outgoing Requests from Iraq for International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal matters. This manual explains how Iraqi authorities should approach other countries in order to successfully achieve the extradition of some wanted person or some necessary pieces of evidence in a manner to get them as valid and eventually, admissible in an Iraqi court. It also clarifies what may be expected from other countries and their criminal justice systems. It recommends ways and methods to overcome potential hurdles and resolve potential problems with foreign countries that are likely to arise in the process of international judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

Course in combating human trafficking

07/12/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq has conducted another course on combating human trafficking. This was the fifth course of its kind. The course took place in Baghdad attended by 10 senior professionals from the High Judicial Council, and seven high ranking police officers from various Ministry of the Interior (MoI) police and security agencies and three members from the newly established anti-trafficking Central Committee. 

(centre, blue tie) EJL-I police expert Jesús Suárez Benedicto at the presentation ceremony, with (on the right) French Police Attaché Commissaire Divisionnaire Thierry Martin

“Illegal Immigration and Counterfeited Documents” course

06/12/2012

From 2 to 6 December, EUJUST LEX-Iraq, in cooperation with the French National Police, conducted an “Illegal Immigration and Counterfeited Documents” course for 21 specialist police officers from Erbil and Suleimaniyah (as well as two civilian employees of the French consulate) in Erbil’s International Airport. Two visiting expert trainers from the French National Police, Olivier Piel and Jean-Charles Haine, deliveredthe course.

Course on Leadership in prisons

30/11/2012

On 30 November EJL-I closed a penitentiary course on Leadership in prisons. The course was held in the Iraq Energy City in Basra and included 14 high potential officials from the Iraqi correctional system.

Visit by the Italian High Judicial Council to Iraq

27/11/2012

An important visit if the Italian High Judicial Council to meet with their Iraqi counterparts was heavily supported by EUJUST LEX-Iraq, and especially by the Italian member of our Judiciary team, Maria Grazia Benedetti. 

Closing ceremony for a “train the investigative trainer” course in Erbil

22/11/2012

On 22 November the closing ceremony for a “train the investigative trainer” course for the Kurdistan Region Police took place at the Police College in Erbil.

Second “Prisoner Classification” Course

14/11/2012

On the 11th until 14th November EUJUST LEX-Iraq conducted the second, in a series of three, courses on “Prisoner Classification” for 15 Iraqi Correctional Service participants.  Five Prison Directors, Eight Deputy Directors, one Social Researcher and the Chief of Staff from the Deputy Minister of Justice Office attended the course.  The course took place in Iraq Energy City in Basra, and the remaining course for Prisoner Classification will take place in Erbil, Kurdistan.

Two penitentiary experts from EUJUST-LEX Iraq, Johan Molinder (2nd from left, rear, in photo) and Helle Kjolstad (2nd from right, rear), delivered the course.

DIOGOL Course in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan

13/11/2012

On 13 November EUJUST LEX- Iraq completed a penitentiary course on Leadership in prisons. The course was held in Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan and included eight high officials from the prison system in that region.

Bosnia and Herzegovina example: valid for Iraq

13/11/2012

On 13 November in Erbil, in response to a request from the Judges Union in Kurdistan, the EUJUST LEX judiciary team delivered to a group of local judges a series of lectures on the criminal justice systems of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bulgaria and Hungary. The EUJUST LEX lecturers, judiciary team leader Anton Girginov and judiciary expert Adam Viplak, focused on BiH with Republika Srpska (RS) as its autonomous entity given their similarity to Iraq with its Kurdistan region. The attending judges learnt that until 2003 the criminal justice systems in BiH were like the criminal justice system of Iraq.

Maria Grazia Benedetti with Uli Schiefelbein with State Secretary Krems, instructors and participants in the EUJUST LEX Iraq Course in Nordrhein-Westfalen

DOLCE Course in Germany

09/11/2012

From 5 to 9 November 2012 a group of Kurdish - Iraqi justice experts visited North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany to study the effective use of modern technologies in the field of justice. State Secretary Karl-Heinz Krems greeted the visitors at the Justice Department in Dusseldorf. 

Anton Girginov, Head of the Judiciary Team at EUJUST LEX-Iraq (seated right) and Dave Bramley, Head of Office at the Basra Antenna (seated left) with participants in the Course on obtaining legal assistance from abroad.

Course on obtaining legal assistance from abroad

08/11/2012

From 4 to 8 November in Basra, the EUJUST LEX judiciary team conducted its first five - day training course, in a series of three, on obtaining different forms of legal assistance from abroad. The EJL international experts, Anton Girginov and Adam Viplak, together with local expert Judge Ali, delivered lectures to 13 Iraqi judges, public prosecutors and police officers from the southern part of Iraq on the preparation of: requests for extradition, requests for international transfer of prisoners and requests for transfer of criminal cases to foreign countries.

Falah Mahdi Salih (seated on left) and Ali Aboud Najem (next, in yellow shirt) with course participants and EJL Experts Alison Stables (next) and, at rear, William Irvine (2nd from left) and Matti Virkunnen (4th from left)

ISAP Course in Baghdad

08/11/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq’s International Standards Audit Programme (ISAP) Course for senior prison management has been run for the first time in Baghdad. EUJUST LEX’s ISAP was introduced as a pilot project. It is a system of auditing whereby every aspect of the prison administration is examined: accommodation, bedding, food, security, and medical care, exercise, visitors and discipline – and so on – to identify gaps which need to be filled and problems that need to be solved.

Deputy Director General of the Iraqi Correctional Service, Mr. Raed Jadar (in the middle)

Course on the classification of prisoners

24/10/2012

On 21-24 EJL-I conducted its first course, in a series of three, on the classification of prisoners, for 17 directors and senior officers, including the Deputy Director General Raed Jadar, of the Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS). Three of the participants were women. The course was held in Baghdad and the next two courses are scheduled for Basra and Erbil.

INL Management Officer Brian Reynolds (representing US Embassy), watches as EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, László Huszár, presents FITC documentation to Iraqi counterparts

Federal Investigation Training Course (FITC)

15/10/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, László Huszár, along with a delegation from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), handed over course materials and lesson plans in both English and Arabic for the Federal Investigation Training Course (FITC) to Iraqi Ministry of the Interior (MOI) representatives.

Head of Mission László Huszár presents a certificate to a participant, watched by Anton Girginov and judge Jafa’ar, Head of the Academic Committee of the Judicial Development Institute and a member of the Iraqi Supreme court.

BALENCIAGA Course on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters

04/10/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq conducted its BALENCIAGA Course dealing with International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters. The objective of the course was to raise awareness of “international judicial cooperation in criminal matters” by stimulating the interest of the audience in this area which is vital for combating crime. The trainers from EUJUST LEX explained the requirements for judicial cooperation with other countries to make the trainees realize the necessity to improve their personal ability in preparing requests to other countries.

Jan-Willem Wieman addressing the course, watched by Maria Grazia Benedetti (standing on left) and Margareta Krook (seated, back to camera),

Fourth course on combating Trafficking Persons (TIP)

27/09/2012

On 27 September EUJUST LEX-Iraq completed its fourth course on combating Trafficking in Persons (TiP). The course in Baghdad was attended by 26 senior professionals from the High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior and from the anti-trafficking Central Committee.

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, László Huszár, presents a certificate to a participant watched by Helle Kjolstad, Johan Molinder and the ICS Deputy Director, Raed Jader Khalaf

EUJUST-LEX Iraq completed a penitentiary course on Leadership in prisons

27/09/2012

On 27 September EUJUST-LEX Iraq completed a penitentiary course on Leadership in prisons. The course was held in the British embassy in Baghdad and included 14 high officials from the Iraqi Correctional System (ICS). 

Photo shows Baghdad Penitentiary Team with participants on the MMA workshop

Baghdad Penitentiary team second workshop/MMA-activity on prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Reintegration

18/09/2012

On 17-18 September 2013, the EUJUST LEX-Iraq Penitentiary team in Baghdad conducted a second workshop/MMA-activity on prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration for Iraqi Correction Service (ICS) senior management. Risk - and needs assessment and sentence planning are baselines in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of a prisoner.

Medal Parade

28/07/2012

On 28th July, EUJUST LEX-Iraq held a medal parade. Head of Mission László Huszár (centre, in uniform) is flanked by the Head of the EU delegation in Iraq, Jana Hybášková; the British Ambassador to Iraq, Simon Collis; and members of EUJUST LEX-Iraq, the EU delegation and other dignitaries.

Evaluation workshop for police officers from Erbil

02/07/2012

As part of its follow-up activities, EUJUST LEX-Iraq recently organised an evaluation workshop for police officers from different police stations in the Erbil area. All the participants had previously attended some of the Mission's in-country police courses. The participants were involved in different group exercises which helped the Mission to collect feedback as a way to better shape the courses according to the needs of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Rule of Law Coordination Meeting on Effective Measures to Combat Domestic Violence in the Kurdistan Region.

26/06/2012

Hosted by the EUJUST LEX-Iraq Erbil Field Office, a very important meeting took place in Erbil on 26th June. The aim was to coordinate effective measures to combat domestic violence in the Kurdistan Region within the existing criminal justice system. The participants included senior judges representing the Kurdish Judiciary Council and the Criminal Court; senior prosecutors; the Chief of Police; the Head of the High Council of Women; the General Directors of Social Care and Development and of Tracing Violence against Women; and a judge from the Court of Investigations.

Evaluation workshop for prison officers

25/06/2012

On 25 June 2012 EUJL-I organised an evaluation workshop for prison officers from different prisons in the Kurdish Region in Erbil. All the participants had previously attended an in-country penitentiary training on Handling High Risk Inmates and Incident Management in 2012. The participants were very proactive in providing feedback on the Mission’s courses they had previously attended and they seemed enthusiastic on the evaluation system as a way to better shape courses according to their needs. The workshop was co chaired by one Evaluation Officer and one Erbil RoL Penitentiary Expert with the support of the Human Rights Expert.

Matti Virkkunen and Alison Stables with Iraqi counterparts during the Senior Prison Leadership Course

Senior Prison Leadership Course, Baghdad 17th to 21st June 2012.

21/06/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Penitentiary Experts, Baghdad Head Office/ Basra Antenna conducted a five day Senior Prison Management Training Course in Baghdad. The course was delivered by Matti Virkkunen and Alison Stables, Rule of Law Experts specialising in Penitentiary.

Penitentiary seminar: EUJUST LEX-Iraq FIELD OFFICE in ERBIL

21/06/2012

The EJL-I Penitentiary team in the Erbil Field Office (EFO) organized a three-day seminar for the senior management in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prison service including the Director General. The prison directors from Sulaymaniyah, Dohuk and Erbil attended. The purpose of the seminar was to further develop the cooperation between EFO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) , agree on the goals and focus areas for the next 18 month

Vacancies in EUJUST LEX-Iraq

20/06/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq has vacancies for both contracted/seconded and seconded posts: please click on “Posts available in CSDP Missions”. Also please note that the deadline is 6th July 2012.

Evaluation workshop for prison managers/directors

19/06/2012

In the scope of its follow-up activities, EUJUST LEX-Iraq recently organised an evaluation workshop for prison managers/directors from different prisons in the Baghdad area. All the participants had previously attended an in-country penitentiary training on Leadership Development and other former Mission courses. The participants were already familiar with evaluation methodologies; they seemed enthusiastic on the evaluation system as a way to better shape our courses according to the needs of the Iraqis. The workshop was organized by one Evaluation Officer with the support of a Judiciary Expert.

From L-R: Anton Girginov, Judiciary Team Leader; Maria Grazia BENEDETTI, Judiciary Rule of Law Expert; Medhat al-Mahmoud, Chief Justice of Iraq; Jacques Burger, Head of Operations; Adam Viplak, Judiciary Rule of Law Expert

EUJUST LEX-Iraq Meeting with the Chief Justice of Iraq, Mr. Medhat al-Mahmoud in Baghdad

11/06/2012

On 10 June 2012, a group from EUJUST LEX-Iraq met with the Chief Justice of Iraq, Medhat al-Mahmoud. The group, led by Jacques Burger, Head of Operations, and Anton Girginov, Judiciary Team Leader, informed the Chief Justice about EUJUST LEX-Iraq and its mandate; and sought his opinion on practical training topics which EUJUST LEX might be able to provide. Before the meeting, one of our longest-serving interpreters, Ali Al-Rubaie’e, received an appreciation letter from the Chief Justice in recognition of his work. 

EUJUST LEX-Iraq course on Command of Serious Incidents (CSI) course in Baghdad

10/06/2012

In early June EUJUST LEX-Iraq conducted a Command of Serious Incidents (CSI) course in Baghdad. The course was aimed at senior prison management (governors and deputy governors) and concentrated on human rights and challenges in the management of serious incidents. Scenarios are taken from actual situations experienced by the instructors. 15 participants attended the course.

Anne Herder received a Certificate of Appreciation from United States colleagues

28/05/2012

Anne Harder is well known among her EUJUST LEX-Iraq colleagues for being an excellent worker and a great team member. But this fact has been acknowledged externally when she received a Certificate of Appreciation from United States colleagues in the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Police Development Program in the US Embassy, Baghdad. Anne finishes her tour of duty soon and all her friends will miss her.

Police Team Leader Robert Lamburne and the Dean of the Shaiba Police College Brigadier General Talal

Two-week train-the-trainer police course

24/05/2012

On 13-24 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq organised a two-week train-the-trainer police course with 14 participants at Iraq Energy City in Basra. Among the participants was the Dean of the Shaiba Police College Brigadier General Talal – the highest ranking officer ever attending a Mission course in Basra.

Third one-week cross-sector course on trafficking in persons

17/05/2012

On 17 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed its third one-week cross-sector course on trafficking in persons, held in Baghdad and attended by 24 senior professionals from the Higher Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior.

Police course on the management of training in cooperation with AECID

17/05/2012

On 7-17 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq coordinated a police course on the management of training in cooperation with AECID, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, held in Madrid. Fourteen police training officials participated in the course and according to the course organisers it was one of the best groups of participants ever in a course coordinated by the Mission and held in Spain.;

EUJUST LEX-Iraq presents its work to CPCC Chief of Staff General Gilles Janvier

16/05/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq is pleased to present its work to CPCC Chief of Staff General Gilles Janvier, currently visiting Baghdad and Erbil. 

President of the European Council Mr. Herman Van Rompuy and EUJUST LEX-Iraq’s Reporting Officer Kristin Tallbo

EU Open Day in Brussels

12/05/2012

On 12 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq participated in EU Open Day in Brussels, as every year. This day offers an excellent opportunity to inform thousands of visitors about the Mission’s activities in its three Iraqi locations and in the EU Member States. 

EUJUST LEX-Iraq celebrations on the 9 May

09/05/2012

On 9 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq organised the Europe Day celebrations together with the EU Delegation at the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. Around 100 guests attended the event, including several of the Mission’s high level Iraqi counterparts and members of the international community such as EU Member State representatives, UN and U.S. INL representatives.

End of seventh edition of police course on tactical investigation in Basra

01/05/2012

On 1 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq concluded the seventh edition of its police course on tactical investigation in Basra. The training aimed at reinforcing the investigative capacity of Iraqi police officers in order to tackle crime more effectively in accordance with international standards. This is the thirteenth training course provided by EUJUST LEX-Iraq in Basra after the Mission established its presence in Southern Iraq in the autumn of 2010.

Course in partnership with the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation

01/05/2012

From 29 April to 1 May EUJUST LEX-Iraq organised a judicial train-the-trainer course in Erbil in partnership with the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation and a German visiting expert. The training targeted judicial trainers representing the management or teaching staff of the Judicial Training Institute in Erbil and the Judicial Training Institute as well as the Judicial Development Institute in Baghdad.  Fifteen judicial trainers attended the course, of whom 10 were from the two institutes in Baghdad and five from the institute in Erbil, including two women.

Strong relationship between the Mission and its Kurdish counterparts

30/04/2012

On 30 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq’s Erbil Head of Office Lena Larsson and two of the Mission’s Judiciary Rule of Law Experts met with the Kurdistan Region Minister of Justice Mr. Sherwan Haydari, the Director of the Judicial Training Institute in Kurdistan Mr. Sirwan Kamal Abdulrahman, the Kurdistan Region Deputy Chief Justice Judge Judge Ramiz A. Namiq Aldawde and Judge Shwan Muheiddin of the Shura Council.  

Meeting of the Basra Rule of Law Committee

29/04/2012

On 29 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq chaired a new meeting of the Basra Rule of Law Committee, which was attended by senior representatives of the local Police, Judiciary and Penitentiary services, including the Basra Deputy Chief of Police. For the first time, the U.S. counterparts in Basra took part in the meeting following the Mission's invitation.

Closing ceremony of a penitentiary course on crisis management and contingency planning in Sweden

28/04/2012

On 28 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq participated in the closing ceremony of a two-week penitentiary course on crisis management and contingency planning in Sweden, coordinated by the Mission in cooperation with the Swedish Prison and Probation Service and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. Eighteen Iraqi penitentiary officers attended the course including one female officer.

Police course at the Iraqi Federal Investigation Training Centre

26/04/2012

On 26 April, EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed its two-week train-the-trainer police course at the Iraqi Federal Investigation Training Centre in Baghdad. The course was attended by 10 police trainers and conducted by one of the Mission’s police Rule of Law Experts as well as by a visiting expert from the Netherlands National Police Agency. As the police students had undergone earlier basic training with EUJUST LEX-Iraq,  this course was tailor-made according to their specific academic requirements/needs, which was much appreciated by the participants and the Director of the Baghdad Police College.

Lecture on the Italian public prosecutors' role in Baghdad

24/04/2012

On 24 April the Mission's judiciary team gave a lecture on the Italian public prosecutors' role at the Judicial Training Institute in Baghdad, attended by 95 future judges of whom 11 were women. The students posed several questions and they were particularly interested in the Mission's female judiciary expert's experiences and potential difficulties as a woman within the judiciary. 

Evaluation Workshop for prison governors

19/04/2012

In the scope of its follow-up activities, EUJUST LEX-Iraq on 19 April 2012 organised an evaluation workshop for prison governors from different prisons in the Baghdad area, all of whom had previously attended an in-country penitentiary course in December 2011 in Erbil. The workshop was held at the Commission of Integrity in the International Zone in Baghdad.

Police course at Federal Investigation Training Centre in Baghdad

19/04/2012

On 19 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed a two-week police course on tactical investigation at the Federal Investigation Training Centre in Baghdad, attended by 13 participants. The course is part of the Mission’s project to improve the Iraqi investigation capacities and the overall aim of the project is to increase the investigative skills of a selected group of investigators – and decrease the number of confessions not accompanied by any elements of evidence in police investigations for major crimes.

Two-week police course at the European Technology and Training Centre

18/04/2012

On 18 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed a two-week police course on tactical investigation at the European Technology and Training Centre in Erbil, attended by 12 participants. The aim of the course was to provide the police officers with basic skills to manage an investigation, particularly as regards interviewing techniques. 

Course on the Management of Serious Incidents in Prisons

16/04/2012

On 16 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed a new edition of its course on the Management of Serious Incidents in Prisons. The course took place in Erbil and was addressed to staff from the Kurdish penitentiary system. The participants consisted of six female and six male prison officers from the female and juvenile prisons in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, and the training was adjusted to address the special needs of female and juvenile units.

Senior Prison Leadership Course in Basra

12/04/2012

On 12 April EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed a one-week penitentiary course on senior prison management at Iraq Energy City in Basra. The course, fully delivered by Mission in-house expertise, was attended by 12 participants, including the Deputy Director General of the Iraqi Correctional Service and two female prison managers.

EUJUST LEX-Iraq on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Iraq

09/04/2012

On 9 April, EUJUST LEX-Iraq’s Human Rights and Gender Officer Margareta Krook presented the Mission’s work as regards women, peace and security, at a conference in Erbil on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Iraq. The event was organised by the Iraqi non-governmental Women Empowerment Organisation.

One-week work experience secondment in Germany

18/03/2012

On 11-18 March EUJUST LEX-Iraq and the Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit – German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation – organised a one-week work experience secondment in Germany for six members of the senior management of the Judicial Development Institute and the Judicial Training Institute in Baghdad as well as the newly established Judicial Training Institute in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Three of the participants were from Baghdad and three were from Erbil, leading to constructive interaction between the regions. Two of the participants were women.

Cours in Germany together with the Bundeskriminalamt

17/03/2012

On 3 to 17 March, EUJUST LEX-Iraq coordinated a two-week police course in Germany together with the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police), on the management of murder investigations. Twenty police officers, mainly investigators, from all over Iraq – including ThiQar, Diyala, Qadisiyyah, Wasit, Basra and Kurdistan, as well as the High Institute for Training and Development and the Federal Investigation Training Centre – participated in the course. The course participants were active, interested and shared their opinions and experiences.

Women’s Stakeholder Conference in Basra

14/03/2012

On 14 March, the Mission participated in the Women’s Stakeholder Conference in Basra, which was organised by the U.S. The aim of the conference was to spur interest in women's affairs, identify key issues and recommendations regarding women in Southern Iraq, share info about available resources and strengthen professional ties. The focus of the conference was how to advance women's economic interests, for which security is paramount. At the conference, the Mission presented its work on women policing.

Penitentiary course on leadership

08/03/2012

On 8 March EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed its second one-week penitentiary course on leadership for 11 middle-management staff from the Iraqi Correctional Service, and more specifically from the prisons in the Baghdad and Basra areas. Included in the group was one female governor from the Women’s Prison in Baghdad. The course was held at the Commission of Integrity in Baghdad and four visiting experts contributed to the course – two from Romania and two from the Netherlands – alongside EJL-I experts.

EUJUST LEX-Iraq celebrating International Women's Day

08/03/2012

On 8 March, EUJUST LEX-Iraq participated in a conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad celebrating International Women’s Day. The aim of the session was to facilitate discussions on difficulties women face in Iraq and challenges in programming.

Second Pre-trial Detention Committee meeting

06/03/2012

On 4-6 March EUJUST LEX-Iraq organised the second Pre-trial Detention Committee meeting during this mandate, this time at the Khanzad Hotel in Erbil – the first was held in Baghdad in December 2011. One of the Mission’s projects in its work on enhancing interagency cooperation within the Iraqi criminal justice system, is assistance to the local authorities in introducing best practices for pre-trial detention management. The meetings bring together actors from the different sectors of the criminal justice system and this time three participants of whom one was Kurdish participated. The meetings are welcomed by the Iraqis as the participants are confronted with EU best practices on solving pre-trial detention problems in Iraq. 

Women’s Issues Roundtable in Basra

01/03/2012

On 1 March EUJUST LEX-Iraq participated in the Women’s Issues Roundtable held at the U.S. Consulate in Basra. The roundtable was also attended by USAID, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, UNDP, and the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).  The aim of the meeting was to provide an introduction to the USAID “Access to Justice” project, to give an overview of the status of women in Iraq, to discuss gender-based violence issues – which is one of the Mission’s focus areas – and strategies to empower women in Iraq.

Course adressed to staff of the Kurdish penitentiary system

26/02/2012

On 26 February EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed its first two-week course on the management of serious incidents in prisons, addressed to staff of the Kurdish penitentiary system. The course included 12 middle-management staff from the prisons in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk. The training aimed at increasing the officers’ ability to deal with serious incidents such as fires, strikes, riots, hostage-taking and escapes.

One of the course participants receiving her certificate from the trainers

Course on trafficking in human beings

21/02/2012

On 21 February 2012 EUJUST LEX-Iraq closed its second one-week course on trafficking in human beings, this time at the European Technical and Training Centre in Erbil (Kurdistan Region, Iraq). The course was conducted by trainers from Sweden, Romania and the U.S., and focused on prevention, detection and prosecution of human trafficking as well as protection of victims. A total of 17 participants representing the three criminal justice system sectors in Iraq (police, judiciary and penitentiary) attended the course and received a basic understanding of the crime itself, as well as some countering measures that have proved effective in EU Member States and the U.S., which could serve as a basis for future Iraqi efforts to curve this crime.

Evaluation workshop for social researchers

21/02/2012

In the scope of its work with past participants, EUJUST LEX-Iraq on 21 February 2012 organised an evaluation workshop for social researchers from the Iraqi Correctional Service, all of whom had previously attended an in-country penitentiary course in July 2011. The course that was evaluated had been delivered by visiting experts from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic and focused on different aspects of rehabilitation. The evaluation workshop was held at the Commission of Integrity in Baghdad.

Head of Mission Laszlo Huszar honoured the outgoing Kurdish Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Asos Najib

21/02/2012

On 21 February EUJUST LEX-Iraq’s Head of Mission Laszlo Huszar honoured the outgoing Kurdish Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Asos Najib for her achievements during her two years in office, with a message of gratitude for her valuable cooperation with the Mission. During her mandate, Ms. Asos Najib facilitated the implementation of numerous EJL-I penitentiary trainings addressed to Kurdish prison officers – in particular training on modern rehabilitation methods – and was herself involved in a mentoring programme with EJL-I Experts. The ceremony was held at the Khanzad hotel in Erbil, in the presence of a number of ministers from the Kurdistan regional government and the event generated substantial media coverage from the Kurdish media.

Visit to the new Erbil Police College

21/02/2012

During his recent visit to EUJUST LEX-Iraq Erbil Office, Head of Mission Laszlo Huszar was invited to visit the premises of the new Erbil Police College. Warmly received by the Dean and the faculty of the College, Mr. Huszar took the opportunity to discuss current activities as well as plans for an eventual extension of the Mission’s mandate. The College offers state of the art training facilities which have been put at the Mission’s disposal for future training activities.

Course on combating terrorism in prisons

09/02/2012

On 9 February EUJUST LEX-Iraq successfully concluded a one-week course on combating terrorism in prisons, with the participation of 14 penitentiary officers from the Basra region. Two visiting experts from the Czech Republic and the Netherlands contributed to the course.

Workshop for middle rank police officers

09/02/2012

In the scope of its follow-up activities, EUJUST LEX-Iraq on 29 February 2012 organised an evaluation workshop for middle rank police officers from different police stations in the Kurdish region of Iraq, all of whom had previously attended two in-country police courses in January and February 2012. The courses that were evaluated had been organized by EUJUST LEX-Iraq's Police Team in the Erbil Field Office and focused on different aspects of tactical investigation techniques. The evaluation workshop was held at Khanzad Hotel in Erbil.

An Iraqi course participant receiving her course diploma at the closing ceremony, from EUJUST LEX-Iraq's newly appointed Deputy Head of Mission Jonas Westerlund

Cross-sector course on investigation of financial crimes

08/02/2012

On 6-8 February 2012 EUJUST LEX-Iraq organised its third cross-sector course on investigation of financial crimes at the Judicial Development Institute in Baghdad, bringing together five judges from different courts, ten corruption investigators from the Commission of Integrity and three police officers from the Office of the Inspector General at the Ministry of Interior.

Police tactical investigation course in Erbil

01/02/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq police Rule of Law Expert Jan Willem Wieman presenting a certificate to one of the female students, together with Brigadier Hunar from the Kurdistan Ministry of Interior

Kurdish Consular Corps Annual Meeting

30/01/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq was invited to participate in the "Kurdish Consular Corps Annual Meeting", hosted by the Kurdistan Department of Foreign Relations on 30 January. EUJUST LEX/Iraq Head of Office in Erbil Lena Larsson attended the meeting alongside representatives from France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, the U.S. and UNAMI. During the meeting President Barzani stressed the importance of the international presence in Kurdistan and briefed the group on the latest events regarding the Kurdistan government, the political crisis in Baghdad, the developments in Syria, the hydrocarbon situation and the Kurdish views on the disputed areas. EUJUST LEX-Iraq is continuously furthering its close relationship with the Kurdish regional government.

Head of Mission László Huszár interviewed by Iraqi media and assisted by the Mission's interpreter Ali Rubaie'e

Celebratory meeting of the Iraqi Committee for Judicial Independence

28/01/2012

On 28 January EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission László Huszár attended a celebratory meeting of the Iraqi Committee for Judicial Independence. Mr. Huszár delivered a speech on the Mission's activities and judicial independence to an audience of more than 40 people, including the Iraqi Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmood and Chief Public Prosecutor Gadanfar Hmoud al-Jasim. The event was followed by a number of Iraqi media outlets, including Rasheed TV, Samaria TV, Iraqia TV and Afaq TV.

Dohuk Adult Prison

EUJUST LEX-Iraq visit to Dohuk Adult Prison

23/01/2012

Invited by the Director General Ahmed of the Kurdish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), EUJUST LEX-Iraq penitentiary experts Helle Kjolstad and Johan Molinder visited Dohuk Adult Prison on 23 January 2012. Dohuk Adult Prison is one of the newest facilities in Kurdistan. Eleven prisoners however escaped from the prison through a tunnel in the early morning of 7 January. 

Evaluation workshops in Basra

09/01/2012

EUJUST LEX-Iraq continues to reach out to its alumni community throughout the country in order to follow up on past training activities and assess their impact.

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