IRAQ. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT OPPOSED IN KURDISTAN REGION
|The Kurdistan National Assembly building, Erbil
July 3, 2008: a conference was held in Erbil by the Kurdistan Regional
Government (KRG) Ministry of Human Rights to discuss a project demanding a
decrease in capital punishment sentences in Kurdistan Region in Iraq.
working to decrease the use of the death penalty in Kurdistan according to Iraqi laws,' said Dr
Shwan Muhammad, KRG Minister of Human Rights, in attendance at the conference.
of the ministry, lawyers, judges, representatives of local and international
nongovernmental organizations, and a number of Kurdistan Parliament members
also attended the conference. Dr Muhammad said participants met with the
intent to present to Parliament their opinion on how to 'decrease the use of
the death penalty in Kurdistan' and to suggest changes within the
Kurdistan Parliament decreed the use of capital punishment as part of the
anti-terrorism law in Kurdistan for a duration of two years beginning on August 16,
decision expires next August. 'But
the main goal of the Human Rights Ministry is to abolish the death penalty in
the future,' stated Dr Muhammad. He also explained that Parliament retains the
death sentence because of terror-related threats in the region.
this threat disappears, then Parliament will work with us to completely abolish
the death penalty in Kurdistan,' said Dr Muhammad.
session on June 29, 2008, the Kurdistan Parliament, by a
majority of votes, decided to extend working with the current anti-terrorism
law for another two years. (Sources: Kurdish Globe, 03/07/2008)