President Rashid: Coordination, Joint Action among State Agencies Are Vital to Strengthen the Judiciary and the Rule of Law


On Sunday, March 12, 2023, the President of the Republic of Iraq, Abdullatif Jamal Rashid met with the Minister of Interior Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, Minister of Justice Khalid Shawani, and the Head of the Judicial Supervision Commission, Judge Laith Jabr Hamza, at the Baghdad Palace.

Efforts should be made to resolve the issues of detainees and prisoners, President Rashid underlined, while speaking about the importance of working on electronic connectivity, ensuring acceleration in processing cases. However, laws and regulations must be carried out fairly, and detainees' files should be checked, HE underscored.

His Excellency asserted the need to develop a road map for clarifying the mechanism of the work in the detention facilities, adding that coordination and joint work among the state's agencies is paramount to strengthen the judiciary as well as entrench the rule of law and human rights principles.

Minister of Justice, Mr. Shawani underscored that further efforts should be made to resolve the issues of detainees, while Minister of Interior, Mr. Al-Shammari said that it is a matter of critical importance to construct sanatoriums, where drug users could be allowed to be held, instead of being in jail, and in the same vein, the abandoned military camps can be used for this end.

The Head of the Judicial Supervision Commission confirmed the importance of applying the automation system and joining the files among the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, and the Supreme Judicial Council. If a drug user voluntarily surrenders himself, he will be brought to voluntary sanatoriums, he added.

Emphasis was placed on the need to further coordination among the Supreme Judicial Council, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Justice and embark on the automation system in addition to linking the institutions and addressing the overcrowding of places of detention.



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