Iraq and U.S. to discuss Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation
The governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq held a meeting of the IraqU.S. Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation in Baghdad on June 4, 2013 as part of the Strategic Framework Agreement between the two countries.
The Iraqi delegation and the U.S. delegation emphasized the importance of continued close cooperation on law enforcement and judicial matters. They reviewed U.S. assistance for the development of Iraq’s judiciary, police, corrections service, and anti-corruption institutions, all aimed at support- ing the Government of Iraq in further strengthening the rule of law in Iraq.
The discussion identified ways to expand cooperation to advance the Government of Iraq’s efforts to strengthen the administration of justice for women, children and other vulnerable groups, prevent gender based violence, combat trafficking in persons, and enhance the effectiveness of police training institutions.
The United States is currently funding programs that provide training and technical assistance to help the Iraqi judiciary use modern case management and data archiving systems, increase judicial security, strengthen Iraq’s police services to stabilize internal security, support the rule of law, and repress criminal and terrorist activity.
It professionalizes Iraq’s Corrections Service; develop the auditing capacity of Iraq’s inspectors general; strengthen compliance with the UN Convention Against Corruption; assist Iraq’s efforts to combat money laundering, counter terrorist financing, and improve asset recovery; support the Government of Iraq to increase citizen awareness of their legal rights, access to judicial institutions, and cooperation among civil society and Iraq’s justice and security sectors.
The U.S also assists the Government of Iraq to strengthen knowledge on human trafficking, train officials on victim identification, assistance and protection, improve interagency coordination on anti-trafficking efforts, and increase capacities to implement Iraq’s anti-trafficking law; and support civil society to enable women and other vulnerable populations to gain access to legal services and assistance
The Iraqi and U.S. delegations committed to hold the next meeting of the Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation JCC in November 2013.