Iraq and U.S. to dis­cuss Law En­force­ment and Ju­di­cial Co­op­er­a­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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