Iraq

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures taken by the international community to improve confidence in the Iraqi justice system and enhance the rule of law in that country.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The Government's significant concerns about the Iraqi justice system were noted in the FCO Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report

http://www.hrdreport.fco.gov.uk/human-rights-in-countries-of-concern/iraq/

Problems include a continued overreliance on confession-based evidence, regular reports of individuals being arbitrarily detained and detained without access to legal counsel, and Iraq's increased use of the death penalty.

The UK will continue to work with the UN and other international partners to support reform of the Iraqi justice system. Details of UK work can be found in the human rights report.

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