Articles and Reports:

IDW Annual Report - in PDF Arabic & English (March, 2007)


IDW National Conference (December 1, 2006)


IDW’s report on the Armed Forces’ Violations of Freedoms and Rights in Iraq (English Translation - July 2006)


IDW’s report on the Armed Forces’ Violations of Freedoms and Rights in Iraq (Arabic - July 2006)


IDW’s report on the Democratic Process in Iraq (English Translation - July 2006)


IDW’s report on the Democratic Process in Iraq (Arabic - July 2006)


IDW’s report on the Delay of the Convening of Parliament (English Translation - April 2006)


IDW’s report on the Delay of the Convening of Parliament (Arabic - April 2006)


Democracy Watch Group Report in Al-Sabah News Paper (Article Delay in parliament convening - April 2006)


IDW’s report on Constitutional Amendments (English Translation - February 2006)


IDW’s report on Constitutional Amendments (Arabic - February 2006)


Democracy Watch Group Report in Al-Zaman News Paper (Article on Constitution Ammendments - February 2006)


IDW’s report on the Electoral Campaign (English Translation - December 2005)


IDW’s report on the Electoral Campaign (Arabic - December 2005)


Sabah newspaper on the Iraq Democracy Watch (Article on the Electoral Campaign - December 2005)

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Iraq Democracy Watch

Part of the ICAP Project, Iraq Democracy Watch (IDW) was formed as an outcome of the workshop organized by freedom House and the Iraq Foundation in November 2005. The workshop, under the title “Making Democracy a Reality in Iraq”, brought together Iraqi men and women from the academic, media and NGO communities. Non-Iraqi experts included academics from Morocco and the United States.

Iraq Democracy Watch, which will function under the aegis and management of the Iraq Foundation, aims to monitor the democratic process in Iraq, particularly as it relates to the implementation of articles in the constitution that provide rights and freedoms to Iraqi citizens. Taking the benchmarks for democracy set by Freedom House, the group intends to look at different aspects of political and public life to assess the democratic transition. Of special interest to the group will be issues of freedom of speech and publication; freedom of association and assembly, and formation of civil society organizations; women’s rights; and issues of judicial recourse.

Following the workshop, Iraq Democracy Watch held three organizational and planning meetings at the offices of the Iraq Foundation in Baghdad, and set a plan of action to cover the period December 2005-March 2006. Recognizing the fact that Iraq is undergoing a historic constitutional process that will be the basis for future legislation and regulation of civic life, the group agreed to the following agenda of activities:

  1. The group will put out a report on the elections, using at its yardsticks the principles of “free, fair and transparent elections”, and relying on the election laws and regulations adopted by the Iraqi National Assembly and the IECI. The Group has already started gathering information about violations of the elections law according to a form especially developed for the purpose. As a preliminary step, the Group put out a summary statement on December 12 highlighting certain aspects of the election campaign.
  2. In January 2006, the group will publish an analytical reading of the constitution from the perspective of individual rights and freedoms, pointing out strengths and weaknesses, and using international standards. The Group has started gathering analyses by several Iraqi authors, and is undergoing its own reading, which will culminate in a report. It has been agreed that the report will be prepared by an assigned member of the group.
  3. Taking note of the opportunity that the next parliament has to revise the constitution, the group will publish in March 2006 recommendations for amendments of articles in the constitution that relate to or have an impact on rights and freedoms.
  4. The group hopes to engage legislators involved in amending the constitution or engaged in drafting legislation, and carry out an advocacy effort to make our viewpoints known and understood.
 

Workshops

In other activities of the Constitutional Assistance Project, the Foundation has carried out workshops on specific articles of the constitution (articles 36, 39, 43, 91) relating to rights. The workshops were held in Basra, Erbil/Mosul, Diwaniya, Najaf, and two in Baghdad. These workshops will continue into 2006.

 

 
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