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IF Holds 1st Civic Leaders Workshop in Erbil

March 13-15, 2013

From March 13-15, 2013 the Iraq Foundation (IF) in partnership with Freedom House held the 1st 3-day workshop for 11 civic leaders at the Tangram Hotel in Erbil. The workshop aimed to prepare participants for the drafting of the “the Third Democratization Report in Iraq”.  The Report will be examining the following topics; 1- Political Parties; 2- The situation of the Council of Representatives; 3- The Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration; 4- The Freedom of Media. 

The workshop focused on the fundamental principles of a scientific program in writing reports and conducting research.  The training also discussed the writing techniques to be utilized in drafting the report, evaluation standards and a follow-up plan. Participants and trainers also discussed issues pertaining to political rights and civic freedoms to be covered in the report and appropriate research sources and tools.

The workshop was headed by Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, the Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation.  Two trainers from Freedom House, Dr. Faleh Abdulmajeed and Dr. Saad Hassan, presented the training. The workshop was also attended by four guest-consultants: Judge Raheem Al-Akaili; Ms. Shatha Al-Abousi, Former MP, Ms. Tafkah Omar, General Director of the Human Rights Committee and Head of the Legal Committee in KRG, Dr. Sabah Subhi, and Head of the Political Department at the Law and Politics College / Salaheldeen University. 

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