Kurdistan PM hosts roundtable on rule of
law capacity-building plan
Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —
Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani Thursday
met with US officials, the Judicial Council, judges,
civil society organisations, and other stakeholders
to discuss a ten-year capacity building plan
designed to strengthen the rule of law.
Modernising the judicial system and creating an
independent judicial branch has been among the Prime
Minister's most important domestic aims, and he
spoke passionately about the importance of such
steps for the future of the Region.
“One of the most important duties of the Kurdistan
Regional Government (KRG) is to strengthen our
judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms.
Nechirvan Barzani, Prime
We know that, more than almost any other challenge,
failure to address these matters will hold back
progress across a broad range of issues.”
Prime Minister Barzani outlined six concrete steps
upon which he wishes to focus: judicial training,
simplification of the judicial process, developing
investigative skills and technology, improvements to
the prison system, public education curricula, and
benefiting from international initiatives conducted
in the Middle East.
Ms Lucy Tamlyn, US Regional Reconstruction Team
“The United States is pleased to provide the funding
for the Rule of Law survey and strategy - also
called road-map - for the Kurdistan Region.” She
continued, “I am confident that this project will
make a very important contribution to the Region.”
Wilson Myers, US Regional Reconstruction Rule of Law
Adviser, briefed the participants on a variety of
efforts underway so far.
In the spirit of the roundtable discussion, the
Prime Minister spoke openly about the necessity for
an independent judicial system, non-interference by
political entities, and creating public trust in the
judicial system as the third pillar of government.
The Chief of the Kurdistan Regional Government
Judicial Council, the Deputy Speaker of the
Kurdistan Parliament, and the Minister of Justice
all expressed their dedication to this project,www.ekurdand
emphasised the importance of recent legislation to
enhance judicial independence.
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