Month: March 2021

Iraqi protesters’ perilous journey to the ballot box

Originally published by the Middle East Institute – March  22, 2021 With the approach of Iraq’s next parliamentary elections in October 2021, pro-reform candidates are facing troubling obstacles as they prepare to compete against the country’s establishment parties, which include armed militias that have dominated Iraq’s parliament since 2018. To… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 18 – MARCH 25, 2021

Key Takeaways: Budget Vote Delayed; IHEC Cancels Voting Outside Iraq; New Supreme Court Members Nominated; Strategic Dialogue Resumes In April – On March 20, Parliament announced that it will vote on the 2021 federal budget on March 27. On March 20, Iraqi courts issued arrest warrants for two political commentators… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 11 – MARCH 18, 2021

Key Takeaways: Parliament Amends Supreme Federal Court law; Tension In Kirkuk Over Contested Building; Militia Leader Lashes Out At Intelligence Service; State Of Law Threatens KRG Over Budget – On March 11, dozens of protesters gathered in Amara to condemn the March 10 killing of Ahmed al-Hiliji, the father of… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 4 – MARCH 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Lawmakers Vote On Supreme Court Law; Militias Defend “Right” To Attack U.S. Targets; Pope Francis Concludes Visit; Kadhimi Calls For National Dialogue; Biometric Voter Registration Falls Short – On March 4, Parliament began voting on a long-delayed law for the country’s Supreme Federal Court, but lingering disagreements postponed… Read more


Key Takeaways: Several Killed In New Dhi-Qar Protests; Militias Lash Out After U.S. Strikes Target Them In Syria; Iraq’s Foreign Minister In Tehran To Control Fallout – On February 25, protesters calling for the dismissal of Dhi-Qar’s governor clashed with security forces in Nasiriyah. Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said that… Read more