Iraq’s Parliamentary Legal Committee develops plan to strengthen its legislative and oversight role

Oct 30, 2016

The Legal Committee is third to the Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Committees to develop a strategic plan. Photo: Baraa Afif/UNDP Iraq/2016

Sulaimaniyah- A strategic plan for the period of 2016 – 2018, an action plan, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Iraq’s Parliamentary Legal Committee were the outcome of a workshop jointly organized in Sulaimaniyah, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, by the Council of Representatives (CoR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Legal Committee’s seven members, CoR Members, advisers and technical staff worked together from 26 to 30 October 2016 to draft a comprehensive document that will soon be adopted by the Committee, then presented to the CoR Presidency for approval. The process was facilitated by UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG).

Rapporteur of the Legal Committee, Mr. Hassan Turan, said: “We hope that UNDP continues to provide extraordinary support to the Legal Committee andthe CoR in general. In spite of the fact that the CoR is the highest legislative authority in the country and has an oversight role, further development of its  committees and bodies is still needed. UNDP’s support in this context is very important.”

Acting Project Manager for SPAG, Mr. Zeyad Al Obaidi, said: “We are pleased to see the Legal Committee conclude this process successfully. Another milestone has been reached, and will most importantly help to strengthen the role of the Committee in legislation through its constitutional authority.”

The Legal Committee is third to the Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Committees to develop a strategic plan. The Reconciliation Committee will follow path in the coming weeks.

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Zeyad Al Obaidi, Acting Project Manager for SPAG