Iraq’s Ministry of Interior starts planning for institutional level reforms

Feb 7, 2017

First of a series of workshops that will continue until 18 April 2017 to cover different aspects of institutional reform. Photo: Iraq's Ministry of Interior/2017

Baghdad- Informed by the Government of Iraq's ongoing security sector reform efforts and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Law 20 (2016), the Ministry initiated an assessment and planning process for its institutional level reforms, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Law 20 provides the Ministry with the legal basis for such reforms, and focuses on key areas, such as consolidating public order, protecting people's lives, liberties and property against all threats, crime prevention, combating all forms of terrorism, and taking legal action against perpetrators.

In this connection, the Ministry will be facilitating 11 workshops in coordination with national ministries and agencies, UNDP and international partners, to develop a strategy to reinforce its role, engagement and readiness, and respond to security and justice provision needs in Governorates liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This includes improving preparedness to address both immediate and medium-long term requirements in liberated areas, and nationwide. The National Security Strategy (NSS) and the draft Security Sector Reform Strategy (SSRS) underpin the overall purpose of the planned workshops. 

In an opening speech at the inaugural event held on 7 February 2017 in Baghdad, Senior Deputy Minister of Interior, Dr. Aqeel Al-Khazaali, said: “The Ministry of Interior is in transition from victories in the battlefields into bridging quality relations with the international community on what can be achieved as part of delivering security, peace and prosperity for the people. Therefore, our workshop today reaffirms that the MoI is serious about reforms and its vision is in place to undergo change to respond to the evolving context in our country.”

UNDP Rule of Law Programme Manager, Ms. Chamila Hemmathagama, said: “Efforts initiated by the MoI are indeed critical and a very important milestone within the Government's security sector reform efforts. We are pleased to be supporting this important process.”

Senior officials from the Ministry of Interior, General Alaa Hussain Ali and Brigadier Faris Falih Abed, who are also members of the SSR National Committee, presented an overview of the NSS and draft SSRS, and the Ministry's role therein. Brigadier Faris highlighted that the operational plan for 2017 was developed to complement the MoI role as defined in the draft SSRS, including interventions to counter future threats and risks. 

In addition to the MoI officials, representatives of the Ministries of Defense and Justice, High Judicial Council, the Operations Commands of Baghdad, Diyala, Jazera, Anbar, and Salah al-Din, Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS), National Security Agency, and international partners also attended the event. The latter included participants from Canada, the United States, the European Union (EU), Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the Coalition Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The series of workshops will continue until 18 April 2017 to cover the following topics: Countering organized crime, terrorist attacks, Police Affairs Agency, Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency, Federal Security Agency, human resources and training, technology and police aviation, organizational structure of the Ministry of Interior and security authorizations, the Ministry’s national services, and raising readiness, with a final discussion and recommendations.

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Contact

Chamila Hemmathagama, Programme Manager, Rule of Law, (m) +964 751 184 3529

Ammar Altaie, SSR Project Officer, Rule of Law