UNDP is supporting Iraq to establish a computerized integrated information sharing system for criminal justice

May 11, 2017

“The MoJ, MoI, and HJC are better cooperating on critical issues, such as investigations and an integrated electronic criminal justice system,” said UNDP Adviser for Security Sector Reform, Mr. Peter Iiskola. Photo: Baraa Afif/UNDP Iraq/2017

Baghdad – The fourth meeting of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG) was held on 11 May 2017 in Baghdad, co-chaired by Iraqi authorities and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting focused on establishing an Integrated Criminal Justice Information Technology System (CJTS), identified as a high priority by a cross section of Government of Iraq security sector actors, including the High Judicial Council (HJC), Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ). This computerized information sharing system is crucial for streamlining criminal justice investigations between the HJC and MoI.

The Prime Minister and Government of Iraq (GoI) are highly committed to creating this system. With the first phase already underway, it is hoped that interested international partners will support the second phase.

Chairman of the National Committee for Criminal Justice Infrastructure, Dr. Ali Tarish, noted: ”UNDP has supported the modernization of the criminal justice system, including through the establishment of three database centres. This support has been reactivated recently, and detailed studies conducted to upgrade the system in order to better address the current challenges.”

UNDP Adviser for Security Sector Reform, Mr. Peter Iiskola, said: “This meeting is very important because now the Iraqi authorities, the MoJ, MoI, and HJC are better cooperating on critical issues, such as investigations and an integrated electronic criminal justice system. This is a breakthrough, and the Iraqi government is well leading this process.”

At the request of the GoI, UNDP assists on SSR through a partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) and Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies UNDP, ONSA and HJC have launched this Working Group in 2016. The objectives of Iraq’s security sector reform initiatives are to assess and identify criminal justice justice reform priorities, improve national and international coordination and partner engagement, as well as to seek international assistance to Iraq’s reforms security sector reforms for post-liberation Iraq.

In addition to representatives of the MoJ, MoI, and HJC, a range of international partners attended the Working Group meeting, including Denmark, Romania, the United Kingdom (UK), and the Coalition Combined Joint Task Force (CCJTF) and its Ministerial Liaison Team (MLT).

Contact

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

Peter Iiskola, Adviser, Security Sector Reform, Rule of Law, (m), +964 790 110 1976