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Kurdistan Regional Government Integrates International Rights Framework into Local Legislation, Official Reports at UN Session

Gulan Media February 20, 2024 News
Kurdistan Regional Government Integrates International Rights Framework into Local Legislation, Official Reports at UN Session

In a significant stride towards upholding human rights, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has integrated provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights into its local legislation over the past four years, announced Dindar Zebari, the Coordinator of International Advocacy of the KRG.

Speaking during a discussion on Iraq's fifth periodic report submitted to the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Zebari underscored the KRG's commitment to safeguarding religious and national components. He cited legislative measures such as the Rights of Minorities, Religions, and Religious Sects Law (2003) and Law No. 5 of 2015 on Rights of Components as crucial steps in this direction.

Highlighting the KRG's efforts in combating corruption, Zebari mentioned the approval of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2025-2021) and provided statistics indicating progress in prosecuting corruption cases.

Moreover, Zebari shed light on the Kurdistan Region's support for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees, emphasizing the government's provision of 80% of their needs.

Addressing the rights of persons with disabilities, Zebari outlined various initiatives, including educational opportunities, job placements, and housing allocation.

The liberation efforts for Yezidi captives were also discussed, with updates on the number of individuals freed and those still in captivity.

Regarding women's rights, Zebari mentioned legislative efforts such as the amendment of the Domestic Violence Law No. 8 of 2011 and initiatives to protect and empower women, including the establishment of shelters and increased female participation in decision-making roles.

Zebari concluded by highlighting policies aimed at child protection, labor law reforms, support for low-income workers, and initiatives to combat illiteracy. Additionally, he emphasized the KRG's dedication to preserving and restoring heritage sites, with several projects underway, including the restoration of sacred sites for Yazidis and the renowned Lalish shrine.

The comprehensive report presented by Zebari underscores the Kurdistan Regional Government's ongoing efforts to uphold human rights, promote social welfare, and foster inclusive governance in the region.

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