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85 judges send proposals to Kurdistan's 3 presidencies for judicial reforms

  2021-05-17  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - The building of the Kurdistan Region Judicial Council
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Eighty-five judges and prosecutor generals have submitted a 14-point roadmap to the three presidencies aiming to strengthen and reform the judicial system in the Kurdistan Region amid a widespread backlash sparked by a recent controversial court ruling in Erbil. 

“We have presented those proposals and solutions in our feeling for responsibility on our shoulders, support to protect the dignity of the judicial authority among the three Region’s authorities, and to complete the reform process,” the signatories to the petition said

“Except for the purpose of reform and beefing up the status of the judicial authority in the Kurdistan Region, our step has no other aims,” read the statement.

The judges also called for the preparation of the Kurdistan Region’s draft constitution to be voted in a public referendum afterwards. 

On April 6, the Kurdistan Region Court of Cassation approved a February 16 court ruling in Erbil regarding the sentencing of five journalists and activists to six years in prison for controversial charges amounting to undermining the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has come under fire for the trial process and its ultimate approval by the appellate court.

(Zhyan English)