‘Report any violations'

Iraqi justice minister introduces complaint boxes in prisons

BAGHDAD — In a move aimed at improving transparency and accountability in Iraq’s prison system, Justice Minister Khaled Shwani announced on Saturday the installation of complaint boxes in prison sections. This initiative seeks to provide inmates with a confidential means to report rights violations and other concerns directly to the minister’s office.

According to the Government Media Office, these complaint boxes will allow prisoners to submit requests, complaints, or report any violations of their rights without fear of repercussions. “This directive aims to enable inmates to submit their requests and complaints or report any violations of their rights directly and confidentially to the minister without any restrictions, repercussions, or pressures,” the office stated.

The minister’s office will exclusively supervise these boxes, with a dedicated committee regularly opening them to review contents and address the issues raised.

This measure is part of broader efforts by the ministry to improve prison conditions and ensure the protection of human rights within the system. “We express our personal commitment to following up on these complaints and taking the necessary actions to address them promptly,” the ministry added in the statement.

As reported by the Ministry of Justice, Iraq currently houses approximately 60,000 inmates across 30 prisons.

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