UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
Source description last updated: 28 April 2017

In brief: Formed in 2003 by the United Nations in Security Council Resolution 1500, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) works to support efforts on national development on humanitarian, electoral and political levels in Iraq.

Coverage on ecoi.net:
UNAMI Human Rights Reports (PR)
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, for Iraq.

“The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. It has been on the ground ever since, with its role greatly expanded in 2007 with the passage of Resolution 1770.” (Uniraq website: UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, undated)

“The Mission is mandated ‘as circumstances permit’ and ‘at the request of the Government of Iraq’ to:
1.Advise support and assist the Government of Iraq […]
2.Promote, support, and facilitate, in coordination with the Government of Iraq […]
3. And promote the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform in order to strengthen the rule of law in Iraq.” (Uniraq website: UNAMI Mandate, undated)

“After having successfully helped establish, train and advise Iraq’s first High Electoral Commission, the Mission is currently assisting the Government establish an Independent High Commission for Human Rights to promote and protect the rights of all Iraq’s people according to international standards.
The Mission is administered by the UN’s Department of Political Affairs and supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as well as the Department of Field Support.” (Uniraq website: Facts and Figures, undated)

UN’s proposed programme budget for 2016-2017 for UNAMI is estimated to be $120.1 million. (UN website: Budget Committee Approves Texts on United Nations Internal Justice System, Cash Position of Mission in Mali, 8 December 2015)
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Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Iraq.
Thematic focus: Political Affairs, Electoral Assistance, Human Rights and Justice, Development and Humanitarian Support, Education & Literacy, Environment & Water/Sanitation, Employment, Health, Housing, Electricity, Refugees & the Internally Displaced, Youth & Women, Anti-corruption 

UNAMI, in cooperation with the OHCHR, publishes Human Rights Reviews on Iraq, where “most of the information, contained in this report is based, where possible, on direct monitoring and on testimonies obtained directly from the victims, survivors or witnesses of human rights violations and abuses and/or violations of international humanitarian law. UNAMI/OHCHR continued to conduct interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), Kirkuk and Diyala Governorates, and other areas of Iraq, as well as with other victims, survivors and witnesses of other incidents. Information was also obtained from a variety of sources2, including Government and non-governmental agencies and organizations, and United Nations entities. Unless specifically stated, all information in this report has been corroborated and verified using independent, credible and reliable sources.” (UNAMI: Report on Human Rights in Iraq January to June 2016, 5 December 2016, p. 7)

“The Office staff work in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Kirkuk, with a limited presence in Mosul. Through civil society partners, academia, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, funds and programmes, members of the international community present in Iraq, and ordinary citizens, the team monitors the human rights situation throughout the country and investigates any alleged violations no matter where they are committed or by whom they are perpetrated. When a violation is reported to the Office, its staff investigate the incident and, depending on the information obtained, they undertake a variety of actions aimed at either preventing, stopping the violations or obtaining some remedy from the relevant duty bearer on behalf of those affected.” (Uniraq website: Human Rights Office, undated)

Language(s) of publications:
English, Arabic, Kurdish

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