What Does Transitional Justice Look Like in Iraq After the Islamic State?

This courtroom sketch shows Iraq’s counterterrorism court where suspected Islamic State militants are tried, in Baghdad, Iraq, May 24, 2018 (AP photo by Saif Jawadi).
This courtroom sketch shows Iraq’s counterterrorism court where suspected Islamic State militants are tried, in Baghdad, Iraq, May 24, 2018 (AP photo by Saif Jawadi).

Although the Islamic State continues to carry out sporadic attacks in parts of Iraq, the focus across the country has largely turned to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. Harsh sentences are being meted out to suspected Islamic State militants and their collaborators. The Associated Press reported in March that 19,000 people have been detained or imprisoned on suspicion of connections to the extremist group. Of those, 3,000 have been sentenced to death. Meanwhile, a growing backlog of cases and a dearth of available evidence have stymied efforts to compensate victims. In an email interview, Ali Al-Mawlawi, head of research at the […]

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