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Human Rights in Iraq’s transition – the search for inclusiveness

31-03-2008 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 869, by John P. Pace

The aftermath of the invasion of Iraq set unprecedented challenges to the United Nations in the political and in the human rights spheres. The article looks at its role in Iraq from the angle of the involvement of the Security Council, the legal context, the protection of human rights and the strife for reconciliation, sovereignty and inclusiveness.

   

John P. Pace is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He served the United Nations for several years in a range of senior human rights assignments and was Chief of the Human Rights Office at the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq from August 2004 until February 2006. 
 
Abstract 
The aftermath of the invasion of Iraq set unprecedented challenges to the United Nations in the political and in the human rights spheres. Since the first involvement of the United Nations under Security Council Resolution 1483 (2003), the United Nations, through its assistance mission (UNAMI), has provided support to the process of transition from a military occupation resulting from an unlawful invasion to a fully sovereign and independent state, an objective yet to be fully achieved. The article looks at this trajectory from the angle of the involvement of the Security Council, the legal context, the protection of human rights and the striving for reconciliation, sovereignty and inclusiveness.

   
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