This is February’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 75 total incidents in February, up from 61 in January. This has been due largely to a spike in protest activity, particularly linked to the health sector (55 protest events were recorded


This is January’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 61 total incidents in January, down slightly from last month. However, the levels of violence (aggregating serious violent incidents and tribal fighting) rose to 37 compared with 32 in December. Criminal violence


April’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis. Monitoring in April captured a total of 55 incidents, 15 killed, and 17 injured. Monitoring parameters were as follows: > Serious violent incidents > Tribal fighting > Terrorism > Protest activity > Kidnapping > Arms trafficking > Maritime incidents SIGACT MAP: South Iraq April 2018

Montadhar Naser: Iraqi protesters express solidarity with journalist charged with defamation

Update: 23rd August 2016 Montadhar Naser was yesterday acquitted by an Iraqi court and charges against him of defamation were dropped. In a victory for press and freedom of expression campaigners, the judge in the case declared there was insufficient evidence to uphold the charges which many regarded as politically motivated after Naser published a

“Freedom of Expression is a Sacred Right”: Iraqi activists are fighting back against proposed legislation which seeks to restrict civil liberties

Iraqi activists are currently fighting against a draft law, the ‘Law of Freedom of Expression, Gathering, and Peaceful Protest’, which contains a number of amendments which seek to severely restrict basic civil liberties. Activists from across the civil trend spectrum, including Madaniyoun, Mustamerroun, journalists, and students have engaged in protests, including in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square,

Translation and analysis: ‘Ministries without quotas’ Iraqi Writer’s Union letter to Iraq’s leaders and the origins of Iraq’s technocracy discourse

While the Fallujah operation, al-hashd al-shaabi, and the fight against ISIS have been grabbing the international headlines, Iraq’s political process and structures are also under considerable pressure from a long-running protest movement demanding fundamental political reform. One Iraqi analyst has described this movement as: ‘the first large-scale popular challenge to the consensus on the Iraqi