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    Iraq develops "forensic medicine" for "greater justice" for victims of crimes and genocide

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    Post by Rocky Sat 22 Jun 2024, 5:12 am

    Iraq develops "forensic medicine" for "greater justice" for victims of crimes and genocide


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    Shafaq News/ Physicians for Human Rights, which is based in New York, stated that it is cooperating with forensic medicine authorities in Iraq, in order to help develop this sector through expertise and training to be able to conduct comprehensive medical investigations related to crimes of genocide, rape, and kidnapping. And the torture that victims of ISIS gangs were subjected to.  
    First, he retrieved the report translated by Shafaq News Agency; The horrific acts of violence committed by ISIS during its attack in 2014, targeting minorities including the Yazidis, killing thousands of men, women and children, forcing people to flee, or kidnapping, raping and enslaving them, while most survivors are still waiting for justice more than 10 years later. 
    The report of the organization, which uses medicine and science to document mass crimes and gross human rights violations around the world, indicated that in light of... 
    The existing gaps in the forensic medicine system in Iraq, and in order to deal with crises like these, the humanitarian organization cooperates with the forensic medicine sector in Iraq in order to develop it. 
    The report explained: This partnership with Iraq brings new expertise and training to Iraqi forensic doctors and specialists, in order to better conduct comprehensive investigations and develop the capabilities of dealing with such violations, indicating that this cooperation has resulted in the adoption of a new model of data collection in the field of forensic medicine, which he described. The report describes it as a “powerful tool” that helps standardize survivor-centred documentation and strengthens the ability of survivors of sexual and conflict-related violence to access justice.
    According to the report, Physicians for Human Rights began working in the field of forensic medicine capabilities in Iraq in 2017, in response to concerns raised by local partners in Iraq regarding the need to develop forensic medicine capabilities in the country. 
    In this context, the report pointed out that the organization entered into a partnership with the Forensic Medicine Directorate in Baghdad, a government agency affiliated with the Ministry of Health, which supervises forensic medicine institutes in 14 governorates throughout the country and the facilities charged with conducting forensic examinations for survivors of torture and sexual violence. It issues forensic reports for use as evidence in courts. 
    The report indicated that with the advent of the year 2021, the humanitarian organization and the Directorate of Forensic Medicine in Baghdad realized that the lack of a unified tool and practices in documenting forensic medicine throughout Iraq led to unjust results for survivors, as the methods and procedures used by forensic doctors In Iraq at that time, it varied greatly and depended mainly on the qualifications and experience of these doctors, in addition to the extent of the completeness of the documentation process and even its accuracy. 
    The report added that after extensive consultations with forensic doctors, legal and judicial experts, as well as international experts, an agreement was reached that in order to achieve the process of forensic documentation in a fair and evidence-based manner, it is necessary to have a unified forensic medical model that responds to international standards.  
    In this context, the organization and the Baghdad Directorate cooperated to prepare the new model, and several workshops were held and drafts were presented, in order to ensure the preparation of a model that meets the cultural content of Iraq and its legal frameworks. The report quoted a forensic doctor from Mosul who was also consulted and trained, saying, “I had doubts when we started the training with Physicians for Human Rights, and I did not think that implementing the model was possible, as we receive many cases daily, but after the training “I realized how easy it is,” especially with regard to collecting information and evidence, which will allow everyone to do this in a systematic manner. 
    According to the report, Physicians for Human Rights has trained about 85% of forensic doctors throughout Iraq, in addition to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The report pointed out that the Forensic Medicine Directorate in Baghdad officially began implementing the new forensic medicine model in early 2024. 
    According to the report, the new model focuses on filling the gaps and also focuses on survivors in forensic documentation of sexual violence and torture, avoiding discriminatory behaviors against survivors, and respecting survivors’ dignity, privacy, and confidentiality.
    The report concluded by saying that Iraq will take some time to ensure that all survivors of torture and sexual violence receive the medical and legal support they deserve, adding that continued cooperation provides better experiences for survivors and strengthens national justice mechanisms, noting for example that the Baghdad Directorate was opened in March. 2024, a new clinical management unit dedicated to rape cases whose mission is to conduct forensic documentation of survivors of sexual violence.
    The report concluded by saying that in order to address conflict-related sexual violence, the Iraqi authorities need to develop the capabilities of the Iraqi judicial system, which is supposed to include international elements to prosecute and address crimes that reach the level of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
    Translated by: Shafaq News Agency
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