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Cablegate: Karbal Human Rights Orginization Meets Prt Karbala Rule Of

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FM REO HILLAH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1043
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INFO RHMFIUU/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HILLAH 000024

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCOR PGOV PHUM PREL IZ
SUBJECT: KARBAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGINIZATION MEETS PRT KARBALA RULE OF
LAW COORDINATOR

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1. (U) This is a PRT Karbala Reporting Cable.

2. (SBU) Summary: On Thursday, March 13, 2008, Karbala PRT Rule
of Law (ROL) Coordinator, met with Mr. Ahmed Sadiq Al-Mosewy
(Karbala Human Rights Organization Coordinator/Justice Network
for Iraq Prisoners), Mr. Nabeel Mohammed Hassan (Deputy Chief of
Karbala Human Rights Organization), and Mr. Falah Abud Al Hassan
(Member of Karbala Human Rights Organization) The meeting was
requested by ROL Coordinator Mathias Onderak and REO Locally
Engaged Staff (LES) Kamel El Hassani to make contact with the
Karbala Human Rights Organization ("KHRO") to discuss the
current KHRO projects and the status of Karbala detainees and
prisoners. A wide range of issues was discussed and including
the pending move of the PRT to Karbala province. End Summary.

3. (SBU) KHRO expressed concern that some projects they had
hoped to work on with the PRT were being delayed or neglected.
ROL Coordinator explained to KHRO that the PRT has been
undermanned and that the USG was ramping up a fully staffed PRT
for deployment specifically for Karbala Province. PRT Karbala
plans to be much more engaged in the province and specifically
the ROL Coordinator is tasked with working on Karbala Province
Rule of Law issues. KHRO and Rule of Law Coordinator agreed
that a PRT and Rule of Law Coordinator dedicated only to Karbala
issues will be beneficial to confronting human rights abuses in
the province.

4. (SBU) KHRO was encouraged that several Karbala judges have
received laptop computers and computer training. KHRO indicated
that more than one month prior they asked the PRT to review a
QRF request regarding advanced computer training for judges and
computer training for legal support staff. KHRO wondered why
they had not heard about the request. ROL Coordinator assured
KHRO that the proposed training programs and QRF request would
be evaluated by the ROL Coordinator. ROL Coordinator made clear
there were no guarantees about fund appropriation for the
program but that the requests would be taken seriously,
reviewed, and an update on the status would be timely provided
to KHRO.

5. (SBU) KHRO explained that the correctional centers in
Karbala are terribly overcrowded and disease infested. KHRO
stated a similar environment exists in the Al Hillah prison
where Karbala Province felony convicts are housed. KHRO also
noted that recently they asked the PRT for assistance and help
on a proposal to provide dental and health care to the prisoners
and receive QRF funds for this purpose. Rule of Law Coordinator
advised this plan and proposals would be timely reviewed along
with the advanced computer training proposal.

6. (SBU) Rule of Law Coordinator asked KHRO for documents on
the number of Karbala Province correctional facilities (adult,
women, and juvenile) and the number of prisoners currently
housed in these facilities. KHRO noted they have done much
research on this issue and agreed to supply this information
with the caveat that some of the evaluations are six months old.

7. (SBU) Rule of Law Coordinator asked KHRO what the effect of
the newly enacted amnesty law had on Karbala correctional
facilities. KHRO stated that they believe as many as 1/3 of all
Karbala prisoners would be released because of the Amnesty Law
(it was explained that this figure includes woman and
juveniles). KHRO did express concern that the Karbala Province
prisoners currently housed in Al Hillah will not have access to
lawyers or be able to file the appropriate documents for
release. Rule of Law Coordinator assured KHRO that the amnesty
law and its' implementation will be discussed shortly when the
Rule of Law Coordinator meets with Karbala Chief Justice Abdul
Nour. KHRO stated that they have found Judge Adbul Nour easy to
work with.

8. (SBU) KHRO commented that they often deal with the very
"dangerous" work of combating public administrative corruption
and asked if this will also be addressed by the new Karbala PRT.
Rule of Law Coordinator indicated that the Karbala PRT is also
concerned about public administrative corruption and has a
governance specialist working in the PRT. KHRO stated that they
hope to work closely with all aspects of the Karbala PRT that
work on human rights issues and thanked the Karbala PRT and the
Rule of Law Coordinator for their service.

9. (SBU) Comment: KHRO was very pleased to hear that a ROL
coordinator was assigned to the PRT. They look forward to
working the many issues that face them and the PRT over the
coming months and years. KHRO can serve a good purpose by being
the eyes and ears for the PRT for Human rights and prisoner
issues. ROL Coordinator surmises there is much work to be done
and is looking forward to the challenge. Karbala has been

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neglected for a period of time and KHRO was pleased to learn
that the USG was re-engaging in the province on all levels and
is looking forward to working with us in the short and long
term. End Comment
COOKE

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