Iraqi Council of Representatives Ratifies Amended Reinstatement Law

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Three years after the Reinstatement of Politically Motivated Dismissals Law was passed by the Iraqi National Assembly, those whom the law applies to find that that it fails to cover a number of groups that were affected by the previous regime’s tyranny, especially those who were subject to arrests, dismissed from their jobs or even their studies.

This has led a number of them to file grievances with the special commission at the Council of Representatives, in order to find adequate solutions to their cases, especially since they are among those that were affected by that regime. This is what the Grievance Commission faced when it gathered last April 13th with the Commission for Martyrs, Victims and Political Prisoners to discuss the nature of these grievances and the appropriate proposals to resolve them. These proposals were presented to the Council of Representatives, which in turn ratified them after discussing them in depth and making some modifications.

In addition to those covered by the basic law, it covered those who were politically punished by being kept from completing their studies, not being assigned to jobs they were appointed to, or in cases where they did not receive a job in one of the government agencies or the public or mixed sectors after leaving jail or detention centers, including:

1. Those who were forced to quit their studies at Iraqi universities, institutions, different study centers or middle school or high schools, including annexes of the security services.

2. Those who were not granted the employment that was assigned to them following their arrest, jailing or detention or who were expelled or prosecuted.

3. Employees on contract who did not remain at their work for political reasons.

The law also takes into account the length of time of unemployment for political reasons with the goal of a raise, bonus, promotion, and retirement as well as the period of arrest, political jailing or detention and the service afterward with the goal of a raise, bonus, promotion and retirement.

The law gives retirement pensions to those who are at least 68 years of age. This includes those dismissed for political reasons, after taking into consideration the period of politically-motivated dismissal, according to Article 3 of this law. It also provides those covered by this law and those who were not given the job assigned to them due to age or illness a retirement pension, taking into account the period of the dismissal with the goal of a raise, bonus, promotion and retirement. This law does not preclude the inheritors of the deceased from receiving the retirement pension.

The reasons for passing this law are that the amendment is meant to prevent the injustice done to a large segment of those included in the Reinstatement of Politically Motivated Dismissals Law, by specifying at the very least, the actual service accounted for with the goal of a raise, bonus, promotion and retirement, as well as for the sake of closing the gap in the law which excluded a segment that had suffered the same harm.

The Amended Reinstatement of Politically Motivated Dismissals Law to include other segments that suffered from the tyranny and oppression of the previous regime will contribute to rehabilitating these segments. In turn, this will make up for the material and moral damage they suffered. It is also a symbol of the commitment to a new Iraqi era for all social groups, including victims of political dismissals.

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    2008-5-10

    We wish that the people's representatives in parliament remember the suffering of the people when they were outside the parliament, and not through the iron fence, separating them from the people. I went back to my job after I was covered by the political dismissed resolution in 2005. This happened after sponsorship and verifications since 2003, after the fall of the dictator. So far I have not received my benefit for the nearly 21 years I was without job. I am a staff member of the Iraqi Oil Tanker Company, Basra.

  • 2008-5-10

    The problem is that the government makes decisions to serve the people affected by the former regime, but most of the government departments don't understand the application of those decisions. For example, the commission on the political dismissals in Baghdad's Municipality doesn't understand the decisions of the political dismissals and don't know who deserves it and who should get compensation. The only thing they know is to block the transaction and treat people badly. Although the affected people are doing their best to comply with the government regulations because they are truly in need of the compensation, no one cares. For four years now, I am trying to get my political dismissal status. Although several paragraphs in the decisions apply to my case, but because of the ignorance of the staff of the Municipality and their administrative incompetence, adding to that their constant complains regarding the people who need the compensation because of their lack of understanding since the case doesn't ap ply to them, they have been blocking the process. We only have God to help us.

  • 2008-5-10

    To the Complaints Commission in the Council of Representatives. I filed a request regarding the consideration of the actual service in the dissolved Ministry of Youth, to be added to my current service in the Ministry of Municipality and Public Works. I was laid off as a result of abuse resolutions by the cursed Uday. I have not received any answer from you. My service in the Ministry of Youth is more than 13 years. Please help, and God bless you.

  • 2008-5-10

    I was surprised when I read my comment here. Thank you so much. But there is a mistake here. When I finished my studies in Salahedin University, I didnt go back to my country because Saddam was still there. I went to Iran. I stayed there until Saddam was overthrown. I came back to my country in 2003.

  • 2008-5-10

    My dear sir, the president of the Iraqi parliament, Dont you have any other things to worry about besides political employees? Look at the country collapsing! Look at the state of Iraq slipping out of your hands! You should be building and rebuilding. Enough messing about with poor, unlucky government employees; let them be. The people are hungry and might rise up again against the government, as they did in March against the dictator. Enough! Let us live! You are not angels yourselves. Just because you are on the verge of an election, you are now producing a new law every day. Fear God, the Lord of all worlds, and let your employees live like the rest of the people. Please have mercy on us. Consider our living standards. We are dying, please.

  • 2008-5-10

    May peace and Gods mercy and blessings of God be upon you. Your brother in God Ehab Ausha of Alexandria.

  • 2008-5-10

    Our politicians ignorance about our people is due to the fact that they dont have relatives, and they obtained what they didnt deserve, a good job. In the Gods name, do they have relatives who were college students when the Intifada broke out? Were they forced to leave their country because of the tyrants injustice? Did they get lost in Iran, like I did? I was a student in my junior year in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Basra University. As a result of my participation in the Intifada, I had to go to Iran. After two years there, I went to finish my studies in Erbil. After I finished my studies, the Iraqi army entered Erbil, and I had to return to Iran again. After the fall of Saddams regime, I returned to my country and got a job in the Ministry of Oil. Is it my fault that I havent been employed before in Iraq? Should I have stayed in Iraq until I finish my education, waiting for my execution as my uncle was executed? What is unfair and unjust is the treatment of the Intifada students; we di dnt finish our studies because of our efforts to change Iraq. Now, my friends have 18 years of service, and I have only 3 years. Those years I struggled and fought against Saddam have been forgotten.

  • 2008-5-10

    The Law itself seems to be a good step, but what is important is how it is applied.