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Promoting Freedom of Religion and Belief in Iraq


With its mosaic of more than 18 religious and ethnic minorities, Iraq is unique in the Middle East. However, many of these minorities only enjoy no or only limited own rights, some are restricted in performing their rituals and traditions. In November 2016, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and its partner Masarat conducted a series of workshops in Bagdad, Basra and Sulaymaniyah aiming at drafting a bill on freedom of religion and belief in Iraq. more…

December 1, 2016

Hezbollah's Involvement in the Syrian Civil War

KAS and MdF publish policy paper on the effects of the involvment on the organisation

Currently, Hezbollah is supporting the Syrian regime with up to 10,000 fighters, and, over the past years, has evolved from a local to a regional player and a key Assad ally. However, in his guest contribution published by KAS and Maison du Futur in November 2016, Bilal Saab of the Atlantic Council argues that Hezbollah is facing an identity crisis, and while the involvement in the Syrian war provided the group with military training and new tactical skills, there have also been disadvantages such as a loss of support from both the Sunni Arab world and some of its Shiite supporters in Lebanon. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | November 30, 2016

Women’s Access to Justice in Iraq


The Iraqi society, and with it, Iraq’s administrative and legal systems, are still largely dominated by men. Therefore, vulnerable and marginalized women often face challenges when trying to access justice and find their way through the administrative system. In September and October 2016, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Democratic House Organization organized a series of workshops in Baghdad and Karbala to train women on their rights and on how to access them. more…

November 27, 2016

Furthering the Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

KAS and HKU hold workshop series for Syrien refugees in Gaziantep

Some of the main obstacles to refugee integration into a host community are often caused by a lack of information on the workings of the host society and its government. A project funded by the KAS Syria/Iraq office and implemented by the Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep from June to October 2016 aimed to counter this problem and to contribute to the integration of the Syrian refugee community in Turkey into the country’s social, economic, cultural and legal systems. more…

November 24, 2016

The Paradox of Refugee Policies in the Middle East

KAS/Nahrain policy paper on the legal status of refugees in the Arab world

Currently, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are among the countries that host the largest refugee populations in the world. However, Egypt and Yemen are the only Arab states that have signed the Geneva Convention of 1951 on the status of refugees. In her guest contribution published in November 2016 by KAS and the Al-Nahrain Center in Baghdad, Laura el Chemali looks at this paradox by comparing the legal status of refugees in different countries of the Arab region, and the consequences that this status – or the lack thereof – entails for their daily lives. more…

November 24, 2016