This morning, Monday (March 28, 2022), the first specialized forum (Documenting Extremism Crimes in Iraq: Its Methods, Mechanisms, Challenges), which is held by the Iraqi Center for Documentation of Extremist Crimes of the Department of Intellectual and Cultural Affairs at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, in collaboration with the Mulla Kabeer Research Institute/ Koya University.
The forum was held in Imam Hassan Hall (peace be upon him) at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, in the presence of a number of its board members and officials, in addition to religious and academic figures from different sects.
The opening of the forum began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an, then the recitation of Surat Al-Fatihah in memory of the martyrs of Iraq, followed by listening to the national anthem and the anthem of the Holy Shrine (the melody of pride).
Followed by the speech of the General Secretariat of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, delivered by its board member; Sayed Laith al-Mousawi, in which he called for intensifying efforts towards documenting every single crime of crimes that affected the lives of Iraqis and drenched their pure blood...
This was followed by the speech of the preparatory committee for the forum, delivered by Prof. Dr. Hoshyar Zaki Hassan, after which the research sessions were opened. The first session was chaired by Assistant Professor Qais Nasser Rahi from the Iraqi Center for Documentation of Extremist Crimes. The summaries of three research studies were read as follows:
- Dr. Hisham al-Alawi from the Department of Human Rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and his research was entitled (The Approach of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Documenting the Crimes of Extremist Groups against Iraqis and Their Mechanisms for Defining the Crimes of ISIS).
- Prof. Dr. Salah al-Jabri, Head of the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Genocide from the University of Baghdad, and his research was entitled (Map of Genocide in Iraq).
- Mr. Hussein Ahmed Bunya, director of the Islah prison in Dhi Qar, and his research was entitled (Classification of Extremism Crimes and Its Impact on Methods of Treatment in Iraqi Prisons... Islah Prison as a Model).
As for the second research session, which was chaired by Dr. Muhammad al-Barzanji from Koya University, witnessed the participation of:
- Prof. Dr. Alaa Shattan, head of the UNESCO Chair for Dialogue from the University of Kufa, and his research was entitled (The United Nations Strategy in Documenting Extremist Crimes in Iraq... The Speicher Crimes and Badoush Prison as a Model).
- Prof. Dr. Hirsch Muhammad Amin from the University of Sulaymaniyah, and his research was entitled (Victims of the chemical bombing of Halabja and an attempt to document by an eyewitness).
- Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jabbar is a researcher at the Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, and his research was entitled (Youth and their Empowerment in Documenting Extremist Crimes in Iraq according to UN Resolution 2035).
It is hoped that the research sessions will resume this afternoon.
It is noteworthy that the forum aims to exchange experiences and unify and combine efforts to document the crimes of extremism that the sons of Iraq have been subjected to, adopt scientific approaches to document extremism crimes, follow the correct mechanisms, learn about the most important challenges facing documentation processes and suggest ways to overcome them.