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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Joe Wilson (2nd District of South Carolina)

Nov 27, 2019

Press Release

On November 26, Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 5276, The Iraq Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019 in response to the ongoing attacks targeting Iraqi protesters which started this year in early October:

“The people of Iraq deserve meaningful government reform to put an end to the rampant corruption and Iranian influence that have paralyzed their country,” said Congressman Wilson. “The Iraq Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019 sends a clear, bipartisan message of support from Congress to the Iraqi people by requiring a measure of accountability for those individuals whose human rights have been violated.”

“The violence inflicted against Iraqis peacefully protesting for their rights must stop.  With this bill, Congress is sending a clear signal that the United States stands with the Iraqi people in their fight against corruption and malign foreign influence, and their struggle for justice,” said Congressman Tom Malinowski.

The Iraq Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019:

  • Supports democracy and human rights in Iraq, including the right to free speech and assembly guaranteed in the Iraqi constitution. 
  • Supports calls for meaningful government reform to combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law and transparency in Iraq.
  • Condemns attacks against peaceful protesters and demands accountability for those, directly and indirectly, involved in perpetrating human rights violations against protesters in Iraq.
  • Requires a State Department review to determine if senior Iraqi officials involved in the attacks on protesters, including senior leaders in the Popular Mobilization Forces, meet criteria for the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act.