Concerns About Iraqi New Cyber-Crime Law
Stockholm – Skyline international called on the Iraqi parliament to withdraw the legislation on cybercrime law because of the restrictions and severe penalties that strengthen the dictatorship, repression and violate public rights.
Skyline international, an international human rights organization, said in a press statement that the persistence of such legislation represents a consecration of the authority of dictatorship and repression. It imposes the will of power on people by force.
Muath Hamed, the secretary-general of the institution said that such a law will suppress journalists and bloggers by establishing a powerful political media that would have the highest authority and voice in the country.
The Iraqi parliament presents the law for the first time last week in order to be read again during the next sessions to be approved later.
The law includes clauses imposing penalties and fines and the possibility of interpretation of texts according to specific intention, which will make any publication or information published on media or on social media sites questionable to be held accountable, and subject to prison penalties and financial fines.
The law of informatics cybercrimes included 23 articles under various paragraphs, all of which provided penalties ranging from thirty years’ imprisonment to fines reach that could reach to 50 million Iraqi dinars.
These sections focused on electronic information and made it dangerous and harmful to state security.
Hamid urged the members of the Iraqi parliament to amend the controversial provisions of the law and ensure that it protects the freedom of opinion and expression, not restricting it.
“According to the information SkyLine was able to obtain, the proposed law did not go through the legal committee in parliament before it was put to the vote, which raises questions about who has put it, and the legibility of it, and wondered “How to put the law to vote without the knowledge of the Legal Committee? “, Hamed added.
The law provides that any computer or set of connected devices, other electronic devices, data, software, systems and Internet service may be subjected to surveillance and the possibility of opening programs and messages stored in any device if there is suspicion of use or misleading and unrealistic facts. It includes them under the name of ” compromised national security and independence of the country”.
Hamed called on the Iraqi government to refrain from proposing the law to vote, and to amend its controversial and loose articles, and make them more precise and specific to be caught in accordance with international law.
“The law is clearly contravening the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1976.
Concerns About Iraqi New Cyber-crime Law