Tag Archives | Martin Kobler

SRSG Kobler Calls for Constructive Dialogue

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is closely following the course of the demonstrations that are currently taking place in several Iraqi governorates. UNAMI is committed to support the political and human rights of all Iraqi citizens, as well their social, cultural and economic rights, in the framework of the rule of law. […]

UNAMI Welcomes Amendment to Elections Law

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), welcomed the approval by the Iraqi Council of Representatives yesterday of the fourth amendment to the Governorate Council elections law, which determines the seat allocation formula to be applied in the elections. “The amendment was the final element in approving the legal […]

UNAMI Welcomes Voter Registration

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), has welcomed the beginning of the first voter registration update in three years as part of preparations for the forthcoming Governorate Council elections on 20 April 2013. “The opening of 891 Voter Registration Centres is an important step towards transparent […]

Kobler: Speak with One Voice to Curb Violence Against Women

By Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. The frightful story of young Malala Yousafzai has shocked the world over the last weeks. This 15-year-old Pakistani girl almost lost her life because she spoke out for the right of girls to go to school. Like many others, I was shaken […]

UN’s Kobler Welcomes Announcement of Council Elections

By John Lee. The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, has welcomed the decision announced on 30 October 2012 by the Government of Iraq to set 20 April 2013 as the date for the forthcoming Governorate Council elections, following consultations with the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). “Setting […]

Kobler Calls for Commitment to Peaceful Conflict Resolution

By John Lee. On the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), called on all Iraqis to commit to resolving differences solely through non-violent means. “I am deeply concerned by the increasing violence Iraq has witnessed recently,” Mr. Kobler said. “Official figures […]

UNAMI Welcomes Appointment of IHEC Board

The Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), welcomed the official appointment of eight members of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). “I welcome this appointment. It now paves the way for the conduct of governorate council elections in early 2013,” Mr. Kobler said. […]

No Democracy Without Elections, No Elections Without IHEC

By Martin Kobler, Special Representative for the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. Over the past few years, millions of Iraqi men and women have made their way home from polling booths across the country, proudly displaying their fingers dyed bright purple by the ink that symbolizes their vital contribution to the political process. I […]

UN Concerned over Delay in New Electoral Board

By John Lee. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), has expressed his concern over the delay in selecting the new Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). “Any further postponement in appointing the new Commissioners would pose a serious threat to the democratic process in […]

Video: UN Special Representative on Security in Iraq

Informal comments to the media by Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI): (Source: United Nations) For more analysis on the current security situation please see today’s report from our Expert Blogger John Drake.