Why Iraq Needs a Court of Truth and Reconciliation Now

Today [Vice President] al-Hashimi stands accused of a number of crimes. If he is convicted, the Iraqi people fear they will never get the chance to question him properly because of the prevailing atmosphere of hatred, corruption and fear and because of the social chasms that divide the Iraqi people themselves. And if it turns out that al-Hashimi was the victim, then there are concerns that those who made him into the victim will simply get away with it.

Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that we could really use a court of truth and reconciliation today. Until that happens though, one can only mourn the fact that, as yet, the Iraqi government doesn’t seem to have considered such an institution a valuable option – which it would be, especially in this era characterized by cultural and academic illiteracy and ignorance.

(Source: NIQASH)

Faris Harram was born in 1972 and lives in Najaf. Following degrees in philosophy from the universities of Baghdad and Koufa, Harram has worked as a cultural journalist, poet, author and playwright and has won many awards for his work including the UAE al-Shariqa poetry prize in 2005 for his collection One Time. Harram also collaborated with Abdul Mouhsen Saleh in writing "Iraq- 360 degrees" which chronicled the Iraqi refugee diaspora (published by MICT in cooperation with the Fredrich Ebert foundation). Following the collapse of the Saddam regime Harram and a number of his friends in Baghdad established the Najeen Group for Culture and Arts.

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