FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2004
Contact: David Mac Dougall
Office of Strategic Communications
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS RECEIVES GIFT OF BOOKS IN ARABIC
Baghdad, Iraq: Today, the newly opened Iraqi Ministry of
Human Rights received a boost to its library. Andrey Glover, CPA Senior Adviser
for Human Rights and Transitional Justice, donated dozens of books and brochures
on human rights law and conventions in Arabic. His Excellency Dr
Abdul Basit Turki Said, Iraqi Minister for Human Rights, received the books on
behalf of his Ministry staff.
Audrey Glover noted how important it was for the Ministry to build up its
reference material in Arabic, saying “during Saddam Hussein’s regime, there was
no respect for human rights in this country. Now, Iraqis themselves are building
a future of freedom and tolerance for others. The CPA can help by supporting the
work of the Ministry of Human Rights on many levels, including giving these much
needed books in Arabic to help encourage debate, learning and understanding”.
Among the material received by the Ministry of Human Rights today were books on
international humanitarian law printed by the International Human Rights Law
Institute in Chicago; and copies of a reference guide to reporting instances of
torture published by the University of Essex in England. The Ministry of Human
Rights also received copies in Arabic of brochures produced by the United
Nations. Topics included economic, social and cultural rights, summary
executions, and race relations.
For more information about the book donation, please email David Mac Dougall at