Kurdistan region of Iraq

Name of law: Right to Access Information Law in Kurdistan Region-Iraq
First adopted: 2013


Iraqi Kurdistan's law is a relatively progressive piece of legislation, especially in the area of scope and promotional measures. However, there is room for improvement in terms of creating more detailed requesting procedures, ensuring that all exceptions are harm-tested, and establishing sanctions for obstruction of access or protection for good faith disclosures pursuant to the law. The Law should also create a dedicated oversight body for information appeals (such as an information commission), instead of allocating this task to the existing Human Rights Commission in the Kurdistan Region.