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January 13, 2021 

UPDATE: Yesterday, Republic Underground news reported that the International Justice Organization (UK) would host a woman entrepreneur empowerment event on January 14. We have since learned that there will, in fact, be two events. One on Friday the 15th and one on Saturday the 16th.

IJO Mideast conference flyer (1)

All scheduling is in Kuwait and Riyadh Time. To convert to the equivalent time in another time zone, please see this time zone calculator. 


15 JAN 
Begins at 0 6: 00 P M Kuwait/Riyadh time. 


Final speaker Keynotes Andress Romer

SAT Jan. 16, Begins at 10 am Kuwait/Riyadh time. 



The following links are the Zoom links to access the separate events: 

Friday meeting



Saturday meeting 

• The International Justice Organization announced the appointment of Mohammed Alaza (Secretary General) and a member of the European Court of Arbitration in London, Dr. Amir Alfaraj, the representative of the ISCOR (London) and member of the European Court of Arbitration, Dr. Muhammad Al-Murad, Head of the Bar in Tripoli and the North of Lebanon, Dr. Alfredo Mylisa, former minister and official charged with developing international relations between Italy and the Middle East, and Irina Tsukerman, a specialist in national security affairs, to the advisory body in September 2020.

February 12, 2021 

Above, the International Justice Organization is proactive in its opposition of Islamist terrorism. This letter highlights the stance IJO takes against Ansra Allahs’ abuse of civilians in Yemen. 

Republic Underground News media vice president Irina Tsukerman joined the International Justice Organization’s recent event to discuss opportunities for education against Islamism in the Middle East. She gave her remarks on what opportunities the United States and the Arab States had to proceed with cooperation, in designating Islamist extremism and opening up pipelines of education and trade in the region.

She began her commentary as follows: 

I’m really honored to be here, and thanks to Mohammed for organizing. Thank you so much to Dr. Belfer and the others for their remarks. I am, in fact, also, a lawyer and a national security one at that. So, I can commiserate with Dr. Belfer a little bit, but I would also like to slightly disagree with him. 

I think being a professional in the field of security is what allows us to tackle the issues that can then result in the positive trade-off that others mentioned. To focus on weapons or to focus on education. In some ways, the field of security is not just about weapons, it’s just as much about education. This is what I’m going to address here. We’re in the midst of amazing opportunities for cooperation between western countries and the Middle East. Between governments and governments, but also between governments and people, and people and people. 

We’ve had obstacles, we’ve had challenges, and we’re certainly going to have differences in laws, but there are many ways to overcome them. We’ve seen increasingly that our countries are finding paths toward greater cooperation. 

I will focus in my remarks on the United States and its opportunities for countering extremism in conjunction with the Arab States. There’s been a couple of specific developments that I will focus on. 

One is the recent designation of Ansar Allah, also known to many people as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States government. That indicates that there is going to be a freezing of funding for this organization, and its members will not be able to travel to the United States. They’re basically persona non grata. 

This is an important development for a number of reasons. Not only is the United States acknowledging that this organization has engaged in acts of terrorism against civilians, and that their methods and approaches are not welcome or constructive, but that the United States is actually taking action to recognize that, and that it is taking an opportunity to actively contribute to the fight against the sort of methods and ideologies that are wreaking havoc not just in Yemen, where this group is based, but all over the region increasingly. They present a danger to international trade, and when that happens, it’s a global danger to prosperity around the world and not just to the Middle East. 

So, what are the actionable steps to promote that cooperation? Some are concerned that, for political reasons, sanctions may not be enforced in the future. The reality is that enforcement of sanctions is as much about education and cooperation on a non-political legal level as it is about political decision making and political will. If you want to have the political will, you start with education. 

If you start with informing the voters, the American citizens, and later on citizens in other countries, why this approach is important, why this organization is similar to Hezbollah with which it is aligned, and which receives complete recognition from all administrations and members of Congress as a terrorist organization. “

Tsukerman then laid out how the U.S. government had made preliminary provisions for cooperating on the Ansra Allah terrorism designation. Yet, there was still quite a bit of work that needed to be done by way of public education, as Tsukerman highlighted the fact that the provisions for this terror designation were only a new partnership. She noted that the public needed to be educated on how Ansra Allah cooperates with Yemen, prevents the distribution of humanitarian aid in the region, and how it will not be harmful to Yemen to classify the Houthi rebels as terrorists, but would rather have the opposite effect of being beneficial to Yemeni citizens. 

“Saudi Arabia alone has contributed 16 billion dollars to Yemen over the years. The United States has contributed over 600 million dollars in humanitarian aid over the years, but has had to cut it because all of that aid that was supposed to go to the people of Yemen was diverted to Ansrah Allah,” said Tsukerman.

“This is the information that does not get to the public. Educational efforts must be spent. Right now, the discourse in the United States has been dominated by entities associated with Ansar Allah. This designation will allow investigation of these entities, and their domination of the public discourse and narrative, but this is where a joint investment must come in.” 

Tsukerman then detailed the recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization by scholars of Islam in the Arab States. While this was not an entirely new development, as the Arab States have outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood for a number of years, Tsukerman noted that this was a development that shows an acknowledgment by the religious community that the Muslim Brotherhood has no ideological justification in Islam. This, she stated, sent a message to Muslim communities around the world guiding them to cooperate with authorities to the sabotage of enablers and facilitators of this movement. 

Tsukerman then noted how the United States has hosted organizations that have claimed to support a diverse group of Muslim communities. 

However, many of these organizations have spread ideological division and disenfranchised the Muslim community that disagrees with the discourse. These organizations stand in the way of promoting diversity and prosperity of Muslims in both the United States and in the Middle East. 

Tsukerman likewise noted the difficulties presented to the international community over terrorism organization designation because of the differences in laws in the United States and the Middle East. In the U.S., a terror organization is classified by its direct participation in or facilitation of violence. 

The debate has been anchored in whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood has had a hand in the direct facilitation of violence. The classification issue argument circled the fact that groups that began with the Muslim Brotherhood went on to become separate entities, and then these separate entities committed acts of terrorism. 

“This argument more and more is becoming moot as the Muslim Brotherhood has been connected to direct acts of violence,” said Tsukerman. 

Tsukerman then emphasized the importance of educational efforts and providing counter ideology.

“The United States has lost the plot on this,” Tsukerman stated, noting that the United States would be “outplayed” because it had not promoted educational and humanitarian projects. She stated that, on the private level, the United States must learn to work with Muslim communities to provide education that is not dominated by extreme voices.

“We can be active participants in the marketplace of ideas, not just by responding defensively to what someone else has introduced,” said Tsukerman, believing that the future is full of promise for those who engage.

January 11, 2021 

On January 15, at the IJO will host a conference on the 21st Century Legal Reforms in the Middle East. The conference will feature a VIP list of prominent guest speakers. Timberwolf-Phoenix LLC. media vice president Irina Tsukerman joins that exclusive line up. Timberwolf-Phoenix LLC. is the parent company of Republic Underground.

Keynote speakers will include Andres Romer of UNESCO, Dr. Alfredo Mylisa, who is a former minister responsible for developing international relations between Italy and the Middle East, and Belfer Mitchell, Founder and head of the European Gulf Information Center in Rome.

Speakers will include Irina Tsukerman, Matthew Robinson, Mohammed Al-aza, the Secretary General of the International Justice Organization who is also a member of the European Court of Arbitration, Dr. Amir Alfaraj, the representative and president of the European Court of Arbitration, Antonio Navalon, Muhammad Al-Murad, head of the bar North Tripoli, Al Wazinah Falah, a lady entrepreneur, Hayfaa Al-Dakhil, a Saudi diplomat, Zahra Baqer, Dr. Muna Abdullah Al-Ghuraibi, an assisant professor of political sociologoy at King Saud University, Dr. Driss Najim, a human rights advisor for the Moroccan Minister of Justice, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Taych, the President of Canada Global Centre, Turky Al-Muammary, a lawyer in the Sultanate of Oman, Muriel Devilliers, LUMU Invest founder, and Al-Sheikah Awatef Al-Sabah, the founder of Puresoul Master Life Coach.

Discussions will include economic, political, social and business-high tech topics, that surround the empowerment of women in society.

The dialogue adminstrators will include journalists and Saudi broadcasters.

To sign up and to attend the Zoom virtual meeting, write to info@justicee.uk.

February 14, 2021 

“Thank you so much, and thank you to the organizers for putting together such an eclectic mix of speakers and experts across different areas of expertise and time zones. I will be joining you from the very north coast of Northern Ireland, on what is a wet and cold evening here,” said Robinson.

Prior to my time as the director of the Euro-Gulf Information Center in Rome, I served as a legislative and political advisor to the British Conservative Party’s delegation in the European Parliament. Five of those years I served as chief of staff and principal advisor to the chairman of the delegations for relations with Iraq. I pulled together my legal expertise in constitutional work and my own political work for the party. From my expertise in that area, I will focus my allotted time to focus on Iraq for the purpose of this discussion.”

Robison stated that Iraq has entered a new phase in fighting against the Islamic State.

“The time has come for the government to seize the opportunity to focus on protecting Iraqis basic rights in bringing Iraq’s laws in line with international standards and in line with the standards of some of their neighbors.”

He stated that the Iraqi government had the opportunity to address and focus on robust legislative reforms and proposals with the formation of Iraq’s new government last year. He noted that Iraqi law has not yet been brought up to speed or been seized with the type of urgency that is needed to fully address the proposed ideals and reforms that have been submitted.

He noted that Iraqi citizens have the right to hire an attorney or have one appointed by the government, which is allowed in the Iraqi constitution. He emphasized that detainees and lawyers have reported for years that the authorities have not allowed lawyers to be present during interrogations, which is unacceptable.

“The amendments would require all facilities citing detainees and courthouses to provide adequate space to allow for consultation with lawyers, including private rooms. The amendments proposed would require authorities to allow lawyers to be present for traditional investigative functions, to review all related documents, and to be alerted in advance about upcoming procedures in a case. It would prohibit interrogation of a suspect unless they are accompanied by a lawyer, and nullify any interrogation in which that did not happen.

The amendments include sanctions for authorities who interfere with lawyers rights and professional duties, and order the authorities if any criminal complaint is filed against a lawyer.”

He stated that the delay of the parliamentary hearing of these bills is no longer acceptable. He also detailed that, in addition to a review of lawyer and client rights, the review of anti-torture laws is not on the table. He stated that the new proposals would require the dismal of the party that allegedly uses torture during torture.

He likewise highlighted new proposals regarding enforced disappearance and laws that would formally criminalize this. He noted that Iraq has one of the highest rates of missing person cases in the world, and a number of them are enforced disappearance. He highlighted the most recent case of enforced disappearances of protest participants in protest movements in October 2019.

“Countless Iraqis are calling for the Parliament and government to take action on that bill. The new government should use this opportunity to resubmit it to Parliament for swift review, and lobby for swift passage of the legislation.”

He then stated that the Iraqi Prime Minister committed on May 9 to investigate the killings of over 600 protestors since October 2019. He noted that it was important that the government should, as part of the investigation, identify and make public those who engaged in and coordinated these killings, and hold these people responsible. He stated that the government should move to compensate the victims of killings.

Next, he focused his remarks on the bills that have been pending regarding anti-domestic violence. This bill has been pending since 2015 and includes measures to combat domestic violence. He noted that these provisions are more urgent given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, which confines many families to their residences, which is a situation of domestic violence that would be conducive to prolonged proximity.

He also highlighted the issues of prison overcrowding, and how the government had issued some releases. He noted the prime importance of establishing the criteria for releases. He likewise stated that the overcrowding of prisons creates a complication in Iraq’s current prison system because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as overcrowding has happened in overcrowded conditions. The criteria for release is in question, but he noted that in Iraq’s current prison system.

Then, he turned his remarks to highlight the importance urgent government reform to address government corruption, the Iranian influence, and budget uses.

“Of course, the elephant in the room is to address the victims of Daesh in the region, and ensure proper legal accountability of their crimes,” said Robinson.

He then raised the question of the curation of investigative teams to promote accountability for crimes committed by Daesh could be turned into something workable. He emphasized that the Iraqi Parliament must reform its criminal legal system to achieve justice for Daesh victims, more broadly for women and girls. The Iraqi legal system is currently not codified to address the sexual crimes of Daesh that include rape with objects, forced marriage, as well as gender-motivated tortured. These crimes, he noted would go sadly unpunished under the current system.

He also noted that international atrocity crimes of genocide and war crimes.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to applaud the work of a good friend and former colleague William Spencer done through his work at the organization the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. He has done sterling lobby work off Iraqi judges and the Iraqi justice system in this area.

In closing, I don’t wish to take up any more precious time, I would say that security has rightly dominated the legislative and government agenda in Iraq over the past decade. That has, of course, been proper and correct considering the Iraq war and the atrocious crimes committed by ISIS in this area. However, this new government must now take action and it must now be the basic rights of all Iraqis that must take priority and only an urgent form of the Iraqi legal system that can see this realized.”

He concluded his arguments by stating that there was good reason for optimism, as there is a good raft of sound bills and proposals with which to work. He stated now that an initiative was to see these many bills come to fruition.