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Iraq: 1. Please provide a snapshot of the current security situation in the area of al Rumaitha. 2. What group or groups control the area? 3. If Shi'a, are they conservative regarding the behaviour/dress of women, and how is this manifesting itself? 4. Please provide any information regarding "Mahadi Alwadi" or the "High Council for the Liberation of Iraq", focusing on its attitude towards Shi'a who don't support it

28 April 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide brief background material on the Faili Kurds in Iraq, and their situation under Saddam Hussein. 2. What percentage of Faili Kurds were deported to Iran by Saddam, and how many of these have now returned to Iraq? 3. What is the current legal status of Faili Kurds who were stripped of their citizenship under the Baath regime? 4. Please provide background material on the current situation of the Faili Kurds, particularly in the Baghdad area and in the traditional Faili Kurd area between Baghdad and the Iranian border. Is there any evidence that they are experiencing harassment, discrimination or violence as a result of their race or religion? 5. How effective are the security forces in providing protection to minority groups at present? 6. Is it possible to fly directly into Baghdad at present?

26 April 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Are there significant numbers of Sunnis in or around Zubayr? 2. Have there been recent instances of attacks on Shi'a clerics or Shi'as generally in or around Zubayr, or of other insurgent activity attributed to radical Sunnis?

11 April 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq/Iran: 1. Do the children born in Iran have Iraqi nationality? 2. Do the children born in Iran have Iranian nationality?

7 April 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide information on the al-Dulimi tribe and its relationship with Saddam. 2. Is it traditionally based around al-Ramadi and Falluja? 3. Are the al-Dulimis known to be involved in the current insurgency in Iraq? 4. Are there any reports of forced recruitment by insurgents - particularly in the Falluja district? 5. What is the current strength of the insurgency? 6. Are tribal loyalties such that a member would be expected to join an insurgency if the tribe did so, or are there political divisions within tribes? 7. Do men who have affairs with married women suffer retribution from the woman's family? 8. What role, if any, would the tribe play in such a circumstance? 9. How effective are the security forces in providing protection at present?

23 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide any available information on the Alqrashmah tribe. 2. In particular, any information on the geographical spread of members of this tribe would be helpful. 3. Is there any information on predominant ethnicity and political allegiance of this tribe? 4. Is there any evidence of land disputes or tribal fighting in a place called Alhalaf?

21 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide an update of the general security situation within Iraq, and particularly in Baghdad, and the effectiveness of the Interim Government. 2. What is the current strength of former supporters of Saddam/Ba'athists? 3. Who are their main targets? 4. What is the current strength of Islamic extremists such as the al-Sadr militants? 5. Who are their main targets? 6. How effective are the security forces in providing protection to potential targets? 7. Is there any evidence that returning refugees are being targeted because they are seen as supporters of the Coalition occupation or for other reasons eg wealth? 8. Are there any reports of insurgents - Baathist, Sunni or Shia - targeting Iraqis who have returned from the West because they are deemed "collaborators"? 9. By what means are Iraqi returnees transported from neighbouring countries to Baghdad? 10. Have there been any reports of employees of transport companies providing information about their passengers to insurgents or any other non-State organisation within Iraq?

18 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide a written "snapshot" of al Qurnah. 2. What is the security situation there? 3. What groups exercise power there? 4. Are there recent reports of any hostility there between liberal/secular Shi'a and more conservative or extremist groups?

8 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Is it possible for an Iraqi national in Australia, without a current Iraqi passport, to now obtain an Iraqi passport on which to travel to return to Iraq (now or in the near future)? 2. Is it the case that DIMIA (or DFAT) would support/facilitate an approach to the Iraqi authorities to obtain a document for such a person? 3. Is there an Iraqi mission in Australia, or plans for one in the relatively near future? (If not, where would such approaches be directed?)

19 January 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iraq: 1. Please provide any available information on the activities of CARE AUSTRALIA in Duhok between 1993 and 1995. 2. Please provide any available information on the activities of the World Food Program in Duhok province in late 1996 and early 1997. 3. Is there any evidence that an organisation called Kandeel Humanitarian Program ran a camp at Atroosh in 1997? 4. Is there any evidence that such a camp provided shelter and safe haven to families of the PKK who were pursued by the Turkish authorities? 5. Which Kurdish group controlled Duhok province in 1997? 6. Was there fighting between the KDP and the PKK in Duhok province in 1997?

12 January 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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