Mohammad Ihsan

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Minister for extra-regional affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Mr Ihsan was appointed Minister for Extra-Regional Affairs in the unified cabinet on 7th May 2006. Born in Zakho in 1965, he has a PhD in international relations from the UK and was Minister for Human Rights from 2001 to 2006 in the Erbil & Dohuk administration.[1]
He was engaged very young in Peshmerga resistance afterwards he exiled in UK, where he worked as a lawyer with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and in meantime he collaborated with the Indictment Committee for a future international trial of Saddam Husein who was still in power.
He came back in Kurdistan and there consecrated most of his activities to launch and organize investigations about Baath regime crimes.
From 2001 to 2006 Dr Mohammad Ihsan was Minister of Human Rights in the Fourth Cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government where he was particularly involved to establish and gather all informations about Baath regime crimes, like displacement or arabization of Kurdish population and its genocide. He is one of the mainly name in the field of discoveries of mass graves and forensic evidences concerning Anfal campaign.
In this new Ministry, Dr Ihsan is devoted to the reintegration of originally Kurdish areas confiscated and arabized by Saddam Hussein regime, which includes Kirkuk, Mosul, Khanaqin, Mendeli, Zurbaniya, Makhmour, Shai Khan, Zumar and Singar.[2]

On 5 November 2006, Dr Ihsan spoke at a screening of the film Saddam's Road to Hell at Westminster, hosted by the Labour Friends of Iraq.[3]


Dr Ihsan has criticised the Iraqi central government over its approach to the disputed city of Kirkuk.[4]