Naji Haraj

Naji Haraj was born in Saqlawiyah, Iraq—approximately 5 miles from Fallujah. Naji Naji Harajreceived his degrees in diplomacy and international law from the University of Baghdad. He then worked in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry as a diplomat from 1980 to 2003, until he resigned in opposition to the occupation of his country. After freelancing as a human rights advocate for several years, Naji helped form the Geneva International Centre for Justice. Today the GICJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that observes and documents human rights violations and seeks justice for their victims through submitting reports to UN Human Rights Council and other legal bodies. Naji works as the Executive Director of the GICJ, which has published several reports on human rights abuses issues in Iraq, ranging from the abuses of militias, the bombardment of Anbar province, the crimes of ISIS, and ethnic cleansing. Some of the GICJ’s publications include: 

Submission on Iraq to 35th session of UN Human Rights Council (2017)

Report: “Fallujah: Inside the Genocide”

Submission on Iraq to 56th Session of UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Submission on enforced disappearances in Iraq to 9th Session of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Submission on Iraq to the 55th session of the UN Committee Against Torture

Submission on women’s rights in Iraq to 57th Session of UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Report: “Ethnic and Sectarian Cleansing in Diyala”