Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
According to the Report on the Practice of Iraq, IHL is taught in Iraqi military colleges.
In 2011, the Iraqi National Human Rights Plan, adopted by the Council of Ministers, stated:
Chapter Three: Civil and Political Rights
- The right to life
- Develop knowledge-building curricula and training for Armed and Security forces on human right[s], International and Humanitarian law as well as their fields of application.
In 2012, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Iraq stated:
The Iraqi armed forces provide recent high school graduates with numerous educational opportunities for admission to a number of military colleges throughout Iraq which provide the Iraqi army with officers of all ranks. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence cooperates with the Ministry of Human Rights and other ministries and with specialized international organizations to develop curriculums and training in these educational institutions. Consequently, the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law, primarily the four  Geneva Conventions, are taught in Iraqi military colleges. Moreover, the Iraqi Government provides continuing training for the graduates of military colleges in the form of specialized training courses on international humanitarian law and human rights organized by the Human Rights Department in the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. In addition, the Centre for Military Values and Principles organizes training courses and programmes on international humanitarian law and international human rights law in cooperation with human rights experts and training institutions.