|2nd Minister for Human Rights|
May 2004 – May 2005
|President||Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer|
|Prime Minister||Ayad Allawi|
|Preceded by||Abdel Basset Turki|
|Succeeded by||Narmin Othman|
|Spouse(s)||Safia Taleb Ali al-Suhail|
|Alma mater||University of Paris|
|Occupation||Politician, Human Rights Activist|
In France, Amin was the secretary general of the Kurdish Institute and active in the International Alliance for Justice group that campaigned against Saddam Hussein's human rights violations. In 2001 he was invited to give evidence to the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights as an expert on the political and human rights situation there.
He condemned Saddam Hussein for creating a "museum of crimes, land of sorrow and hopelessness" and said that there will be "generations" of "genetic mutations suffered by the survivors of his chemical, biological and radiological attacks" in Halabja. He called for the creation of an International Court for Iraq, along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Amin returned to Iraq following the 2003 invasion of Iraq and overthrow of Saddam Hussein. In September 2003 he was quoted supporting the decision to sanction Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, saying they were "spreading sectarian and racial hatred" and saying a "western democracy would not allow masked gunmen to appear on TV and make direct threats against government officials" In November he was quoted calling for a referendum to decide whether the death penalty should be restored.
Amin was appointed as the Human Rights Minister in the Iraqi Governing Council in May 2004, following the resignation of his predecessor, Abdel Basset Turki. He was reappointed to the Iraqi Interim Government when that was formed in June 2004.
Amin's wife, Safia Taleb Ali al-Suhail, is a prominent female Iraq politician who was appointed as Ambassador to Egypt in 2004 and elected to the Council of Representatives of Iraq in December 2005.
- Iraq: The interim government leaders, Council on Foreign Relations, 2004-06-02, accessed on 2009-08-15
- A New Mass grave Found in Iraq Kurdistan, Kurdistan Observer, 2002-02-11
- Iraq and the international community (minutes of the public hearing), European Parliament, 2001-02-26
- Testimony By Bakhtiar Amin, Kurdish Media, 2001-04-04
- Fast Facts: Guests of the White House, Fox News, 2005-02-02
- TV Station Boycott Row, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 2003-09-26
- Return of Death Penalty Urged, IWPR, 2003-11-14
- BRAHIMI DISCUSSES POLITICAL TRANSITION, DETAINEE TREATMENT WITH IRAQI LEADERS, United Nations, 2004-05-07
- Interim Iraqi government, BBC, 2004-06-01
- Abu Ghraib 'Immensely' Improved, Iraqi Official Says, Washington Post, 2004-09-17
- See Safia Taleb Ali al-Suhail for more details
- Bourqia, Amin, and Ibrahim to Assemble Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Future, US State Department, 2006-02-02
Abdel Basset Turki
|Human Rights Minister of Iraq
May 2004 - May 2005