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Kurdish activists denounce Iraq’s child marriage bill

By Rudaw 12/11/2017
Kurdish activists in Sulaimani slammed on Sunday  bid from the Iraqi parliament to amend Iraq's Personal Statues Law which would allow girls as young as nine years to get married. Photo: Facebook/Raman Gareb
Kurdish activists in Sulaimani slammed on Sunday bid from the Iraqi parliament to amend Iraq's Personal Statues Law which would allow girls as young as nine years to get married. Photo: Facebook/Raman Gareb
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -  A group of activists from civil society organizations gathered in Sulaimani on Sunday and strongly criticized attempts to change Iraq’s Personal Statues Law that would allow marriage of girls as young as nine years.

"Raising this petition comes when some blocs inside the Iraqi parliament are trying to pass sectarian laws which violate human rights and children’s rights," read a petition from the activists.

The petition also read: "This new bill to amend the Personal Statues Law will authorize religious men to enforce illegal marriages and force girls under 18 to live with their in-laws. This is a setback to the achievements Iraqi women made and struggled for half a century ago."

The House of Representatives voted "in principle" on Nov. 1 to approve amendments which could allow 9 year old girls to marry. The draft is based on the Jaafari school of Shiite religious jurisprudence.

If passed, the law would only apply to the country's Shiite citizens and residents.

"The participants of the gathering throw their full support behind girls and women, the civic and democratic parties and those who demand equality, justice and freedoms against such laws which place Iraq in terms of lawmaking alongside the backward countries," the petition read.

The law will do the future generations a great harm, the activists warned.

"Parliament members will come under a historical and moral responsibility if they turn this bill into a law," they said.

The United Nations in Iraq, UNAMI, women's rights campaigners and some other rights organizations slammed the bid wanting women's rights fully respected and protected.

"I call upon the Council of Representatives to seize this opportunity of the process to amend the Personal Status Law," said Jan Kubis, the special representative to Iraq of the UN Secretary-General through a statement on Thursday.

Versions of the bill, also proposed in 2014, have included provisions that prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims, legalize marital rape by stating that a husband is entitled to have sex regardless of his wife's consent, and prevent women from leaving the house without permission from their husbands, according to Human Rights Watch.

The suggested changes could violate child protections enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The 1994 treaty defines a child as any human being under the age of 18 unless the age of majority is decided through national legislation. Iraq is a signatory of the Convention.

Comments

 
Mcha Londone | 12/11/2017
So the Kurdish vote fro independence is illegal (Iraqi Gov), but abusing 9 year old children isn't ? Is this for real? you want us Kurds to live alongside these so called humans? When will you people realise that religion is a guide, its a faith its beautiful, until these "Beards" come along and taint it, and translate it into what suits THEM! We all know none of you care about religion, from the bottom of the shit pile to the very top "Supreme Leader", its all about power and money ! You are as Muslim as Daesh is ! Basically that law is a green light for pedophile's and rapists to abuse young innocent girls... The further we place ourselves from these "religious monkeys", will still not be far enough! Well done to our proud Kurdish activists ! Above all from distinguishing us from those disgusting southern scummy so called religious people ! If that's your religion, then shame on you and the religion! YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY ! REDRAW THE MAPS!!! BIJI KURD W KURDISTAN!
unbelievable | 12/11/2017
Do these Iraqis live in the 21st Century or the 10th Century?! Women are humans not cattle.
Jagerxin derashy | 13/11/2017
What the hell is going so called state of Iraq is make Pedophilia legal?? paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children’s, you sick bastards! How long world will sty silent! And even support those selfish dirty basted???? But at the end it’s not USA and Europe’s kids who will suffer so I guess it’s ok! I’m angry I’m very angry!! Trump merkel marcon theresa may remember those kids could have been you daughter!!! Help pls help those powerless kids! God have given you authority and power to help those who can’t themselves please help please !
Jagerxin derashy | 13/11/2017
Go on mr James Norman Mattis go ahead and praise Abadi and he’s pedophile government for the great democratic lows they’re and children’s rights, I mean you praised him few days ago at NATO gathering for he’s patients and and the use of Abram tanks to kill Kurdish children!
Karin | 28/11/2017
This is disgraceful!! These clerics and government officials supporting this proposal are pedophiles and twisted. Women and children deserve the same rights and same protections as me. All are equal. This misogyny is an embarrassment to your country, to males everywhere and to humanity.
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