Rejection Towards Amendments to Personal Status Law

11/18/2017 9:09:50 PM

A Gathering to Show Rejection Towards Amendments to Personal Status Law

On November 12th, CDO in collaboration with Metro Center as well as 34 organizations in the Sulaimani city gathered to demonstrate their rejection.
 The gathering was against the proposed changed to the Personal Status Law which  a number of lists in the Iraqi Parliament attempt  to apply tribal rules by enabling them to determine their own parameters for marriage which are against the humans and :children rights. This is the content of the accord:

To the President of Iraq , Fouad Maasum 
To the members of committee representative of Iraq
To those participating in the women committee representative of Iraq
To the Prime Minister, Haidar Abaddi

We as the humanitarian organizations in the Sulaimani city stand against the amendments to Iraqi Personal Status Law that was decided upon on September 2017 to exist in the plans of the Iraqi Parliament.
This accord is presented at a time when a number of lists in the Iraqi Parliament attempt to apply tribal rules by enabling them to determine their own parameters for .marriage which are against the humans and children rights
The accord stands against the proposed changed to the Personal Status Law which its principles does not implement any equality that is been discussed in the 14th chapter in the Iraqi Constitution.

The attendants of the gathering showed their complete support for the girls, women, democratic and civilian forces- those who demand equality, justice, and freedom as well as any rule that draws Iraq back to the rank of undeveloped countries.

Ladies and gentlemen:

These organizations, condemn the crime rule (marriage without the use of law). This rule also supports a sort of relationship that the community rejects. In addition, it does not apply equality amongst the Iraqis and inactivates the 5th chapter of the Constitution that is about “rule above all and applies to all”.
This new rule in the Personal Status Law gives the authority to the religious men to create illegal marriages such as forcing girls to marry under the age of 18 and women to live with their fathers in law- these are failures to the Iraqi women achievements which they fought for in the past half century.
Members of committee representative of Iraq are held ethically and historically responsible if this rule is been implemented. The future generations will be greatly disadvantaged due to this rule and the faces of the parliamentarians will be forever associated with it.
Sulaimani, November 12th, 2017.
It is decided that tomorrow this accord with the signatures of all participating organizations will be sent to the Iraqi Parliament Office.


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