ASIA/IRAQ - New initiative of minority MP’s against the islamization law of minors

Thursday, 25 February 2016 discrimination  

Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - In recent days, members of Christians present in the Parliamentary Assembly of Iraq have called for greater representation of minorities in the government of technocrats led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, at least in part to stem the marginalization suffered by Christians and other minorities in recent times. This is reported by Iraqi sources consulted by Agenzia Fides.
The same sources inform that last February 21 parliamentary minority representatives sent the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Sunni Salim al Jubouri, an official request for amendment of Article 26 of the national law, which effectively imposes the automatic transition to Islamic religion of minors even when only one of the parents converts to Islam.
With this initiative, the parliamentary representatives of minorities intend to urge the implementation of the resolution to amend the law that the Parliamentary Assembly adopted by a majority already last November. The resolution received the support of 140 MPs out of 206, but after that vote has not been provided any modification of the disputed piece of legislation. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 25/02/2016)