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Baghdad rejects the law on child brides. Archbishop Warduni: 'Positive sign'
The Iraqi Parliament rejected a draft bill aimed at lowering the minimum age for marriage. The reform would transfer the state's legal jurisdiction over to the state religious authority. Iraqi Church: Critical voices in the country and abroad prevailed; it is fundamental to defend the principle of secularism.
09/11/2017 14:23:00 IRAQ
Baghdad, the new law on civil status is 'similar to that of Daesh'
Approval of some amendments that risk submitting the country to Sharia. It will be possible to lower the marriage age for girls to 12. Imbalance in rights of women and non-Muslims (especially for Christians and Sabean). Member of parliament for Mosul: New law drags the country back 100 years.
Iraqi Christians on constitution: optimism but with some doubts about religious freedom
Patriarch Delly is satisfied by the new text: "It is not perfect, but with time it can be improved." Chaldean Bishop of Mossul: the constitution does not guarantee the freedom to convert from Islam.
Christians want to stay in Iraq, nuncio says
A historically persecuted minority wants to contribute to the rebuilding of the country.
Christian girl, kidnapped and converted by Muslims, returned to family
The alleged conversion has been found to be invalid, because the girl is just 10 years old. But her sister, who was also kidnapped, has been judged to have married by her own will, because she is "more than 16 years old", although her relatives say she is only 13, and that they will appeal to the supreme court.
Kurdistan, a law proposed banning polygamy
A parliamentary committee will present the government with amendments to the civil code aimed at guaranteeing equal women’s rights, “in full respect of Islamic law”; changes to divorce and inheritance laws also proposed, Muslim leaders condemn the moves.
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