Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Women’s Rights on Decline in Iraq

As reported by News Blaze, “women in Iraq’s Parliament say they were heartened by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s pledge in a speech before the U.S. Congress last week to improve women’s rights.” However, the “women warn that women’s rights have declined as the country’s security situation has worsened and the influence of fundamentalist Islamists increases,” the report says.

According to the report, “30 of the Parliament’s 275 members have signed a declaration calling for legislators to clarify the rights of women. The legislation was submitted in June, but has yet to be voted on.” The report says that “the signers believe this is not just about women’s rights, but about how much control religious leaders will have over their government.”

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