Posted by: becketfund | October 7, 2008

Iraq: Citizens Unite to Restore Minorities Rights Law

BAGHDAD ā€“ About 75 Christians and others gathered at a church on October 6 to demand that the Iraqi Parliament reinstate a section of an earlier version of a provincial elections law that ensured political representation for Iraq’s minorities, the NY Times reported on October 7. The provision, which allowed for provincial council seats for Christians and two other minority groups, was dropped before Parliament approved the elections law on Sept. 24 in 2008. Thair al-Sheekh, a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad, who attended the protest, said “We have a question mark at this point about why our government is rejecting us.” He was also of the opinion that Parliament’s removal of the provision for minorities was the most significant political development for Christians since American troops overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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