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Iraq: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4270, tabled on 7 December 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Iraq's National Identity Law, and the impact that it will have on religious minorities in Iraq and their right to freedom of religion or belief.

Answered on

16 December 2015

We are concerned by Iraq’s proposed National Identity Law, in particular Article 26 which could restrict freedom of religion or belief, which is a basic human right.

We welcome the resolution adopted by the majority of the Iraqi Council of Representatives on 17 November declaring its intention to amend the law.

The National Identity Law is yet to be discussed since Parliament has been in recess. We will continue to monitor this issue closely.