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Iraq: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4776, tabled on 21 December 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December (HL4270 and HL4271), whether they have asked, or will ask, the government of Iraq to end the requirement for religious affiliations to be shown on identity cards.

Answered on

6 January 2016

The current National Identity Law does not require Iraqi citizens to mention their religious or tribal affiliations. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior has removed religious affiliations from new identity cards.

We will continue to encourage the Government of Iraq to ensure freedom of religion or belief in Iraq.