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Iraq: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1514, tabled on 11 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about Article 26(2) of the National Identity Card Law which prescribes that children born to one Muslim parent must be registered as Muslim; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that policy on children born following rape perpetrated by Daesh fighters against those belonging to religious minorities.

Answered on

25 February 2020

We have concerns with Article 26 of the National Identity Card Law as it limits an individual's freedom of religion. We have made clear our concerns to the Government of Iraq. Children born of sexual violence under Daesh remain particularly vulnerable and present significant protection challenges. We continue to engage with the Government of Iraq on the importance of ensuring all children in Iraq, including those born of rape, have access to identification documents so they can attend school and access healthcare.