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ICC Note: A new law in Iraq would require the conversion of Children to Islam if their father were to convert or if their mom were to marry a Muslim man or a Muslim-Background Christian. The long-term implications for this would be devastating as changing your ID back to Christian is nearly possible. This puts even greater strain on the church in Iraq and raises serious questions regarding the basic rights and religious freedoms in the country.

 

11/16/2015 Iraq (World) – Religious minority groups in Iraq are protesting a new law that would force some children to become Muslim.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged Iraqi President Fuad Masum to reject the recently passed national charter, which could take religious freedom away from children and teenagers, the Catholic News Agency reported. Chaldean Catholics, Yazidis, Mandean, Kakai, and Bahai minorities all opposed the charter. Many protested on Nov. 4, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.

One article of the legislation states that children under 18 years old would have to become Muslim if their fathers convert to Islam or their mothers marry a Muslim man, according to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

 

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