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Iraqi Women's Rights Are Being Stripped

The US-backed Iraqi Governing Council has cancelled current family laws and moved family law under the jurisdiction of Islamic (sharia) law. Urge the Bush Administration to use their authority to overturn Resolution 137.


Iraqi women's rights activists protested putting these areas under Islamic law because they would destroy the status of Iraqi women's rights regarding marriage, child custody, divorce and inheritance. According to Zakia Ismael Hakki, a prominent Iraqi female judge, "this new law will send Iraqi families back to the Middle Ages. It will allow men to have four or five or six wives. It will take away children from their mothers. It will allow anyone who calls himself a cleric to open an Islamic court in his house and decide who can marry and divorce and have rights."

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