Post for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts: IRAQI ACTIVISTS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST LEGISLATION WHICH SEEKS TO RESTRICT CIVIL LIBERTIES

An expanded version of a recent post has been put up on 1001 Iraqi Thoughts.

“Iraqi activists are currently fighting against a draft law, the ‘Law of Freedom of Expression, Gathering, and Peaceful Protest’, which contains a number of amendments which seek to severely restrict basic civil liberties. Activists from across the civil trend spectrum, including Madaniyoun, Mustamerroun, journalists, and students have engaged in protests, including in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, which aim to derail the proposed legislation. While the protests have been small in scale, numbering only a few hundred participants, it seems that the linkages between activists and the Iraqi public sphere are proving effective in bringing pressure to bear on Iraq’s political establishment. Hussam al-Haj, a member of the secularist Madaniyoun activist group, has said that ‘I think that recently the general public interest in the legislative process indicates a growth in constitutional awareness and willingness to defend human rights… I sincerely believe that the protests have had an important effect in raising awareness amongst the people and motivating them to defend their rights.’”

Read more here: http://1001iraqithoughts.com/2016/08/04/iraqi-activists/

 

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