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March 20, 2017

Iraq Should Strengthen Domestic Violence Bill: HRW

Domestic Violence

In a letter and memorandum to the speaker of parliament, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the Iraqi parliament should set penalties for the crime of domestic violence, remove provisions that prioritize reconciliation over justice, and improve victim protections in a domestic violence bill.

Parliament is completing its review of the draft Anti-Domestic Violence Law, which was introduced in 2015. Parliament should make key amendments and then urgently approve the bill.

HRW provided detailed amendments to the bill, ranging from changing the definition of domestic abuse, the rights of victims after abuse, giving government authorities a wider range of tools to help the victims and establishing shelters for victims.

HRW also alleged, that Iraq would be violating its obligations under international human rights law, if the bill is not changed to live up to international standards for protection of victims of domestic abuse. The 2006-07 year’s survey suggests that one in five Iraqi women are subject to physical domestic violence.

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