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Submission by Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Iraq

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Post by GirlBye on Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:55 pm

This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch’s main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in Iraq, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Iraq in October-November 2020. We hope it will inform the Human Rights Committee’s preparation for its upcoming review of the Iraqi government’s compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”).


For additional information, please see Human Rights Watch’s country page on Iraq: https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/n-africa/iraq
Domestic Violence (arts. 2, 3, 6, 7, 26)


Domestic violence remains a serious problem in Iraq. The Iraq Family Health Survey (IFHS) of 2006/7 found that one in five Iraqi women are subject to physical domestic violence.[1] A 2012 Planning Ministry study found that at least 36 percent of married women reported experiencing some form of psychological abuse from their husbands, 23 percent verbal abuse, 6 percent physical violence, and nine percent sexual violence.[2]

While the Iraqi constitution expressly prohibits “all forms of violence and abuse in the family,” only the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has a law on domestic violence. Iraq’s penal code, applicable in both Baghdad-controlled territory and the KRI, criminalizes physical assault but lacks explicit mention of domestic violence.[3] Instead, article 41(1) gives a husband a legal right to “punish” his wife, and parents to discipline their children “within limits prescribed by law or custom.” The Penal Code provides for mitigated sentences for violent acts, including murder, for “honorable motives” or for catching one’s wife or female relative in the act of adultery or sex outside of marriage.


https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/08/07/submission-human-rights-watch-un-human-rights-committee-advance-its-review-iraq
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