Iraq

A new wave of violence targeting Iraq's Christian community has raised questions about the safety of religious minorities amid concerns about Iraqi forces' ability to maintain security after the 30 June withdrawal of US combat forces.
A hotly debated draft law to regulate the work of NGOs in Iraq will be discussed in parliament this month although its approval is not expected soon, a lawmaker told IRIN.
As organized killings of Iraqi gays have escalated in recent months amid a homophobic campaign in that nation's media, openly gay Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado has asked the US State Department to investigate.
Nawal al-Samarraie resigned last month to protest the lack of resources for women, accusing the government of not making women's needs a priority.
Selon une nouvelle enquête, publiée à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, elles endurent l’insécurité, la pauvreté et le manque de services de base.
Confrontés à des menaces de mort et à des enlèvements, soixante-dix pour cent des médecins irakiens auraient fui le pays déchiré par la guerre. Ceux qui restent vivent dans la peur, souvent dans des conditions proches de l’incarcération.
Some widows have been coerced into “temporary marriages”, others have become prostitutes, and some have joined the insurgency in exchange for steady pay.
Nawal al-Samaraie a présenté sa démission le 3 février, invoquant un manque de ressources l’empêchant de mettre en œuvre ses projets destinés à améliorer la condition des femmes.
Nawal al-Samaraie, minister for women’s affairs, says she lacked the resources to implement her plans to help improve women’s lives.
In Basra in 2008 a reported 133 women were killed for not 'being Islamic' enough.
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