Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Iraqi Constitution

Since we are looking at some form of discussion on NZ's constitution then having a look at Iraq's new Bill of Rights might be a good place to get some ideas - Interim Iraqi Constitution's Bill of Rights (brought to you by evil neocons of course, so bring your garlic).

"All Iraqis are equal in their rights without regard to gender, sect, opinion, belief, nationality, religion, or origin, and they are equal before the law. Discrimination against an Iraqi citizen on the basis of his gender, nationality, religion, or origin is prohibited. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the security of his person. No one may be deprived of his life or liberty, except in accordance with legal procedures. All are equal before the courts." (Chap 2, Article 12)

Other aspects of what is being called "The Fundamental Principles of the Law" include:

"Arabic and Kurdish will be the official languages of Iraq."

"The system of government in Iraq will be republican, federal, democratic, and pluralistic. Federalism will be based on geography, history, and the separation of powers and not on ethnicity or sect."

and on the vexed issue of religion:

"Islam will be the official religion of the State and will be considered a source of legislation. The Law will respect the Islamic identity of the majority of the Iraqi people and guarantee the freedom of religious belief and practice."

Not bad progress in little under a year since the liberation.

Via OxBlog - a touch of humor: If Bush was girl what would he look like?

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