Article 19 refocuses the Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Constitution

  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 03/03/2006 00:00:00

London (KurdishMedia.com) 03 March 2006: As part of its focus on Freedom of Expression, Article 19 has published a document in which it provide recommendations for the revision of the Iraq Constitution.

The document states:

On 15 October 2005, the Iraqi people ratified the new Constitution of Iraq. Following the long period of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial rule, this Constitution established a new, democratic Iraq, spelling out the basic rights enjoyed by its entire people. While it does not solve the very immediate problems of violence and economic uncertainty, the new Constitution is a significant step on the road towards democracy in Iraq.

It is well-known that the text of the Constitution was hotly debated and that a final text was agreed upon only days before the referendum took place. In order to ‘fine-tune’ its provisions, Article 137 of the Constitution therefore provides for a four-month period following the election of the first Council of Representatives within which amendments may be made to the Constitution. The amendments will be drawn up by a parliamentary committee, be put to a vote in the Council of Representatives and, if agreed by an absolute majority of the Representatives, be put to the people in a final constitutional referendum.

ARTICLE 19 urges the parliamentary committee charged with the constitutional review to improve constitutional protection for human rights generally, and for freedom of expression and media freedom in particular. While we realise that the constitutional standards as drafted are already exemplary in the region, we are concerned that in various areas the constitutional guarantees still fall short of international human rights standards consented to by Iraq.

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  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 03/03/2006 00:00:00