Sunday, October 30, 2005

A new liberal lobby emerges in Baghdad...

"Today, Mohammed and I had the privilege to be invited to attend a conference organized by a group of civil society organizations to announce the launch of a new community under the name “Ahd Al-Iraq” or (the oath of Iraq).

The basic theme of the community is to take a promise from politicians, civil society activists and MPs (current or running for office) to preserve and protect the rights and freedoms every Iraqi citizen is supposed to enjoy under the new constitution and under the internationally recognized conventions and laws and to work to introduce amendments in the constitution whenever believed necessary for the protection of these rights and freedoms.
The founders of the community named five main points in the constitution that require urgent reconsideration:"
Leave it to the Iraqis to accept a constitution that now has to be amended. They seem to be on the right track, but now, after ratification, they are on a up hill battle with the religious authority and the US administration, that will not back your amendments. Good luck and all that, but your best chance to get a good constitution was last constitutional referendum. I hate to tell you this, but your up the creek without your prayer rug. Then again maybe the struggle will strengthen the movement in the future, you know 25-50 years down the road.


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