Iraqi Par­lia­ment votes on the of­fi­cial lan­guages law

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Iraqi par­lia­ment ap­proved the of­fi­cial lan­guage law in Iraq on Jan­uary 8. This leg­is­la­tion in­cludes the Kur­dish lan­guage as an of­fi­cial lan­guage in all prov­inces.

"We and our col­leagues in the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees today ap­proved the of­fi­cial lan­guage law in Iraq," said the Chair­man of the par­lia­men­tary Cul­ture and Me­dia Com­mit­tee, Ali Sha­lah.

"As you know, Iraq is a civ­i­lized coun­try and we be­lieve that this law is a pow­er­ful re­minder of the rich­ness of our hu­man civ­i­liza­tion,” he added.

"The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law will con­firm Iraq's democ­racy and re­spect for its dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties," he said.

The Iraqi per­ma­nent con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates that the Ara­bic and Kur­dish lan­guage are the of­fi­cial state lan­guages, while en­sur­ing the right of Iraqis who are nei­ther Kurds nor Arabs-- Turk­men, Syr­i­acs and Ar­me­ni­ans, for in­stance--to ed­u­cate their chil­dren in their own lan­guages in state ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

The leg­is­la­tion also iden­ti­fied five main ar­eas for the use of the of­fi­cial lan­guages of Ara­bic and Kur­dish, in­clud­ing of­fi­cial news­pa­pers, of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence, of­fi­cial doc­u­ments, schools, and any other fields that re­quire the prin­ci­ple of equal­ity such as bank notes, pass­ports and stamps.

The Con­sti­tu­tion rec­og­nizes the Turk­men and Syr­iac lan­guages as of­fi­cial lan­guages in the ad­min­is­tra­tive units where they are present. It also al­lows each re­gion or prov­ince to take a lo­cal lan­guage as an ad­di­tional of­fi­cial lan­guage if the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion ap­prove the de­ci­sion in a gen­eral ref­er­en­dum.

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