Chaldean Pa­tri­arch Calls for Pro­tec­tion of Chris­tian Rights

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The Chaldean Pa­tri­arch, Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, has sent a let­ter to the Iraqi Par­lia­ment ask­ing for an amend­ment to the law un­der which a child is reg­is­tered as a Mus­lim if one of the par­ents has con­verted to Is­lam.

The Chaldean Pa­tri­arch says the norm is con­trary to Ar­ti­cle 37-2 of the (con­tro­ver­sial) Con­sti­tu­tion which states that "the State shall guar­an­tee the pro­tec­tion of the in­di­vid­ual from all forms of in­tel­lec­tual, po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious co­er­cion."

"The law is un­just and dis­crim­i­na­tory against Chris­tians, as well as a clear form of per­se­cu­tion." He calls for the amend­ment of the law so that the mi­nor is al­lowed to keep the re­li­gion he/she be­longs to un­til they are of age (18 years). At this point, it is up to the young per­son to choose what re­li­gion to pro­fess, in a con­scious and free man­ner.

In his let­ter, Mar Sako states that this is not true free­dom and is ask­ing the gover­nors and states­men to be care­ful, oth­er­wise the coun­try risks so­cial col­lapse."

A Pa­tri­arch re­minds the Iraqi Par­lia­ment for the amend­ment of

a con­tro­ver­sial law lim­it­ing the rights of Chris­tians

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