“RASHID International urges the Republic of Iraq to accede to the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (‘1999 Second Protocol’) at the earliest possible opportunity.
We commend the Republic of Iraq for having ratified the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (‘1954 Hague Convention’) and its First Protocol on 21st December 1967 and express our hope that the Council of Representatives, the Council of Ministers and the President of the Republic will take steps towards Iraq becoming a State Party to the 1999 Second Protocol in order to underline its commitment to protecting cultural heritage at home and abroad.”
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Out now: the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights published her new report on the impact of fundamentalism on women’s cultural rights (with input from RASHID International). The report will be presented to the UN General Assembly in the coming weeks.
RASHID International, led by Dr. Rozhen Mohammed-Amin, contributed information and research on several issues that are detrimental to the full enjoyment of cultural rights by women in Iraq, such as cultural infraction-based violence, self-immolation, female genital mutilation (FGM) and attempts to curtail freedom of movement and dress. In spite of these challenges, there have been a number of positive developments we were glad to highlight, such as civil society rising up to challenge fundamentalism and a number of legislative steps that were taken. Valuable contributions were received from Shokhan Hama Rashid Ahmed, Dr. Simone Mühl, Seán Fobbe, Professor Roger Matthews and Dr. Kozad M. Ahmed.
Read the UN Special Rapporteur’s report
Watch the UN Special Rapporteur present the report to the General Assembly
Read RASHID International’s submission