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Religious, ethnic components oppose to Article 3 of draft federal court law

  2021-03-15  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Head of the Independent Human Rights Commission in the Kurdistan Region Zia Pitros speaks at a news conference in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, March 15,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network/Screegrab
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Head of Kurdistan Region Religious and Ethnic Components Network Abbas Saadi on Monday (March 15) expressed his opposition to Article three of the draft Federal Supreme Court law as having “religious insistence” and described it as “dangerous”.

Saadi’s speech came during a news conference after submitting a protest note to the head of the Independent Human Rights Commission in the Kurdistan Region Zia Pitros so as to be referred to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and from there to the federal authority.

Pitros threw his support behind the components' protest and said that draft law "is against Article 92 of the Iraqi constitution."

The Iraqi parliament held a session on Monday to vote on the three remaining article within the disputed bill including Article 3, but the floor debate was postponed to the evening. 

The Federal Supreme Court has not been able to meet due to quorum for months following the death and retirement of two members of the nine-member court. 

According to the bill, the number of the committee will be increased to 15 members with addition of four Shia and Sunni jurists and two legal experts along with five Shia members, two Kurds and two Sunnis. 

Several lawmakers, especially from the minorities, activists and politician, have expressed opposition to the law, saying it breaches the constitution and may spur religious extremism.

According to the contested law, no laws can be passed from the three Iraqi presidencies without two-thirds approval from the committee.

“We have some requests including; the amendment of the Federal Supreme Court should be worked on in a calm atmosphere away from political factors and should not be linked with other projects,” Saadi demanded. 

“The law should be away from national, sectarian, religious conflicts and disruption to co-existence among the components.”

Earlier on Monday,  Iraqi Council of Representatives’ Speaker Muhammad al-Halbusi on Monday (March 15) met with the political blocs to reach an agreement about the controversial draft Federal Court Law.

Halbusi’s media office said in a statement that the meeting is for a final agreement about the articles in the bill.

(Zhyan English)