The current situation on the ground in Iraq is as follows:
- The indigenous regions of the minorities have fallen under IS control since June 2014.
- Most of the minorities members have left the country, and the rest are displaced across Iraq.
- The Iraqi government is unable to provide security and a decent life for these minorities.
The controversial article is not deemed a religious necessity, however, which means that its removal will not lead to the violation of Islamic teachings. Moreover, it is possible for the national identity card not to include a religion field, which is the most appropriate solution for the worsening sectarian situation in Iraq. There are also other legal options such as suspending the religion of children of mixed-religion families until they reach adulthood, when they can choose their religion.
The situation of minorities in Iraq has reached the most dangerous level in history, which is worsened by this law. One may say that minorities are taking their last breath in a country that does not provide them with any protection and fundamental rights and freedoms.
One may also wonder whether the Iraqi government, at all levels, is aware of the seriousness of the situation faced by these minorities, and of the dangerous social and humanitarian consequences of the demise of their physical and cultural presence in Iraq.
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