Single title - Syria/Iraq Office
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The overall goal of the project is to submit to and eventually pass a bill in the Iraqi national parliament to prohibit all forms of religious or ideological discrimination. The first phase of the project consisted of three workshops that brought relevant stakeholders together in order to discuss the situation of Iraqi minorities, the international and national frameworks of freedom of religion or belief, challenges to these freedoms in Iraq as well as means to face and overcome them. Participants included members of the parliament, lawyers and judges, Islamic clerics, minority leaders, including from the smaller Iraqi communities, and civil society activists. In working groups, the participants were given the opportunity to suggest ideas and provide their input for a draft declaration of principles on freedom of religion or belief in Iraq.