Open Letter on Women’s Rights in Iraq

23 October 2014

In September 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council held a special session on the human rights situation in Iraq and adopted a resolution to dispatch a mission to Iraq to investigate human rights violations committed by Islamic extremists.

MADRE, together with the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and The Sorensen Center at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, published an open letter calling on the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to advise the investigative team to raise critical issues in its dialogue with the Government of Iraq, including impunity concerns for honor killings, and legally allowing local women’s organizations to provide shelter for displaced families.

Please take a moment to read and sign on to this open letter.

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