Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.

Campaign to reject the sectarian Jaafari law of personal status in Iraq!

I am with civil state
I am with civil human
I am with civil marriage

Date: 02/03/2014

Since more than ten years, the sectarianism Islamic political parties in Iraq are seeking to impose their control and authority and laws on Iraqis, they practiced their corruption in every field of people’s life. Since the first day of their arrival to the chairs of power with the support of the U.S. occupation forces, they worked to marginalize women and impose a retreat on the movement of civil and liberal in Iraq and distort its objectives and defames its symbols, as they did not stop for one moment thinking about the application of the provisions of Islamic law.

Their thinking did not come out of the ideas and beliefs and practices of centuries of backwardness and ignorance. Thus they want to stop the wheel of development and to return the society to the past, they want our life to be a copy version of the past forgetting that we live in today’s world, the world of technology and communications revolution and scientific progress and cultural openness and social media, and that everything happens in this world can be publicly known once it happens. They want to get us out of the civilization of the modern world with all its broad prospects for progress and improvement of rights and freedoms.

In 2004, Abdulaziz Al-Hakim and his party worked to pass decision 137 issued by the Interim Governing Council , aiming at the abolition of the Personal Status Law No. 188 of 1959 and the imposition of a new law devotes Sharia law according to Al-Jaafari in matters of marriage , divorce and inheritance … etc. , but the campaign that has been organized by liberal forces and women’s organizations and civil society forces were able to impose to retreat the Governing Council and led him to cancel the infamous resolution 137.

Today, we follow with great concern and serious fear how the ruling sectarian forces try to reproduce their retroactive projects that divide people along religious with the a sectarian and political content that conflict with the aspirations of the community and hopes to live in a civil and democratic state governed by a civil Constitution and laws, and not to be divided as followers to this or that doctrine. And to live freely like the rest of their peers in the civilized countries of the world. Jaafari Personal Status Law divides the society in sectarian manner, and give legal basis for social sectarianism. Those projects do not reflect only the desire of the political Islam sectarian parties in achieving their project to establish an Islamic state governed by Islamic Sharia, and the political men are of vaunted of religion and opportunists and references lurking in the caves and their willingness to devote the rule of sect and the same despite all the problems, hatred and sectarian conflicts that can be raised.

We, the undersigned call on the forces of civil society and women’s organizations and media , cultural and independent institutions,  trade and professional unions , and political parties that adopt democracy to work in order to thwart these projects because they pose risks of political and social challenges. and work to devote the Personal Status Law so that it could switch to a civil law that protects the rights of women and do not allow to convert women into a commodity to be bought and sold according to religions and sects .


Civilized Dialogue Foundation 

Center for Women’s Equality 


For the text of the draft law please click on the link below

Text of Jaafari Personal Status law and Jaafari legitimate eliminate