Iraqi ambassador criticises country’s conversion law

By World Watch Monitor

A “detrimental” law passed in the Iraqi parliament that forces children of parents who convert to Islam to automatically become Muslim will probably not be implemented, an Iraqi ambassador says.

Lukman Faily, who served as the Iraqi ambassador in Washington between 2013 and 2016, told an audience at the London School of Economics on Wednesday evening (30 Nov.) that the legislation had been introduced “without due consideration” for its impact on Iraq’s beleaguered minorities and to “score political points, trying to be more royal than the king”.

Christians, Yazidis, Mandeans, Kakai and Bahai MPs walked out of the Iraqi Parliament session in protest when the law was passed on 27 October 2015. The marginalisation of non-Muslims has continued as power transferred from Sunni to Shia hands after the 2003 US-led invasion, and those who have not emigrated have been subjected to attacks and intimidation by jihadist groups such as Islamic State.