Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Monday urged Iraq to review its proposals for the minimum age of marriage in the country.
In a joint statement, the Special Representatives of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, called on the Iraqi government to reconsider the legal provisions governing marriage.
In November, the Parliament of Iraq in Baghdad in principle approved a draft bill which allows girls as young as 9-years-old to be married off.
“The boys and girls of Iraq, already victims of grave violations resulting from years of conflict, are now at risk of being deprived of their childhood,” Gamba stated.
“The government of Iraq must take all necessary actions to protect every child by preventing the adoption of policies that can harm children already exposed to armed conflict,” the Children and Armed Conflict representative added.
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