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PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO IRAQ'S PERSONAL STATUS LAW

EDM (Early Day Motion) 555: tabled on 16 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with deep concern the proposed amendment to the Personal Status Law currently being debated in the Iraqi Parliament that could lower the legal marriage age to nine; believes that passage of this amendment would be a backwards step for Iraqi women and girls; is alarmed at the speed of proceedings despite significant opposition; further notes that this amendment would violate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iraq ratified in 1994; and urges the Government to make strong representations to its Iraqi counterparts against any legislative proposals that would weaken the rights of children and women in Iraq.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Livingston
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2017
Harrow East
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 November 2017
Worthing West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 November 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2017
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
North East Fife
Gill, Preet Kaur
Labour
Signed on 6 December 2017
Birmingham, Edgbaston
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2017
North Tyneside
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2018
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 20 November 2017
North Down
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2017
Knowsley
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 November 2017
Glasgow East
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 November 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 December 2017
Oxford West and Abingdon
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2017
St Helens South and Whiston
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 November 2017
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Strangford
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Glasgow Central
Walker, Thelma
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2017
Colne Valley

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.