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Iraq minorities worried about lack of religious freedom as constitutional deadline looms

[JURIST] Spokesmen for several of Iraq's religious minorites, including Chaldo/Assyrian Catholics [Wikipedia backgrounder], Iraqi Turkmen Muslims [UNOP backgrounder], and Mandaeans [WIkipedia backgrounder] have expressed concern that new Iraqi constitution due out in a month may leave out any meaningful provisions guaranteeing religious freedom. Panel members at a National Press Club [press association website] discussion Thursday called on the United States to ensure that the constitution benefits and protects their interests as well as those of the larger Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurdish communities. Orhan Keten, US representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, said he and others expect the US to make good on its promise to "bring equality, justice, democracy and pluralism to Iraq." The Washington Times has more.

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