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Opposing groups of Iraqi women demand 'justice' in new constitution

[JURIST] In a clash of opposing viewpoints, a group of strongly conservative Iraqi women Tuesday confronted a sit-in by their liberal counterparts in Baghdad's Firdous Square as the August 15 deadline for the country's constitution nears. The liberal secularists were passing out leaflets and calling on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] and others to press for female political rights and representation in the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. They were met by the conservative group, who were waving banners and advocating a constitution that strictly adheres to Islamic law. Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafaari has promised to include the rights of women in new charter and US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] has warned Iraq against limiting women rights [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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