Continued concern over rights of women in new Iraqi constitution

Continued concern over rights of women in new Iraqi constitution

[JURIST] A draft chapter of the new Iraq constitution obtained by the Associated Press has raised concerns similar to those raised [JURIST report] last week after another leaked draft obtained by the New York Times story prompted questions about the future of women's rights in the country. Both drafts make gender equality subject to Islamic law and appear to limit women's rights in marriage, divorce, and inheritance. US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called provisions in the previous draft a "terrible mistake" [JURIST report]. The White House has not taken a position since none of the drafts have been confirmed as final. AP has more.