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Par'l to discuss cyber-crime law amid human rights concerns

The Iraqi Parliament is preparing to discuss the "Information Technology Crimes Law", otherwise known as the cybercrime law amid fears raised by human rights organizations that deemed the law as a restriction of personal freedom.

The Parliament announced on Jan. 12 that it had completed its first reading of a draft cybercrimes bill.

Under the bill, the violation of any "religious, moral, family or social principles or values" would be punishable by at least one year in prison, while "harming the reputation of the country" online could carry a life sentence.

A draft law with similar provisions was first discussed in parliament 2011, but had to be tabled in 2013 following a campaign by international and local NGOs, which said it would severely threaten freedom of expression in the country.
Last Modified: Sunday، 10 March 2019 01:23 PM