Iraq (CESCR 27-10-2015)
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the fourth periodic report of Iraq on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/IRQ/4) at its 62nd and 63rd meetings (see E/C.12/2015/SR.62 and 63), held on 29 and 30 September 2015, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 78th meeting, held on 9 October 2015.
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
- The Committee, while taking note of the fact that the State party’s Constitution prohibits discrimination on certain grounds, expresses its concern about the absence in the State party’s legal order of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in accordance with article 2 of the Covenant. The Committee is further concerned that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are particularly affected by discriminatory practices (art. 2).
- The Committee recommends that the State party consider adopting a comprehensive anti- discrimination law that fully complies with article 2 of the Covenant and that covers not only direct but also indirect discrimination. The Committee also recommends that the State party take all measures necessary to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons fully enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights without discrimination. The Committee draws the attention of the State party to its general comment No. 20 (2009) on non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights, including sexual orientation and gender identity.