Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5: Charter of Rights and Freedoms

My novel, The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles by Hala Jaber, takes place in Iraq. I found that it does indeed have a section in their constitution for the rights of citizens. From scanning it I noticed that many of the rights were similar to ones in Canada such as in the new constitution under Article 20 is says, "Citizens, men and women, shall have the right to participate in public affairs and enjoy political rights including the right to vote, elect, and run for office." However in the old act there were a couple of points that were very different from Canada. Under Article 31 section A the act said, “The defence of homeland is a sacred duty and honor for citizens; conscription is compulsory and regulated by law.”  Throughout the novel there were several times when it was mentioned that citizens of Iraq were not allowed to leave the country during the war however under Article 24 in the old act it stated that, "It is inadmissible to prevent the citizen from departure from the country except in cases laid down by the law."

    A Fox News article said “The United States will help write an interim Iraqi constitution that embodies American values and will lead to the creation of a new government, America's chief postwar administrator in Iraq said Sunday.” (See link below). Above is a rather recent example of ethnocentrism but despite this Iraq has written a new constitution. In this most recent constitution some of the laws have changed such as the one about the military. In Article 9 it reads, “Military service shall be regulated by law,.” Not perfect but better than before. 
    Were Iraq to be under the same Charter of Rights and Freedoms as Canada many of their already existing laws would remain the same however there would be some, such as the military rule, that would become nonexistent and others elements of the Charter that would remain.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/2003/11/16/bremer-us-will-help-iraq-write-constitution/

9 comments:

  1. Jami, I think some of the connections you make to the Charter are very insightful and powerful. Based on the level of detail that is shown in the post, I think that you looked deeply into this subject. Furthermore, is Article 9 of the the Constitution of Iraq still in effect? That just goes to show how much fundamental freedom the people of Iraq are missing.

    Great Job!!

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  2. jhamaaaai... :) Iraq seems like a politically confusing and confused place. I wonder... is Iraq's constitution, both past and present, a legit reflection of the country's values? Or is it solely of the government's values? Or maybe more of the USA's values? Each could affect the effectiveness quite immensely, and quite differently. Looking at Iraq's political situation really makes me grateful for the organization and freedom we have here in Canada.

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  3. I think that you have made many strong connections in Canada's Charter and Iraq's Constitution, and you did a great job comparing the differences between the two. In your last paragraph, you talked about how many of the rights and freedoms are already listed in Iraq's Constitution, and you stated that some of the military rules would no longer exist. I think you could expand on that and talk about what rules would no longer exist, and explain what affect this would have. Do the rules create a large or minor affect? How so?

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  4. Great job Jami! I love how you consulted a recent news article and used it's specific details to dig deeper into your issue. Why do you think the USA may've stepped in to re-build a charter for Iraq with their own country's values? What kind of benefit would the USA get out of that? My other question is, you listed some differences in the Canadian charter vs. the Iraq constitution, however, how do you think your issue would change if it were put in place? If those rights you listed were given to them, what might be prevented and what might begin? Great post! (:

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  5. Your connections throughout all of your posts are very strong and clear. Well done! I also love that you alluded to an article and quoted the constitution itself for supporting evidence for all of your facts. I must admit that I was very intrigued after reading the article. By the United States saying that they will assist Iraq in writing a constitution that mirrors the values of America and also lead them towards the creation of a new government it seems to me that they are attempting to assimilate Iraq. Do you think that their present-day constitution is a clear representation of their values, and not the values of someone else? Do they feel that they have the right to sovereignty, which they do?

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  6. Hi Jami,
    I found your post very interesting and I was wondering what the differences between the old and new constitution were, and why some of the points were changed. I thought that the connections you made and the current event was very useful in understanding the comparison of Iraq and Canada. I was wondering how closely the Constitution was followed in Iraq and how the military law affects the lifestyle of the citizens.

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  7. Hi Jami, the ideas you brought up in your posts are clear and intriguing. After reading your posts, I feel like your novel is really interesting as it incorporates the changes in people's lives during Saddam Hussein rule and the war and after these events have taken place. The Fox news article was interesting and at the same time, it raised a few questions for me. Why did the US seize the opportunity to help Iraq write the constitution to make sure American values are dispersed within the constitution? It was unlikely because they wanted to lend a helping hand to Iraq. Secondly, I am sure that the Iraqi would have noticed that the Americans were using this opportunity to their own advantage, so why didn't they just right the constitution out themselves? I am, however, glad to see that Iraq has written its own constitution to replace the old one. Your posts are engaging and contain many connections between the novel and the presented issue. Keep up the awesome work!

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  8. Hey, great connections to the charter and your GINS book, these are some pretty interesting points you pointed out, especially comparing the two charters. The article really helps bring out the information. The novel sounds really interesting and your posts connect to your book very well. Great job. :)

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  9. Hey Jami, I think that you made some really interesting and deep connections to the Charter which was very good. In the very last paragraph you said that some elements would remain the same. I was wonder what these elements would be and how they would affect Iraq. I was also wondering how the change in military rule would affect the country? Really good job!

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