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April 28, 2005

Women's Rights Activist and Iraqi Legislator Lamia Abed Khadouri Sakri Killed

According to Juan Cole, Lamia Abed Khadouri Sakri was a women's rights activist in addition to being a member of the Iraqi National Assembly. The Washington Post fails to mention the relevance of her gender in their coverage of her assassination. Instead, she's described as a political activist and member of a secular political bloc.

I don't have any more information on Ms. Sakri's political work, other than this graph from WaPo:

Sakri, the slain lawmaker, belonged to Saddam Hussein's ruling Baath Party before resigning in the mid-1970s and going into exile, colleagues said. After U.S. forces toppled Hussein in early 2003, she returned as part of Allawi's coterie.
I believe the fact that the first member of parliament to be killed was female is significant and look forward to reading about increased security measures for all members of the Iraqi government, not just those who can afford to personally pay for it.

Further reading:
"Iraqi Legislator Slain, Underscoring Danger," by Ellen Knickmeyer

Posted by cj at April 28, 2005 12:13 PM

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