In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Gracious
The Iraqi National Charter
The noble people of Iraq, who have the right and own the land and live in the cradle of messages and civilizations, are an authentic people. They have contributed to the great history of their nation and to human societies.
Despite the fact that it has been subjected to unjust occupation, his living and authentic forces shall continue unabated to extract his rights and sovereignty, and to complete the stages of full and comprehensive liberation of the country till it returns – as it has historically been – a model of civilization, a source of good and tender, freedom and peace, Justice, equity and equality among all the citizens.
Based on this understanding and the spirit of resistance that the people are honored against the American occupation and Iranian hegemony, and the loyalty to the great goals and the supreme interests for which the citizens of Iraq have sacrificed; the national forces is presenting the basic document which defines the general features and the frameworks of the forces, parties, Iraq and its people and all the independent individuals who are working to save Iraq from the current unpleasant situation, by the name of (the Iraqi National Charter); to fulfill security, freedom, building, justice, sovereignty and independence.
In this document we emphasize the following:
We appreciate the previous efforts done by the national forces at different stages to formulate the features and frameworks to aggregate of the anti-occupation forces which have been considered in this document, in particular: (Memorandum of Understanding and National Action of the Iraqi National Constituent Conference held in 2004, the Iraqi consultative meeting in 2014, and the basic paper of the National Project prepared in 2015).
This effort of different national trends and personalities does not contradict the features of each.
This document is a part of other national efforts in the past and in the future.
First: State and Citizenship:
- The identity of Iraq
Iraq is a collective name for all its citizens regardless of their religions, sects and nationalities, and all of them are equal in citizenship: duties and rights. Iraq is a part of the Arab and Islamic nations.
- Unity of Iraq
To adhere to the unity of Iraqi land and Iraqi people, and reject any plan designed, in any way, to divide or fragment it, whatever the justifications and pretexts.
- Religion of the Country
Islam is the official religion of the country and the primary source of legislation, with full guarantee of the rights of all other religions and minorities.
4- The Kurdish issue
Solve the Kurdish issue and deal with it within the framework of Iraq’s unity and sovereignty through constructive dialogue with its citizens in a manner guarantees all nationalities rights for all.
5 – Iraq’s wealth
Water, oil, gas and other natural resources are a right of the Iraqi people and a public property for them. It is one of the necessities of national economy and security. The state is obliged to preserve and develop them and to find new alternative sources and use them in ways that serve the interests of individuals and groups and to secure a decent living for them and prevent poverty. Protecting the country from the external aggression and ensuring that the country keeps abreast of developments in various fields, achieve sustainable development and guarantee the rights of citizens in free health and education. On this basis, no action is allowed to waste such wealth, or to limit its benefits to provinces, regions, sects, races or persons, or to enable the foreigners to do so, whatever the reasons.
Second: Political System:
- The political process
The current political process, the yielded governments and policies and the resulting legislation, laws, agreements and others are part of the occupation project and are responsible just like the occupier of what has happened to Iraq of serious and shameful repercussions that have affected it in various aspects of life. It requires the establishment of a political system in all its institutions: legislative, executive and judicial, on the basis of the establishment of a national system that depends on political pluralism to build a state of institutions and to achieve Iraq’s international status, and ensure its independence and sovereignty.
The Iraqi people freely choose their government in the light of the diversity of intellectual, national and moral and pluralism. It adopts the principle of separation among legislative, executive and judicial powers, the peaceful transfer of power, the rejection of any form of political tyranny and intellectual, or Religious, ethnic or sectarian exclusion.
The current constitution does not represent the collective and unified social contract of Iraqis and lacks legitimacy, it has been to be a source of crises and disagreements in the country. Since the goal is to establish a sound national system, a constitution must be established to achieve this goal in a way that guarantees the rights of all Iraqis and ends the state of political, social and religious exclusion , sectarian and ethnic segregation.
- Armed forces
To rebuild the army and the security services in accordance with national and professional traditions to assume its responsibility with complete objectivity and professionalism in defending the sovereignty of the country and the unity of its land and preserving its resources. Its members are prohibited from engaging in party and political activity, and it prevents any armed activity outside its framework in order to achieve security and stability for the country.
- Women and children
Women are an active part of society and are influential in its general mobility. Accordingly, women are given a full opportunity to participate in public life and to enjoy their full rights.
Childhood: The rights of the child shall be safeguarded in a manner consistent with international conventions
- Human rights
Citizens enjoy the political, social and economic rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in accordance with international covenants that do not contradict the values and religious constants of society of which:
- Self-security, and disaster safety that the state has to reckon with.
- Equality of citizens regardless of sex, age, ethnic, religious or intellectual affiliation, the inhumane or arbitrary torture or detention of persons, and the recognition of freedom of expression, assembly and movement.
- Right of resistance
Resistance to occupation is a legitimate right, and it is necessary to recognize the efforts of the Iraqi resistance and its role in confronting the occupation project, and respect for the sacrifices that it has provided in its path.
Third: The Regional and International Framework:
1- Refusing terrorism and restoring civil peace
Any act of aggression that targets the lives and property of innocent individuals or groups, which creates terror and fear and degrades their status; constitutes terrorism and is condemned in all its forms and manifestations.
- Commitment to treaties and conventions guaranteeing the rights of the Iraqi people, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.
- To establish relations with the neighboring countries and promote them on the basis of the principles of good-neighborliness, mutual respect, common interests, non-interference in internal affairs, the strengthening of relations with various countries of the world and their cooperation in the service of international peace and security.
- Effects of occupation
To work to remove the effects of the occupation, and to claim internationally the rights of the Iraqi people, and compensation for the damage caused by the occupation, and not to neglect these rights.
- The Palestinian issue
To work to support all the issues of the Nation, especially the Palestinian issue, and to solve it in justice that guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
- Sheikh Dr. Abdul Malik Al Saadi.
- The Arab National Movement.
- The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq.
- The Iraqi Communist Party – People Union.
- The Council of the Iraqi Revolution Tribes.
- The Council of Iraqi Arab tribes in southern Iraq
- The International Relations Authority – UK
- The Institutions of civil society
- The Independent national competencies