IRAQ’s first-time member of the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Religions in Iraq…

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  • The Christians of Iraqare considered one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world.
  • A Yazidi boy kisses a figure of a black snake at the entrance of the Temple of Lalish, the most holy site of the Yazidi religion in Nineveh Province village of Lalish, Iraq.
  • A Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Iraq, circa 1963. The names of months in the Jewish calendar originate from the ancient Babylonian calendar; Jewish Iraqis have lived in the region for thousands of years, as early as the Sassanians of the Talmudic era.
  • Mosul has the highest proportion of Christians of all the Iraqi cities and contains several old churches, some of which originally date back to the founding centuries of Christianity.
  • Imam Kadhim shrine, the two golden domes shrine located in Baghdad’s neighborhood Kadhmiya, houses the tomb of Imam al-Kadhim (AD 745-799).
  • Sabean-Mandaean have traditionally settled themselves in lower Iraq, primarily located in the Marshes on the two rivers, at al-Amara, Qal’at-Salih, Nasiriya, Suq al-Shuyukh and Qurna.

IRAQ’s first-time candidature to the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL