Everybody’s talking about democracy on Iraq’s university campuses. But democracy can mean the right to retake a failed exam or the right to ban women wearing pants.
Nadhum al Abadi is an engineering professor at al Mustansiriya and the general secretary of the Green Crescent association on the Baghdad University campus. That group advocates human rights and peaceful dialogue between students and professors.
“When the change happened, Iraq was like a big prison cell that suddenly opened, and people were finally free and able to express themselves,” al Abadi said.
“It was like a pressure pot that exploded,” he said. “With time, it will calm down.”
Let’s hope they learn something about respecting minority rights.