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Posted: 31 December 2012 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Dears,

I am an International Lawyer working for a renowned company within Iraq, and my question is; How does one becomes a freemason, if ones lives in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan)?

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Posted: 31 December 2012 08:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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As with most countries in the Middle East, Freemasonry is illegal in Iraq. You cannot become a Freemason there.

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Posted: 31 December 2012 09:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thank you for the information J.R.

What does one like myself need to do to over come this obstacle?

I live in the KRG region (Kurdish Regional Government) and this region is separate from the rest of Iraq. Therefore it would be great to introduce the idea within this region!

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Posted: 31 December 2012 09:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Really there is nothing you can do.  The government in that area needs to lift the ban on the Fraternity.  You are stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

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Posted: 31 December 2012 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Kay1472 - 31 December 2012 07:37 AM

Dears,

And I could be wrong, but you’re opener might suggest you are a woman, in which case it matters not where you are geographically, women cannot join the fraternity.
If I’ve misconstrued your gender, I apologize.

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Posted: 31 December 2012 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Greetings to all from Jordan and happy new year guys.

I’m aware (very sure) about a masonic activities in Kurdistan but don’t have the details about the lodge, in light of your situation , I think that you may have a chance by connecting the Turkish grand lodge . they has a will known web site.
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Posted: 31 December 2012 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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There were some operating lodges on the US military bases, during the war. The Grand Lodge of New York chartered a lodge, and it operated at Forward Operating Base Speicher in 2005 (Email me, and I can send you the link). Some PH-affiliated lodges operated on various bases, there was even a PH-affiliated Eastern Star chapter at Camp Victory. Of course, all of these lodges operated on US bases, the Iraqi government had no control.

I heard about a group of Iraqi men, who were attempting to establish a lodge in Baghdad, with a charter from the United Grand Lodge of England, but I never got any confirmation.

There are some informal Masonic organizations and clubs operating in Iraq. There was a “cigar club”, at the US embassy compound, where the Mason would meet informally. I started a “Square and compasses” club at Al Asad.

There were lodges operated by the British military lodge system, back in the 1950’s when the British had a presence there.

I am uncertain if there is a specific law on the books, currrently in force in Iraq, specifically prohibiting Masonry in the Republic of Iraq. I urge anyone to act as if there is a prohibition, unless you are 100% certain that Masonry is legal. This is a good policy to have, in any country in this part of the world.

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Posted: 31 December 2012 03:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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In 1958 revolution, the Iraqi Military Intelligence suggested to form a legal committee to give a legal opinion about freemasonry & to issue a new law with sanctions against freemasonry, but that was not made, and panning freemasonry started to be (like this??), and (Abdel Karim Kassem) re assure the closure of the lodges with out any actions against freemasons, The second military coup in 1968 by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr and Saddam Hussein started a Penal Code, replaced the Article no 201 to became: punishable by death sanction all recruited or promoted Zionist principles including Freemasonry, or belonged to any of the institutions or helped it financially or morally or in any manner …, the Iraqi National Council voted In 1975 on a law considering freemasonry a crime. 
The Article no 201 is still active until now in the Iraqi law, I just read it now unfortunately.
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Posted: 01 January 2013 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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LoJ, That is a very helpful and importantly authorative answer for Iraq which is most helpful when enquiries are recieved from interested parties in the Middle East.

Are you able to produce a list of the other countries that have a similar statute so that a generally informative list could be produced to help those who are making enquiries from that part of the world?

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Posted: 01 January 2013 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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Thank you very much for all your help guys, and Happy New Year to you all…

If you guys stumbled upon any further information to help me further, please do contact me.

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Posted: 01 January 2013 08:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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Gents,
I am currently on holiday in Sweden for the next couple of days, if there is anything I can do over here that will get me one step closer of joining before my departure back to middle-east?

Thanks,

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Posted: 01 January 2013 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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Mike Martin - 01 January 2013 08:37 AM

LoJ, That is a very helpful and importantly authorative answer for Iraq which is most helpful when enquiries are recieved from interested parties in the Middle East.

Are you able to produce a list of the other countries that have a similar statute so that a generally informative list could be produced to help those who are making enquiries from that part of the world?

ya sure , give me some time.
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lion of jordan - 31 December 2012 03:44 PM

In 1958 revolution, the Iraqi Military Intelligence suggested to form a legal committee to give a legal opinion about freemasonry & to issue a new law with sanctions against freemasonry, but that was not made, and panning freemasonry started to be (like this??), and (Abdel Karim Kassem) re assure the closure of the lodges with out any actions against freemasons, The second military coup in 1968 by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr and Saddam Hussein started a Penal Code, replaced the Article no 201 to became: punishable by death sanction all recruited or promoted Zionist principles including Freemasonry, or belonged to any of the institutions or helped it financially or morally or in any manner …, the Iraqi National Council voted In 1975 on a law considering freemasonry a crime. 
The Article no 201 is still active until now in the Iraqi law, I just read it now unfortunately.
LOJ

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