Sarah Idan, the Iraqi supermodel who won the title of Miss Universe Iraq in 2017 and represented the country at the Miss Universe beauty pageant that year, has stepped forward to declare that she may end up losing her citizenship due to the efforts of Iraqi lawmakers.
According to The Washington Times, during her 26 June speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Idan mentioned "the 6 million Iraqis displaced since 2014, the killing of protesters and poor living conditions", allegedly attracting the ire of "Iraqi conservatives" with these remarks and prompting the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee to call for a revocation of her Iraqi citizenship.
2 weeks ago Iraq denied my statements at the UN that I don’t have freedom to speak about Israel now they’re taking my citizenship. This is inhumane. I’m speechless... https://t.co/dzAQGQdPmq— Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq (@RealSarahIdan) 9 июля 2019 г.
"2 weeks ago Iraq denied my statements at the UN that I don’t have freedom to speak about Israel now they’re taking my citizenship”, Idan tweeted, describing this initiative as "inhumane".
Her plea had apparently struck a chord with many social media users, including Yair Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
We love you in Israel! you have a lot of fans in Israel, America and around the world!— Yair Netanyahu 🇮🇱 (@YairNetanyahu) 10 июля 2019 г.
We deeply admire, value and support you for your courage and integrity. Stay strong. You are loved.— Jeffrey Zimmerman (@Zimmlaw175) 10 июля 2019 г.
So much hate in the heart of people, don’t let it get to you, you’re an incredible person!— 🇮🇱Michal Mizrachi🇧🇷🇺🇸 (@MforMICHAL) 10 июля 2019 г.
You are loved by all decent people.— I’m Right, You’re a Disappointment (@ImRightYoureaD1) 9 июля 2019 г.
A Geneva-based NGO called UN Watch also took note of this development, with its executive director Hillel Neuer urging UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to address the issue.
.@AntonioGuterres: I hereby report Iraqi MP Ali al-Ghanmi for threatening to remove Sarah Idan's citizenship in retaliation for her UNHRC testimony. This amounts to an illegal reprisal for cooperating with the UN, in breach of UNGA Res. 72/247 & UNHRC Res. 36/21.— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) 9 июля 2019 г.
cc: @GilmourUN https://t.co/GK0750ntqd