By John Lee.
The head of the KRG Committee to Respond to International Reports, Dindar Zebari (pictured), has said that the KRG rejects all accusations made about Peshmerga forces by Amnesty International.
He told K24:
“The Peshmerga have liberated large swaths of territory from Daesh [IS] and have helped civilians regardless of their ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“Many of the displaced peoples have not returned to their homes due to a lack of infrastructure, basic services, and damage caused to their homes in fighting against IS.
“Even Kurds have been prevented from returning to recently liberated areas … Sinjar was liberated two months ago, yet most of the civilian Yezidi population have not been able to return to their homes because there are no basic services available yet. Most of Sinjar was destroyed.
“If KRG commits such crimes against civilians, we wouldn’t have let all the refugees and IDPs move to the Kurdistan Region from the very beginning.”
He added that the damage reported by Amnesty International was a result of clashes between Peshmerga forces and IS militants, as well as coalition airstrikes and booby-traps planted by the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) in residential areas.
The Region is home to nearly two million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and it is estimated that refugees and IDPs make up between 20 and 30 percent of the total population.