Kurdish Authorities “Banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk”

Kurdish authorities bulldoze homes and banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk

Kurdish authorities have carried out a wave of attacks, demolishing the homes and driving out hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk, as apparent revenge for an attack carried out by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) on 21 October, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

The briefing, ‘Where are we supposed to go?’: Destruction and forced displacement in Kirkuk, highlights how hundreds of Sunni Arab residents, including many who fled fighting and insecurity in nearby governorates, have been expelled from Kirkuk. Many have been ordered to return to their places of origin or have been confined to camps after being suspected of assisting IS to co-ordinate the attack.

“The authorities in Kirkuk are undeniably facing a serious security threat, but that cannot justify bulldozing people’s homes and forcibly displacing hundreds of Arab residents. Many of those affected are people who have already been forced to leave their homes because of the violence engulfing the country. Now they are being forcibly displaced or made homeless yet again,” said Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office.

In the aftermath of the surprise IS attack on eight different locations across Kirkuk on 21 October, many said they were ordered to leave the area and had their identity cards confiscated. Among those affected are an estimated 250 families who had previously been displaced from other governorates of Iraq and had sought safety and shelter in Kirkuk.

At least 190 families were also forcibly displaced by Kurdish Peshmerga and Asayish forces from the Qotan and Qoshkaya villages in the Dibis district of Kirkuk governorate. Most were moved to camps for internally displaced people or sought shelter with relatives in nearby villages. IS forces had attacked a power station in Dibis on 21 October killing 12 guards and employees.

“Forcibly evicting and displacing Sunni Arab residents of Kirkuk is unlawful and cruel. Kurdish authorities must immediately put an end to unlawful destruction of civilian property and forced displacement,” said Lynn Maalouf.

One Response to Kurdish Authorities “Banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk”

  1. Ibn Al IRaq November 8, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Dear Sir,

    its very sad to see the Kurdish Authorities continuing their nasty agendas to fully control Kirkuk!! Their behaviour is unhuman and barbaric to say the least.

    Barazani and his tribe will never be content of what they have and gained from Iraq in the last 26 years in comparison with the kurds’ rights in Iran, Turkey and Syria. Barazani and some of his people continue crying for more and more – we know this game

    We also balme our central government in Baghdad for being weak and complacent !

    Why not even one Iraqi person has an official position in the Northen region of Iraq while in Baghdad the president is Kurdish, four or five kurdish ministers, deputy ministers in most ministries etc what did they do for Iraq ?

    lastly, we genuinely invite the kurdish people to opt for independence instead of repeated and boaring threats to break out from Iraq. Pls go ahead and do so in order that we Iraqies can live in peace and save big junck of iraqi resources and income.

    Thank you

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