Kurdish Authorities “Banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk”

He was forced to go back to Diyala together with his relatives despite the well-documented pattern of unlawful killings and abductions of Sunni Arabs at the hands of militias there.

Publicly, the Governor of Kirkuk has committed not to return internally displaced people to areas still under IS control or where clashes are ongoing such as Mosul and the surrounding areas. International law and standards dictate that the return of displaced people to their homes must be voluntary.

Amnesty International has documented the repeated forced displacement and destruction of Arab homes and villages by Peshmerga forces, which continue to prevent residents of Arab villages and Arab residents of mixed Arab and Kurdish towns from returning to their homes.

“Instead of flouting international law by arbitrarily uprooting civilians from their homes, the Kurdish and Iraqi authorities should be offering protection to those who have already been displaced or are seeking shelter from the fighting. And they should facilitate the voluntary and safe return of those who wish to return to their homes,” said Lynn Maalouf.

Background

Kirkuk has been under the de facto control of the Kurdistan Regional Government since Iraqi government forces retreated from northern Iraq in June 2014 when IS captured large swathes of the country.

Attempts to forcibly return Sunni Arab internally displaced people and residents pre-date the IS attack on 21 October but have intensified since then.

(Source: Amnesty International)

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

  1. Ibn Al IRaq 8th November 2016 at 07:48 #

    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