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Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Unmagical Mountain   Maha Yahya – Carnegie Middle East Center On January 2, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shut down the offices of Yazda, a non-governmental organization in Dohuk that provides vital support to vulnerable Yezidis who fled Daesh in 2014. The closure of Yazda reignited concerns among the Yezidi community about their future under the...
IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

ACN Malta During Holy Week the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon  held a 140 kilometer Peace March  “open to Christians and Muslims”, to ask for the gift of peace and an end to all violence in the Middle East. The route started in Ankawa (suburb of Erbil) and ended in  Alqosh, a city abandoned by its...
Iraq's Muslims Celebrate Christmas in Solidarity with Christians

Iraq’s Muslims Celebrate Christmas in Solidarity with Christians

BAGHDAD — AlMonitor With every year, Christmas in Baghdad is marked with more festivities than the year before. Is this merely a celebration of joy or a deep expression of solidarity with the threatened Christian minority? Commercial streets such Karada, al-Mansour, Palestine and Zaytouna are adorned with Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Zawraa park in the...
Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis

Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis

Human Rights Watch – Belkis Wille Closure Comes as Humanitarian Needs in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan Soar Yesterday, a prominent nongovernmental organization supporting the Yezidi religious minority said it was shut down by security officers from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The organization, called Yazda, is located in the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of...
Do Minorities Have Role in Iraqi National Reconciliation?

Do Minorities Have Role in Iraqi National Reconciliation?

BAGHDAD — Al-Monitor By: Saad Salloum The national settlement document, which put forward a project for national reconciliation, is facing some difficulties that seriously threaten the possibility of establishing this project. The main issue is that this national settlement is limited to the large groups in Iraq — Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds — while it excludes civil...
Iraq: KRG Restrictions Harm Yezidi Recovery

Iraq: KRG Restrictions Harm Yezidi Recovery

Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has placed disproportionate restrictions on the movement of goods into and out of the district of Sinjar, the center for Iraq’s Yezidi religious minority. KRG officials say that the KRG is concerned about the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed...
Violence Against Minorities in Iraq, Report summary

Violence Against Minorities in Iraq, Report summary

The Iraqi organization “Masarat” and Sa’ad Salloum released a new report on minorities in Iraq. The report “Violence Against Minorities in Iraq” examines discrimination perpetrated against minorities in Iraq — including Yazidis, Mandaeans, Turkmen, Christians, Kaka’is, Baha’is, Faili Kurds, Shabak, Jews, and Iraqis of African descent. While it acknowledges the fact that minorities in Iraq have suffered...
"Forgotten Voices” A new Report about Minority Women in Iraq

“Forgotten Voices” A new Report about Minority Women in Iraq

Source: Masarat Iraq The new report of Masarat “Forgotten Voices : Minority Women in Iraq” focuas on the situation of minority women by exposing multifaceted discrimination practiced against them.  Through a multi-faceted analysis, the report has attempted to reflect the realities suffered by minority women, the provision of an information framework that could deepen debate...
Signs of Violence to Come: Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home to Face Cruel Economic Blockade

Signs of Violence to Come: Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home to Face Cruel Economic Blockade

Mosul – Niqash Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Daesh group have returned home – but now they are threatened by an economic siege caused by political infighting. It has been eight months since the extremist group known as the Daesh was pushed out of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The area had...
Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Ahmed Mohammad – Iraqi Media House An Iraqi Christian cleric declared that the Iraqi media focuses on minority issues mostly in the times of misfortunes and disasters in a very pathetic way as if they are not original Iraqis, while considered that; this drives them, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to leave the country, which constitutes...
No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

By UNPO, 4 July 2016. Minority communities in Iraq are now on the verge of disappearance, says a new report by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Institute for International Law and Human Rights and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ). Download the full report here. ‘Thirteen years of war...
The Suffering of the Iraqi Women under "Daash" and Restrictions on Displaced Women by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities

The Suffering of the Iraqi Women under “Daash” and Restrictions on Displaced Women by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities

Human Rights Watch For Sunnis, Lives Curtailed; for Yezidis, New Accounts of Brutal Rapes (Beirut) – The extremist armed group Daesh should urgently release Yezidi women and girls they abducted in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today, following new research with recent escapees who were raped and traded between members before they fled. Daesh also routinely imposes...