KRG investigates alleged human rights violations

"To ensure that the protection of civilians and their properties are guaranteed in the newly liberated areas."

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region Presidency forms a committee to inspect all Peshmerga front lines to investigate alleged human rights violations.

Kurdistan Region President, Masoud Barzani, ordered the formation of a committee in coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to ensure civilians and their properties are protected in the newly liberated areas, regardless of their ethnicity.

The committee is not military and will closely visit and inspect all areas from Shingal to Khanaqin.

Recently, international organizations released reports about the human rights violations by the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces in the newly liberated areas, stating that there has been destruction in Sunni Arab villages. A claim that KRG casts doubt on but promises to follow up regardless.

Dindar Zebari, head of the KRG Committee for Monitoring International Reports and head of the new committee told Kurdistan24 on Tuesday that “the group will be responsible for investigating the international reports… we have the right to investigate the credibility of the report from our side.”

Zebari said that "The committee will begin its work on Wednesday in all front lines and especially the ones mentioned in the international reports, and we have the instructions and orders from President Barzani.”

According to Zebari, Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a report released on April 22, praised Barzani’s decisions to prevent human rights violations. “We are the first government in the region to be praised in such a way especially since we are in a very complicated war against Dae’sh,” he added.

HRW has clearly published Barzani’s instructions in its latest reports therefore, the international community should understand that there are organizations praising president’s initiatives to improve and protect human rights.

On March 17, Barzani asked that a committee should be formed to start investigating the alleged violence in the newly liberated areas.

The committee started the investigations today and will report the development on the situation.


Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Ava Homa