dimanche 30 décembre 2012

The reports on Iraq submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by the BRussells Tribunal

I am re-posting the reports submitted by The BRussells Tribunal at the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2012, as I believe these reports are of utmost importance to the Iraqi people.

19th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The BRussells Tribunal in Geneva - The reports on Iraq
    [Submitted reports] - [PDF] - English - Arabic - Spanish
    [Oral Statements by Haifa Zangana and Bie Kentane] - [Video]

NGO Reports on Iraq submitted to the Human Rights Council


Arabic Translation: Lubna Al Rudaini - Spanish translation by CEOSI / Paloma Valverde, published on the occasion of the 21st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read online here: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/sdpage_e.aspx?b=10&se=133&t=7

(UNGA: United Nations General Assembly - OHCHR: Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Haifa Zangana, General High Level Segment, 19th Session Human Rights Council

01 March 2012
Ms. Haifa Zangana, General Segment HLS, 12th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights Council.
Running time: 00:03:35
Human Rights Council
Nineteenth session
27 February-23 March 2011


The outlook for Iraq in 2013 - a discussion with Iraq expert Joel Wing

Robert Tollast talks with Iraq expert Joel Wing about the outlook for the country in 2013.
The picture that emerges is a Nouri al-Maliki who seems increasingly secure to do what he wants given the US desire to put the Iraq experience behind it.

Iraq in 2013: A Discussion With Joel Wingglobal-politics.co.uk

   Iraq in 2013: A Discussion With Joel Wing

From Global Politics

This time last year, I interviewed Iraq writer Joel Wing whose work has been cited in reports by leading think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, and countless specialist journals and blogs. His own blog, Musings on Iraq, is an exhaustive resource for anyone interested in modern Iraq, and his reporting over the years has made him one of the foremost chroniclers of the Iraq conflict and its aftermath. It was therefore a great pleasure to have the chance to conduct another interview looking at the outlook for Iraq in 2013.

Nouri al-Maliki: A dictator who takes “unprecedented measures”?

RT: This time last year we saw the arrest of Maliki rival and Iraqiya politician, Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Now there has been a raid against the security guards of Finance Minister al-Issawi. Some initial reports suggested over 150 may have been arrested. Again, the timing is very suspect. With Hashemi, Maliki had a long time to arrest him but waited until the US had departed to order the raid. Likewise with Issawi, charges of terrorism had been around for a long time, but the raid to arrest his security only came after President Talibani, widely considered a mediating force in Iraqi politics, was taken seriously ill.

The latest crackdown comes on top of a long list of Iraqi state institutions that Maliki has targeted such as the armed forces, the Central Bank of Iraq, the electoral commission, the judiciary, and the integrity commission, in what Michael Knights calls “a culture of direct control.” Let’s imagine that by pushing the disputed territories/Kurdish oil dispute to the limit, presiding over the corruption riddled $4 billion arms deal with Russia and arresting Issawi (testing his nationalist Sunni supporters in Anbar) a successful no confidence vote is held against Maliki next year. Maliki has promised “unprecedented measures” against anyone who backs such a vote. But if he continues down this path, political opposition is going to grow. Are we going to see Maliki take more “unprecedented measures” in 2013?

JW: There were varying numbers, but now it looks like just 10 members of Issawi’s security were actually detained. There appears to be a political deal at work today to resolve the issue, which to me seems like it was just an intimidation tactic taken by PM Maliki against Issawi to let him know that he could be arrested as well in the future.
Some members of Iraqiya have called for a new no confidence vote as a result, but they don’t have the votes. Iraqiya is a party in name only these days shown by the fact that it will run as 3-4 different lists in next year’s provincial elections. Parts of the list also want to preserve their positions in government, and will not threaten that by going after Maliki. Not only that, but they need the Sadr votes in parliament to get enough to remove Maliki, and Sadr only talks about the prime minister he doesn’t take any real action against him.
As for the premier, he’s been doing these things since 2008, so I see no reason why he’d stop in the future as no one has been able to stand up to him. He’s been a master at using carrots and sticks to divide up the other parties and maintain and expand his position. Until the other parties start to see beyond their own personal political power and profits they get out of being part of the government through corruption I doubt there will be any real change in Iraq’s political situation.

Map of 'Western Kurdistan' created by Kurdish Centre for Legal Studies & Consultancy,

The map of ‘Western Kurdistan’ that continues to be enlarged day after day…

Map of Western Kurdistan – First stage
YASA e.V. - Kurdish Centre for Legal Studies & Consultancy               

To see the map, please click on
After many months of work and cooperation with many Kurds both inside and outside Syria, YASA, the Kurdish Centre for Legal Studies & Consultancy, has created a map of Western Kurdistan.
The first phase of the project is completed, and we are currently working on the second phase. People and experts who want to join us or have any comments or suggestions can contact us using the following e-mail address:

New Facts Emerge About the 2006 Al-Ishaqi Massacre. Investigation Must Be Reopened

by Mayyasa Abduljabbar and Dirk Adriaensens on 30/12/2012



The Al-Ishaqi incident refers to the reported mass murder of Iraqi civilians committed by US forces in Al-Ishaqi in 15 March 2006. After the incident, US troops rounded up and deliberately shot 11 people, including five children and four women, before blowing up their house.
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samedi 29 décembre 2012

Turkmens in Iraq do not want separation




29 December 2012 13:15 (Last updated 29 December 2012 13:21)
Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front underlined Turkmens defended territorial integrity of Iraq for past 10 years.

Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Ersat Salihi said that "while certain circles wanted to divide Iraq, the Turkmens in the region prevented this from happening."
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), 
Salihi underlined that Iraq maintained its unity after the Iraqi Turkmens defended the territorial integrity of Iraq for the past 10 years.
"Despite all the intimidation, the Turkmen Front did not take a step back. We do not want to step back,"
Salihi underlined.
Touching on the 
Iraqi presidency, Salihi noted that "in case Jalal Talabani left his post, the new Iraqi president would be a Kurd again."

Iraqi Turkmens fear over rising violence

Iraqi Turkmens fear over rising violence


Turkmens in Iraq want a special status to preserve their rights due to the ongoing violence between the central government and the KRG

Iraqi Turkmens are worried that they could suffer the most amid increasing violence between the central government and Kurdish administration in the north, according to a senior Turkmen politician. 

The Iraqi army under the authority of Prime Minister 
Nouri al-Maliki was dispatched to Turkmen regions in Kirkuk, while the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) peshmarga were deployed to the north of the city, Iraqi Turkmen Front chairman and Kirkuk deputy Arshad al-Salehi told Anatolia news agency yesterday, adding that any clashes between them would harm Turkmens. “We want a special status in our region for Turkmens so that Turkmens can preserve their rights,” the politician said.

Violence mounted recently against Iraqi Turkmens, said al-Salehi. Citing a lack of security in Kirkuk, he said the police was under the control of Kurds. Al-Salehi also touched on the killing of two Turkmen teachers that were burned to death in Kirkuk earlier this month, noting that the incident was designed to convince them to migrate elsewhere.


vendredi 28 décembre 2012

Statement from Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Human Rights Office - Kirkuk

Iraqi and Turkmen flags
The Iraqi Turkmen Front Human Rights Office has recently issued a statement saying that Turkmens who were victims of oppression, forced displacement, assimilation and assassinations since the creation of the Iraqi State continue to be targeted in today’s Iraq.

After the regime change in 2003, the Turkmens, who represent Iraq’s third main ethnic community, had hoped that Iraq would enjoy a new era of democracy and respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, unfortunately this has not been the case.  Turkmen civilians continue to be targeted in today’s Iraq,  their neighbourhoods are destroyed by car bombs and explosive devices that inflict a heavy human toll. Turkmens do not have armed militias and they are therefore very vulnerable.

Turkmen politicians, personalities and scientists are victims of kidnappings, threats and assassinations, which clearly indicates that there  is a plan to wipe out Turkmen presence, history and identity in Iraq.
Turkmens have asked the Iraqi authorities to take the necessary measures to protect Turkmen inhabited areas in the north of Iraq to prevent further killings and threats, but to no avail.

In its statement, the ITF Human Rights Office appeals to civil society organizations, the United Nations Organization and the international community to put pressure on the Iraqi government  demanding that it urgently takes the necessary measures to protect the Turkmens and put an end to the violations of Turkmens’ human rights in Iraq.

The Iraqi Turkmen Front Human Rights Office has issued the following list of crimes committed against Turkmens in Iraq in 2012:

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were murdered during 2012: 46

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were kidnapped during 2012: 12

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were martyred as a result of bombings in 2012: 61

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were injured as a result of bombings in 2012: 329

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were injured as a result of the use of sharp object in 2012: 4

Total number of Turkmen citizens who were injured by gunfire in 2012: 4

Number of Turkmen citizens who were injured as a result of the use of chemicals in 2012: 1

Number of Turkmen citizens whose homes were destroyed completely as a result of bombings in 2012 : 41

Total number of Turkmen citizens whose homes were partly damaged as a result of bombings and shootings during 2012: 45

Total number of Turkmen citizens whose cars were entirely damaged as a result of the bombings in 2012: 5

Total number of Turkmen citizens whose cars were partly damaged as a result of the bombings in 2012: 32

Number of Turkmen institutions affected by the bombings and arson during 2012: 

jeudi 27 décembre 2012

Iraqi MP: Israel Plotting to Disintegrate Iraq

Iraqi MP: Israel Plotting to Disintegrate Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent lawmaker at the Iraqi
Parliament voiced Turkmens' strong opposition to any
plan to divide Iraq into three states, and described it
as an Israeli plot to undermine Iraq's power.


"Disintegrating Iraq into three Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish states is
a plot hatched by Israel," Mohammad Mehdi Bayati, a Turkmen
member of the Iraqi parliament, said on Wednesday.

He added that Turkmens are strongly against the plot, specially
creation of an independent Kurdish state as proposed by Prime
Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan
Barzani which would also include Turkmen regions.

Bayati stated that the plot is based on ethnic discrimination,
aimed at undermining the Iraqi nation, and called on Iraq's
politicians to avoid tilting to ethnic tendencies.

Earlier media reports have unveiled close cooperation between
Iraqi Kurdistan region and Israel.

A report by the Dutch Daily Telegraph said in October 2012 that
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has had the biggest
arms trade with Israel that made the region the top importer of
Israeli weapons.

The report revealed that the KRG leader's son, Massrour Barzani,
has struck an arms deal with an Israeli military industries
delegation and a US company owned by three Israeli businessmen.

The Israeli arms cargo will be shipped to the Iraqi Kurdistan
region via Iraq-Syria border.

The region will top the customers of Israel in Asia for the
current year after conducting consecutive transactions worth
$ 20 billion to buy 12 fighter aircraft, 20 combat helicopter,
3 transportation helicopters and the highly advanced Israeli
Abrams tanks and a missile shield, anti-aircraft guns and
artilleries, personnel carrier, military boats and radar systems.

Israel has long been seeking a plot to divide the regional
countries into smaller states in a bid to undermine their power
and stir ethnic and religious strife among them. In Iraq, the
Zionist regime and its American backers have long been striving
to divide the Muslim country into Sunni, Shiite and Kurd regions.

mercredi 26 décembre 2012

Tension between Maliki's Army-Kurdish Forces will Harm Iraqi Turkmens

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Iraqi Turkmen leader: tension between Iraqi PM Maliki's army and Kurdish forces will harm Iraqi Turkmens

ANKARA -- Iraqi Turkmen Front Chairman (ITF) and Kirkuk Deputy Ersad Salihi has said that the tension between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's army units and the Kurdish forces continues, so from a possible conflict between them mainly Iraqi Turkmens would be harmed.

Salihi assessed challenges that Turkmens face lately in Iraq and told AA that they were able to see the rising violence towards Turkmens lately.

He supported, "Some hold onto conspiracy theories in the Turkmen region."
Salihi said, "Whoever those are, they are taking serious steps in order to achieve their argument."
Kirkuk MP Salihi stated that the central government in Baghdad does not assist them sufficiently regarding the solution of the problem.

Furthermore, Salihi said that as well as the army units of PM al-Maliki were settled in Kirkuk's Turkmen region, Peshmerga forces are deployed in north of the city too.

From a possible conflict, mainly Turkmens will be affected says Salihi and added: "Kirkuk became a control point of both sides at the moment. Even a small conflict will affect Turkmens. There is a risky conflict platform."
Turkmens are the third largest ethnic group in Iraq and they mainly reside in north of Iraq.
Reporting by Erkan Avci

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Anadolu Agency