Turkmen News - Iraq
A joint report of Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), Minority Rights Group International (MRG), No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) focusing on the Christians, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yezidi - who have been most affected by the conflict.
The Report shows that more than 2 million people are displaced since January 2014, a disproportionate number are from ethnic and religious minorities, including Assyrians, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yezidis.
It stated very clearly that ISIS has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide against religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq.
The report provides critical information on the legal basis for war crimes prosecutions and follows a hearing on religious minorities in the European Parliament.
The report also shows the prominent role played by the Turkmen Rescue Foundation in documenting the suffering of Turkmen in the report.
For his part, Dr. Ali Al-Bayati, Head of Turkmen Resque Foundation, said in a statement to Turkmen News Agency, "the report differs from its predecessors clearly by referring to the suffering of the Turkmen and their issue in the various areas where they were to abuses, especially in Tal'afar, Bashir and Amerli, according to a neutral scientific professional documentation, depending on local organizations and eye witnesses."
Al-Bayati added that the number of Turkmen at the report was not so accurate, although the Turkmen Rescue Foundation presented all information available about the real number of Turkmen targeted by ISIS, the report based on statistical reports achieved by some international organizations claiming that the number to be no morethan 500-600 thousand people.
Al-Bayati went on saying that the report made recommendations to the Iraqi government, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the international community, the most important of these recommendations as we believe are demanding the prosecution of the responsible for crimes against minorities internationally.
"The report issued by the well-known international organizations and it will effect on the activity and current issues, I think it will have an impact as the recommendations indicate, there will be an extension of this report to indicate the developments and in response to the recommendations of the concerned authorities. " he added.
At the end of his speech, Al-Bayati pointed out that some may criticize mentioning Turkmen in the report as a minority, here we would like to emphasize that our organization is humanitarian and not political, legislative or executive one, the Iraqi Parliament considered Turkmen as the Third component of Iraqi people and did not consider them as a minority, but we chose to talk about our suffering in this The report as a minority because we found a way to deliver our voice and harshness to the international organizations around the world.
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