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HRW accuses KRG forces of expelling Ezidi families from Kurdistan Region

TNAnews- Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sunday (July 9) of expelling and threatening Ezidi families because of their relatives’ participation in the Iraqi government forces.

HRW released a report on Sunday saying that since June Kurdish security forces had returned at least four displaced families to Sinjar from Kurdistan, where the families had previously fled to due to the Islamic State (ISIS) crisis in the country.

Access to basic goods and services is still very limited in Sinjar and the surrounding area.

HRW added that the expulsion of Ezidi families due to a relative joining Hashid al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), amounts to “collective punishment in violation of international law.”

“Kurdistan Regional Government authorities should stop expelling Yezidi families because of their relatives’ actions, a form of collective punishment,” Deputy Middle East Director at Human Rights Watch. Lama Fakih, said.

“These displaced families have the right not to be forcibly returned to their still-damaged home villages,” the deputy director added.

HRW said it had received reports from an Ezidi rights’ activist that 15 other Ezidi families were also expelled and returned to Sinjar by the security forces, but it said it could not confirm the report.

“While the Kurdistan Regional Government may not like the Popular Mobilization Forces, punishing family members of PMF fighters is the wrong – and unlawful – way to address the issue,” Fakih said.

(NRT) 

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