UNPO alternative report in cooperation with ITF

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Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

in cooperation with

Iraqi Turkmen Front

July 2014

 

  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE REPORT

This alternative report is submitted by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples

Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the Iraqi Turkmen Front on the occasion of

the 85th session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial

Discrimination (hereinafter the Committee) during which the 15th to 21st periodic report

of the Republic of Iraq will be considered.

 

This alternative report has been structured to comment upon the articles of the

International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

(hereinafter ICERD) thematically. It will be followed by recommendations to be made to

the Iraqi delegation at the 85th session in the final chapter of the report.

 

This alternative report will focus on the situation of Assyrians, Turkmen and Kurds in

Iraq and the government’s compliance to and implementation of the provisions in the

ICERD as it affects these particular groups. The major issues highlighted in this report

include discriminatory laws on religious freedom, targeted killings based on ethnicity

and religion, political underrepresentation, displacement and lack of adequate

 

The Hague, July 2014

 

PLEASE SEE:

 

http://www.unpo.org/downloads/979.pdf

 

UNPO Alternative Report to CERD Highlights Discrimination Endured by Minority and Indigenous Groups in Iraq

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UNPO Alternative Report to CERD Highlights Discrimination Endured by Minority and Indigenous Groups in Iraq

UNPO, in cooperation with the Iraqi Turkmen Front, submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) drawing attention to the systemic racial discrimination and human rights violations endured by minority groups in Iraq.

UNPO submitted an alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) ahead of its 85th session during which the 15th to 21st periodic reports of the Republic of Iraq will be considered.

The report focused on the racial discrimination and human violations against the Assyrians, Turkmen and Kurds in Iraq, through a thematic examination of the articles of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and the Iraqi government’s compliance and implementation of them.  The Assyrians, Turkmen and Kurds are all indigenous people of northern Iraq and yet continue to face discrimination, harassment, intimidation, kidnappings and killings as a result of their ethnicity and religion.  The major issues highlighted in this report include discriminatory laws on religious freedom, targeted killings based on ethnicity and religion, political underrepresentation, displacement and lack of adequate education.

After examining the situation in Iraq and the progress made by the Iraqi government in implementing the International Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination (ICERD), this report concludes with the following recommendations to ease the suffering and discrimination suffered by the Assyrians, Turkmen and Kurds in Iraq:

Article 1.1 – Definition of Racial Discrimination

1. Comprehensive minority laws, anti-discrimination laws and implementation legislation should be passed.

2. The principles of Sharia should be defined in the Iraqi Constitution.

Article 2.1 – Elimination of Racial Discrimination

3. The Iraqi Central Government and the Kurdish Regional Government should investigate systematic abuses and discrimination more diligently for the purpose of ending impunity.

4. Possibilities of autonomy in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution, for the Assyrians and Turkmen should be examined by the Iraqi Central Government and the Kurdish Regional Government.

Article 5(b) – The Right to Security of Person

5. The Iraqi Central Government and the Kurdish Regional Government should urgently address the sectarian violence plaguing the state and provide aid to the internally displaced.

Article 5(c) – Political Rights

6. The quota for the Assyrians and Turkmen that is limiting their political representation should be lifted.

- See more at: http://www.unpo.org/article/17372#sthash.nhAkGjty.dpuf

 

OCHA and IOM Release Worrisome News About Minorities In Iraq

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Photo of internally displaced Turkmens: Can Hasasu

OCHA and IOM Release Worrisome News About Minorities In Iraq

 

Since the outbreak of the Iraqi crisis, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has produced several situation reports on the increasingly severe internal displacement in the country. The latest report was published on 18 July 2014, and developed in cooperation with humanitarian partners. Moreover, the International Organization for Migration has been updating a so called ‘Displacement Tracking Matrix’ to share baseline information on displaced populations and their conditions in Iraq. Both reports highlight the serious and life-threatening conditions that are faced by civilians, including vulnerable groups, in Iraq under the attacks of the terrorist group the Islamic State (IS).

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The armed conflict started in Anbar governorate of Iraq in January 2014, and the recent attacks by the Islamic State (IS) which started with the seizure of Mosul have carried the threat faced by the civilian population to a more serious level and the large-scale killings, injuries, and destruction and damage of livelihoods and property have been deteriorating since. The violence quickly spread to other areas and resulted in a dangerous instability in Northern Iraq. The consequences of the attacks and the current situation have been observed and reported by different organizations mandated to ensure the protection and respond to the basic humanitarian needs of civilians affected and displaced by the conflict.
The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix has released some striking figures emphasising the deteriorating situation for minority groups in Iraq. Focus has been on vulnerable groups such as minority groups, women, children, people with disabilities and elderly in order to provide information for organizing a systematic help and support mechanism to the area in the Matrix.

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Fleeing persecution and violence from the Islamic State (IS), in June and July alone 408,294 people have been forced to flee their homes. Nineveh and Saladin Provinces, which are the ancestral home of many of Iraq’s minority groups, have been particularly affected by the ongoing crisis. In fact, 89% of the total number of migrants and displaced persons in June and July used to reside in Nineveh and Saladin. As a result, many minority groups in Iraq have suffered disproportionately. Among those particularly suffering from this crisis are the Assyrians and Iraqi Turkmen. Tens of thousands of Iraqi Turkmen have been forced to flee their homes in the Telafar and Sinjar districts of Nineveh since the IS brought the conflict to Mosul in early June. It is reported that Shiite Turkmen are fleeing to Shiite majority areas of Iraq, while Sunni Turkmen are returning home, risking the fragmentation of the Iraqi Turkmen.

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The report also evidences the many hardships that are faced by the growing number of displaced people in northern Iraq. Concentrated mostly in Nineveh, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah districts, 10,422 families are currently reported as living in vulnerable shelters, such as camps or abandoned buildings. A majority of displaced people have found temporary shelter staying with relatives (31%), while others have been hosted by churches and mosques. The report states that the internally displaced people have prioritized non-food items as their most urgent need (82% of those surveyed), followed by food items (55%), health and child care (21%) and shelter (16%). Over 24,000 families are not able to access enough food and water. Those living in camps are the most vulnerable, with inadequate shelter, insufficient amounts of food and water and little to no access to healthcare and sanitation. Only 8% of 68,049 displaced families are reported to have received any sort of assistance.

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Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No. 3, published by OCHA on 18 July 2014 underlines the challenges threatening the IDPs who are still on the move across Iraq. As of 14 July, humanitarian actors had provided food to more than 153,470 people; clean water to some 235,000; non-food items (NFI) to over 74,000 and hygiene kits to 37,000 individuals. Medical supplies, medicines and mobile clinics reached 316,500 people and some 1,250 women received dignity kits. The disruption of the public distribution system is threatening food security for many. Yet still there are almost 60,000 IDPs in need of shelter and non-food items. Acute water shortages are reported across northern Iraq as impacting both IDPs and host families.

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OCHA reports the number of IDP locations in Iraq as 1,231. Thousands of IDPs are observed as heading to Najaf, Karbala and other southern areas, yet the ability to transit to these areas still remains a challenge. Rapid response to people on the move, particularly those delayed at checkpoints, remains a critical gap. OCHA underlines the need for a timely information sharing mechanism to allow the humanitarian community to reach beneficiaries in a complex and rapidly evolving security situation.

To read the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix [16 July 2014], please click here .
To read OCHA Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report [18 July 2014], please click here .
Photo of internally displaced Turkmens: Can Hasasu
– See more at: http://www.unpo.org/article/17366#sthash.coQxpCT3.dpuf

 

The Effects of the ISIS Operations on the Turkmens in Iraq (ORSAM report)

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The Effects of the ISIS Operations on the Turkmens


Bilgay Duman, ORSAM Middle East Researchers

please click on the link below:

 

http://www.orsam.org.tr/en/enUploads/Article/Files/2014726_policybriefing7.pdf

 

DISPLACEMENT TRACKING MATRIX IRAQ CRISIS 2014 – INTERIM REPORT: 16 JULY 2014

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As of 16 July, the precise locations of 60,958 IDP families (365,748 individuals) have been identified in 555 locations, and
it is also known that an estimated 7,091 families (estimated 42,564 individuals) have left their location of displacement
in Ninewa and are currently on the move. Some intend to return to their area of origin, while others are in transit to
central and southern governorates, or to other locations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

Difficult security conditions and access restrictions, particularly in the southern portions of Ninewa and Diyala, mean that there are still locations that may host IDP populations that are un-assessed.

IOM continues to strive to increase DTM coverage as much as the situation allows.

please see:
http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/IOM%20Iraq%20DTM%20Interim%20Report%2016%20July.pdf

 

Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert

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Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert

İpek Yezdani – ARBIL

ipek.yezdani@hurriyet.com.tr

THOUSANDS OF TURKMEN REFUGEES WHO FLED ISIL VIOLENCE IN TELAFER ARE BEING ABANDONED TO THEIR FATE UNDER 50 DEGREES OF HOT WEATHER IN THE DESERT

Hürriyet Photo, Selçuk Şamiloğlu

Hürriyet Photo, Selçuk Şamiloğlu

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Iraq as Turkmens who fled the advance of the feared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are now succumbing to the region’s scorching summer sun as refugees. And with death approaching, many refugees are apoplectic at Turkey and Kurdistan’s indifference to their plight.

“There is always someone to look after Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, but there is no one to look after Turkmens. Turks were calling Telafer ‘Little Istanbul;’ why doesn’t Turkey take care of us now?” said Eyat Suttu, 35, noting that said his wife had been seriously ill for five days but that he had not been able to bring her to a hospital because the Iraqi Kurdish peshmarga had not let them enter Arbil.

“We are going to die here under the sun in the dust. Just kill all of us at once and this torture will be finished for all of us,” he said.

On June 15, ISIL, who had recently renamed itself as the Islamic State (IS), seized the control of the northern Iraqi city of Telafer, a largely Turkmen city.

Thousands of Shiite Turkmens first fled to the northwestern city of Sinjar in order to flee to either Kirkuk, Baghdad, Karbala of Najaf. However, they have been kept waiting for days in 50-degree weather in the desert by peshmarga forces at the Hazer security checkpoint just outside Arbil.

Hazer is the main security checkpoint between Arbil and ISIL-controlled Mosul. Outside the checkpoint, there are thousands of people from new-born babies to the elderly, who have been trying to survive in tents which they have made from blankets in the desert heat.

Small children and elderly people die every day because of the intense heat, according to refugees waiting at the checkpoint.

‘We buried three children’

Mahsoun Habil Muhsin, 35, escaped from Telafer with his wife and five children. “We have been suffering here for a week. The peshmarga doesn’t allow us to enter Arbil. Our children are dying because of the heat and diseases. We buried two old women and three children yesterday. There are new-born babies in the camp and they could die at any minute,” Muhsin said.

The only area Shiite Turkmens think they can take shelter in in northern Iraq is the peshmarga-controlled city of Kirkuk.

“When ISIL attacked Telafer, we have fled to Sinjar on June 16. But there was no food or water there. So we had to leave Sinjar and come here. However, the peshmarga keeps us waiting here. Why don’t they let us go? We are Turkish, why doesn’t Turkey take care of us?” Muhsin added.

Hidir Suleiman, 42, who used to be an elementary school teacher in Telafer, fled to Hazer with his nine children. “We left everything we had behind. We didn’t even take our ID cards. Elderly people died on the road. Our wives and children are dying here. We just want to get out of here, we don’t want anything else. Just save us and allow us to enter a town in Turkey,” he said.

Thousands of Turkmens stay in the storage as hot as oven

In addition to Turkmens who have been kept waiting at the Hazer checkpoint, there are also thousands more who have been living inside an empty storage in Arbil. They are being sent to Baghdad, Najaf or Karbala in small number of groups by plane once a week.

Inside the storage, it is much hotter than outside. They have divided the storage into three- to five-square-meter rooms with blankets for each family. There are at least 10 people staying in every room.

Fazil Muhammad, a hammersmith from Telafer, fled Arbil with nine people from his family. “We had had clashes with ISIL for three days, and then the Iraqi army brigade who came from Baghdad fought against them for a week. Then ISIL started to bomb the town. Gen. Abu Walid withdrew his soldiers. We had to run away too. We have been staying here for 30 days, we are waiting to be sent to southern Iraq,” he said.

‘ISIL killed all those left behind’

Hadi Hasan, who came to the storage a week ago, said ISIL had killed all the Shiites who were not able to flee and who were left behind in Telafer.

“They killed even 40-day-old babies and the elderly. They have blasted all the Shiite mosques. They even killed the animals, cows and sheep. We didn’t have time to bury some of the bodies.”

Zeynep Ali Ekber, 25, said ISIL militants took away 20 people including her father and her brother from the Bekkekut village of Telafer. “They have arrested many from the other Shiite villages. We haven’t heard from them since then,” she said.

July/22/2014

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iraqi-turkmens-left-for-dead-in-desert.aspx?pageID=238&nID=69432&NewsCatID=352

Ethnic cleansing of the Turkmens, Iraq’s Third Main Ethnic Community

July 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF IRAQ’S THIRD MAIN ETHNIC COMMUNITY: 

THE TURKMENS

There are over 350.000 internally displaced Turkmens in Iraq since June 2014, they fled from their cities and villages which were attacked by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) in June, many were killed and wounded. 

After attacking  and occupying Mosul city on 9th June 2014, ISIS attacked Tel Afer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul.

When ISIS moved to the Turkmen inhabited region of  Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces, they attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated in these provinces: Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli, Chardaghli, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

Please click on the link below to read the S.O.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ

http://turkmenfriendship.blogspot.be/2014/07/appeal-from-iraqi-turkmen-front-to.html

 

MAP OF IRAQ ( THE REGION INHABITED BY TURKMENS ‘Turkmeneli’ IS INDICATED IN BLUE)

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 THE TURKMENS’ VOICES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STIFLED IN IRAQ
The history of the Turkmens in Iraq is one of continuous sufferings since the establishment of the Iraqi State in 1921.
Turkmens should be amongst the wealthiest people on earth,  their region Turkmeneli,
is rich in oil, gas, and their agricultural lands are very fertile.
Unfortunately their region continues to be coveted by Arabs and Kurds.

Turkmens do not have armed militias, they are an easy target.

 The dramatic situation of the internally displaced Turkmens

The Internally Displaced Turkmens in Iraq will never be able to return to their cities and villages which are now de facto occupied and controlled by ISIS and/or by their Sunni Arab allies, or by the  Kurdish Peshmerga.

The Turkmens who are transferred to the south of Iraq will be arabised while those who remain in the north of Iraq will be kurdified.

The Kurds, taking advantage of the weakness of the Iraqi government,  advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region. Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (called TURKMENELI)  they control almost all Turkmen cities and towns in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala).  

The majority of Sunni Arabs in the north of Iraq support ISIS, they did not try to resist when ISIS attacked Mosul.

Turkmen IDPs have lost everything, their houses were looted after they were forced to flee to save their lives. They are now homeless and landless.

 Photos of  Turkmens in Iraq  fleeing their cities and villages after being attacked by ISIS (in June 2014).

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TURKMEN IDPs

 Trying to protect themselves from the scorching heat

Turkmens fleeing from Telafer

Photo above: Turkmens fleeing from Tel Afer (a Turkmen city in the north west of Iraq) under heavy shelling by ISIS

Turkmen refugees truck

Turkmens were taken to transit camps by trucks

Hereunder, photos taken at one of the Transit camps (situated in the Kurdish Autonomous Region – Baharka camp, 10 km from Erbil city)

Turkmen IDs in warehouse Erbil

11th July, 2014 -BAHARKA Transit Camp : After waiting for several days in the scorching heat, with hardly any water and food, 5.000 Internally Displaced Turkmens arriving from Tel Afer (a Turkmen city in the north west of Iraq) were finally allowed to enter Erbil.

They are now in Baharka Transit Camp (10 km north of Erbil ) which is an old warehouse. But their ordeal is far from over, the living conditions there are appalling. The place is very dirty, very hot (48°C) and there is no sanitation infrastructure and no medical help.

Almost all of the IDPs had to stop several times before arriving to Baharka , with on average each IDP family stopping 5 times.

Over half of the IDPs relying on their own savings to meet their basic needs reported that it would last only one week. The remaining  reported that they had no means to support their families.

UNHCR help has not yet reached these IDPs.

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Executive Board Members Messrs Ali Mehdi and Aydin Maruf, and ITF Erbil  representative Mr. Dilsat Terzi, delivered some humanitarian assistance to the IDPs.

The Turkish Relief Organization UKBA (Uluslararasi Kardeşlik Banş ve Ahlak Vakfi) International Brotherhood, Peace and Moral Foundation, also provided assistance to the IDPs.

There is an urgent need for baby milk and diapers. There are not enough mattresses. Many people are sleeping on the floor outside the warehouse. Children are suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration.

The Internally Displaced   Turkmens of this Transit camp near Erbil are waiting to be flown to  NAJAF in the South of Iraq.

More IDPs are on their way to this Transit camp…

We had reports today that 13 IDPs, including children,  have died between Mosul and Erbil because of lack of food and water.

 

Turkmen refugee father and baby

 A father trying to cool his baby (babies are the first to suffer from dehydration in this temperature of  48°C).

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 The whereabouts of many Turkmen IDPs is still  unknown.

 Note: According to a report from  OCHA (United Nations OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS), Iraq is now contending with one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world; over 1.2 million have been displaced since January 2014. Since the fall of Mosul on 9th June 2014, armed opposition groups (AOGs), including Baathists, tribal militias and members of the former regime/military, along with the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), have taken control of large swathes of Iraq’s provinces.

 

Turkmen refugee children water

Water being delivered by the Turkmen community of Erbil  to the Turkmen children (of Tel Afer) at Camp Baharka  near Erbil – Apart from two Turkish Aid Agencies and the Iraqi Turkmen Front, no one is providing humanitarian help to the poor IDPs.

 

Turkmen refugee, mother with sick child

 

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Exhausted Turkmen IDPs trying to find a place in the shade (Temperature in June, July and August reaches 50°C in Iraq)

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An employee of a Turkish Humanitairian Aid Agency trying to comfort an exhausted refugee.

Hereunder : URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS’ EU REPRESENTATIVE ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED NATIONS 

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IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT

European Representation

Brussels-Belgium

 

For the urgent attention of The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

S.O.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ.

 

Your Excellency,

 

As the representative of the Iraqi Turkmen front in the European Union and on behalf of the Iraqi Turkmens, who constitute  Iraq’s  third largest ethnic group and one of the three  main communities forming  the backbone of the Iraqi people with the Arabs and Kurds, I am writing to you in order to bring to your attention the grave situation the Turkmens are facing in the north of Iraq after the attacks and the invasion of Mosul city by the terrorist organization ‘ISIS’(the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) on the 9th of June 2014.

 

Since then, the terrorist organization ISIS has multiplied its attacks and extended its invasion to the north of Iraq rapidly because of the unexpected and astonishing sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala), leaving a vacuum and facilitating the partial occupation of these provinces by ISIS and by the Kurdish Peshmerga.

 

Indeed, the Kurdish Peshmerga, either in prior agreement with the terrorist organization  ISIS or opportunistically taking advantage of the present weakness of the Iraqi government forces in the north of Iraq, have quickly advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region to occupy and control the so-called ‘contested territories’ in the provinces of  Kirkuk, Mosul, Salaheddin and Diyala. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying almost all the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (Türkmeneli) and controlling almost all Turkmen cities and towns in these four provinces.

 

After occupying Mosul city, ISIS attacked Telafer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul, killing over one hundred Turkmens and wounding several hundreds of them, 200.000 Turkmen inhabitants of Telafer, mainly women, children and elderly people fled the city under heavy shelling. These defenceless people are facing huge difficulties to find shelter, water and food, they are in the desert under scorching heat. Some of them have been denied entry to the Kurdish region where they were seeking refuge.

 

ISIS after establishing its control on Mosul moved forward to the south and took control of Tikrit, the capital of the Salaheddin province and of the town of Hawija, the largest Sunni Arab town in Kirkuk province where they took control without any resistance neither from the central government forces nor from the local authorities because of the sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in these provinces as mentioned earlier.

 

After controlling Tikrit and Hawija , ISIS  moved to the Turkmen region of Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces and attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated  in these provinces such as Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli,  Chardaghli, Kara Naz, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

 

In each of these Turkmen localities ISIS has committed crimes against humanity, torturing, raping, kidnapping young girls, looting Turkmens’ properties and mass killing indiscriminately women, men and children.

 

The Turkmens in Iraq have been betrayed by the Iraqi government who assured them that the Iraqi army would protect the Turkmens in the entire Turkmen region in the north of Iraq.

 

The 12th division of the Iraqi army which was supposed to defend and protect Kirkuk province, unexpectedly abandoned its position, leaving all its weapons and equipment behind.

 

The Kurdish Peshmerga took over the area and confiscated the weapons which were abandoned by the Iraqi army. The Peshmerga were supposed to protect and defend Kirkuk province from ISIS attacks.

 

Unfortunately, when ISIS encircled and attacked the village of Beshir (situated some 30 km south west of Kirkuk)  the Peshmerga forces abandoned their position around Beshir, leaving the poorly armed Turkmen inhabitants on their own to defend their village. They resisted as long as they could until they ran out of ammunition.  ISIS conquered the village and the inhabitants fled, but unfortunately not all of them succeeded.  Dozens of people were killed, more than 30 were wounded and a large number of them are still missing, they are either dead or still trapped inside the village.

 

ISIS has committed the same crimes in the Turkmen locality of Biravceli, in Salaheddin province, where they killed 23 defenceless Turkmens, most of them women and children.

 

The above are just a few examples of what is happening to the unarmed and unprotected Turkmens in  their towns, cities and villages in the north of Iraq.

 

Since 2003, Turkmens have been continuously targeted and attacked. They have been killed, wounded, kidnapped for ransom, their properties have been looted or burned and their political leaders have been assassinated.

 

In view of the above, it is clear that the survival of the Turkmen community in Iraq is at stake. They are facing ethnic cleansing and a potential genocide in the present day troubled situation of the country.

 

Therefore, Iraqi Turkmens urge the General Secretary of the United Nations to do his utmost to come to the help of the Turkmens to protect them by providing a safe haven for them in the north of Iraq, similar to the safe haven the UN provided for the Kurds of Iraq from 1991 to 2003.

 

Furthermore, Turkmens urge the United Nations to bring the criminals from ISIS as well as those responsible in the Iraqi central government and local authorities in these provinces who betrayed the Turkmens by leaving them without defence and protection to the International Criminal Court to be judged.

 

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

 

IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli’s APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO ESTABLISH A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE TURKMENS IN IRAQ

July 1, 2014 at 12:55 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Please note that ITF EU representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli  delivered this letter by hand to Ms Emmy Takahashi, UNHCR Head of Unit – Global Issues – EU  – at a meeting at UNHCR Brussels Office 

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IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT

European Representation

Brussels-Belgium

For the urgent attention of The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

S.0.S. AND URGENT APPEAL FROM THE IRAQI TURKMENS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SAFE HAVEN FOR TURKMENS IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ.

 

 Your Excellency,

As the representative of the Iraqi Turkmen front in the European Union and on behalf of the Iraqi Turkmens, who constitute  Iraq’s  third largest ethnic group and one of the three  main communities forming  the backbone of the Iraqi people with the Arabs and Kurds, I am writing to you in order to bring to your attention the grave situation the Turkmens are facing in the north of Iraq after the attacks and the invasion of Mosul city by the terrorist organization ‘ISIS’(the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) on the 9th of June 2014.

 

Since then, the terrorist organization ISIS has multiplied its attacks and extended its invasion to the north of Iraq rapidly because of the unexpected and astonishing sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in the four provinces in the north of Iraq (Mosul, Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala), leaving a vacuum and facilitating the partial occupation of these provinces by ISIS and by the Kurdish Peshmerga.

 

Indeed, the Kurdish Peshmerga, either in prior agreement with the terrorist organization  ISIS or opportunistically taking advantage of the present weakness of the Iraqi government forces in the north of Iraq, have quickly advanced their forces beyond the Kurdish autonomous region to occupy and control the so-called ‘contested territories’ in the provinces of  Kirkuk, Mosul, Salaheddin and Diyala. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces are now de facto occupying almost all the Turkmen region in the north of Iraq (Türkmeneli) and controlling almost all Turkmen cities and towns in these four provinces.

 

After occupying Mosul city, ISIS attacked Telafer, the largest Turkmen city in the province of Mosul, killing over one hundred Turkmens and wounding several hundreds of them, 200.000 Turkmen inhabitants of Telafer, mainly women, children and elderly people fled the city under heavy shelling. These defenceless people are facing huge difficulties to find shelter, water and food, they are in the desert under scorching heat. Some of them have been denied entry to the Kurdish region where they were seeking refuge.

 

ISIS after establishing its control on Mosul moved forward to the south and took control of Tikrit, the capital of the Salaheddin province and of the town of Hawija, the largest Sunni Arab town in Kirkuk province where they took control without any resistance neither from the central government forces nor from the local authorities because of the sudden withdrawal of the Iraqi army divisions from their positions in these provinces as mentioned earlier.

 

After controlling Tikrit and Hawija , ISIS  moved to the Turkmen region of Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces and attacked the Turkmen towns and villages situated  in these provinces such as Bashir, Biravceli, Bastamli,  Chardaghli, Kara Naz, Kara Tepe, Salman Pak, Jalawla and several villages belonging to the Turkmen Bayat tribes.

 

In each of these Turkmen localities ISIS has committed crimes against humanity, torturing, raping, kidnapping young girls, looting Turkmens’ properties and mass killing indiscriminately women, men and children.

 

The Turkmens in Iraq have been betrayed by the Iraqi government who assured them that the Iraqi army would protect the Turkmens in the entire Turkmen region in the north of Iraq.

 

The 12th division of the Iraqi army which was supposed to defend and protect Kirkuk province, unexpectedly abandoned its position, leaving all its weapons and equipment behind.

 

The Kurdish Peshmerga took over the area and confiscated the weapons which were abandoned by the Iraqi army. The Peshmerga were supposed to protect and defend Kirkuk province from ISIS attacks.

 

Unfortunately, when ISIS encircled and attacked the village of Beshir (situated some 30 km south west of Kirkuk)  the Peshmerga forces abandoned their position around Beshir, leaving the poorly armed Turkmen inhabitants on their own to defend their village. They resisted as long as they could until they ran out of ammunition.  ISIS conquered the village and the inhabitants fled, but unfortunately not all of them succeeded.  Dozens of people were killed, more than 30 were wounded and a large number of them are still missing, they are either dead or still trapped inside the village.

 

ISIS has committed the same crimes in the Turkmen locality of Biravceli, in Salaheddin province, where they killed 23 defenceless Turkmens, most of them women and children.

 

The above are just a few examples of what is happening to the unarmed and unprotected Turkmens in  their towns, cities and villages in the north of Iraq.

 

Since 2003, Turkmens have been continuously targeted and attacked. They have been killed, wounded, kidnapped for ransom, their properties have been looted or burned and their political leaders have been assassinated.

 

In view of the above, it is clear that the survival of the Turkmen community in Iraq is at stake. They are facing ethnic cleansing and a potential genocide in the present day troubled situation of the country.

 

Therefore, Iraqi Turkmens urge the General Secretary of the United Nations to do his utmost to come to the help of the Turkmens to protect them by providing a safe haven for them in the north of Iraq, similar to the safe haven the UN provided for the Kurds of Iraq from 1991 to 2003.

 

Furthermore, Turkmens urge the United Nations to bring the criminals from ISIS as well as those responsible in the Iraqi central government and local authorities in these provinces who betrayed the Turkmens by leaving them without defence and protection to the International Criminal Court to be judged.

 

Yours respectfully,

 

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

 

Turkish translation: 

Ekselansları, Birleşmiş Milletler Genel Sekreteri, Bay Ban Ki Moon’nun acil dikkatine

IRAK TÜRKMENLERİNDEN BİRLEŞMİŞ MİLLETLER GENEL SEKRETERİNE KUZEY IRAK’TA GÜVENLİ BÖLGE TESİSİ İÇİN S.O.S. VE ACİL BAŞVURU

Sayın Ekselansları

 

Ben, Irak Türkmen Cephesinin Avrupa Birliğinde ki Temsilcisi olarak ve Irak’ta ki üçüncü büyük etnik gurup olan, Araplar ve Kürtler ile birlikte Irak halkının omurgasını teşkil eden üç ana toplumdan biri olan Irak Türkmenleri adına, Irak Türkmenlerinin ISIS/IŞİD (Irak Şam İslam Devleti) adlı terör örgütünün 9 haziran 2014 tarihinden beri Kuzey Irak’ı istila etmesi üzerine bugünlerde yaşadıkları korkunç trajik duruma ve karşılaştıkları feci zorluklara dikkatinizi çekmek için bu mektubu size yazıyorum. 

 

O günden beri ISIS/IŞİD terör örgütü saldırılarını katlayıp istilasını Kuzey Irak’a doğru hızla yaymakta, Irak silahlı birliklerinin konuşlandıkları Kuzey Irak’ta ki dört (Musul, Kerkük, Salaheddin ve Diyala) ilden beklenmedik ve şaşırtan geri çekilişinden doğan boşluk nedeniyle anılan vilayetlerin kısmen ISIS/IŞİD ve Kürt peşmergeler tarafından istilasını kolaylaştırmaktadır.  

 

Gerçekte Kurt Pesmerge, ya terör örgütü ISIS/IŞİD ile önceden anlaşarak ya da şans eseri Irak hükümet güçlerinin Irak’ın kuzeyinde ki mevcut zayıflığından faydalanarak Kürt peşmergeler kuvvetlerini Kürt özerk bölgesinin ötesinde Kerkük, Musul, Salaheddin ve Diyala illerinde ki sözde “ihtilaflı toprakları” işgal ve kontrol etmek için hızla ilerletmişlerdir. Peşmerge kuvvetleri şimdi Kuzey Irak’ın Türkmen bölgesinin (Türkmeneli) neredeyse tamamını işgal etmekte ve anılan dört vilayette ki Türkmen kasabalarını ve şehirleri kontrol etmektedirler.

 

ISIS/IŞİD bir hafta önce Musul’u istila ettikten sonra Musul ilinde ki en büyük Türkmen kasabası Telafer’e saldırarak yüzden fazla Türkmen’i öldürmüş ve birkaç yüzünü de yaralamıştır. 200.000 nüfuslu Telafer kasabasının, çoğunluğu kadınlar, çocuklar ve yaşlılardan oluşan halkı kesif bombardıman altında şehri terk etmişlerdir. Kavurucu çöl sıcağında ki bu savunmasız halk barınak, su ve gıda bulmada büyük güçlük çekmektedirler. Onlardan Kürt bölgesine sığınma arayışında olan bazılarının talepleri ret edilmiştir.

  

ISIS/IŞİD; Kerkük ilinde ki Hawija ve Tikrit kasabalarını kontrol altına aldıktan sonra Kerkük, Salaheddin ve Diyala illerinin Türkmen bölgesine geçip bu illerde ki Beşir, Biravceli, Salman Pak, Kara Tepe, Jalawla gibi Türkmen kasabalarına ve Türkmen Bayat kabilelerine ait olan birkaç köye de saldırıp işgal etmişlerdir.

 

ISIS/IŞİD işgal ettiği bu Türkmen yerleşimlerinin her birinde, işkence, tecavüz, genç kızları kaçırma, Türkmen mülklerini yağmalama ve ayırım gözetmeksizin kadınları, adamları ve çocukları toplu öldürerek insanlığa karşı suç işlemektedirler.

 

Irak’ta ki bütün bölgelerde yerleşik Türkmenleri Irak ordusunun koruyacağına dair güvence veren Irak hükümeti tarafından Irak’ta ki Türkmenlere ihanet edilmiştir.  

 

Kerkük ilini savunma ve korumadan sorumlu 12nci Irak tümeninin, tüm silahlarını ve malzemelerini bırakarak bulunduğu mevkii beklenmedik bir şekilde terk etmiştir.

 

Kürt peşmerge Kerkük ilini ISIS/IŞİD saldırılarına karşı savunmak üzere bölgeyi devralmış ve Irak ordusunun terk ettikleri silahlara el koymuştur.   

 

Maalesef, ISIS/IŞİD Beşir’e saldırdığında peşmerge kuvvetleri, az sayıda silahlanmış Türkmen halkını kendi köylerini savunma zorunda bırakarak, Beşir çevresinde ki konumlarını terk etmişlerdir. Türkmenler mühimmatları bitinceye kadar ellerinden geldiğince direnmişlerdir. ISIS/IŞİD köyü ele geçirmiş ve köy halkı yerlerini terk etmişlerdir, fakat maalesef hepsi başarılı olamamıştır. En azından düzinelerce kişi öldürülmüş, 30 kişiden fazlası yaralanmış ve bir çoğu hala kayıptır, bunlar ya ölüdürler ya da köyde mahsur kalmışlardır.

 

ISIS/IŞİD aynı insanlık suçlarını, çoğunluğu kadın ve çocuklardan oluşan 23 Türkmen’i öldürdükleri, Salaheddin ilinde ki Türkmen yerleşimi Biravceli’de işlemişlerdir.

 

Yukarıdakiler Kuzey Irak’ta kendi kasabalarında, şehirlerinde ve köylerinde silahsız Türkmenlere yapılanlardan bir kaç örnektir.

 

2003 yılından beri Türkmenler sürekli hedef olmuşlar ve saldırılmışlardır. Öldürülmüşler, yaralanmışlar, fidye için rehin alınmışlar ve mülkleri yağmalanmışlar veya yakılmışlar ve politik liderleri suikasta uğramışlardır. 

 

Yukarıda anlatılan görünümüyle, Irak’ta ki Türkmen toplumunun hayatta kalması açıkça söz konusudur. Ülkenin mevcut sorunlu durumunda tüm Irak’ta ki, bilhassa Kuzey Irak’ta ki, Türkmenler bir etnik temizlik ve potansiyel soykırımla karşı karşıyadırlar.

 

Bu nedenle Irak Türkmenleri; Birleşmiş Milletler Genel Sekreteri, Bay Ban Ki Moon’u, 1991 – 2003 yılları arasında Irak Kürtlerine sağlandığı gibi Türkmenlere de Kuzey Irak’ta emniyetli bir yaşam sağlamak suretiyle Türkmenlere yardım etmelerini ve onları potansiyel bir soy kırımından korumak için sonuna kadar çaba sarf etmelerini acilen talep ederler

 

Ayrıca Türkmenler Birleşmiş Milletlerden ISIS suçlularını Irak merkezi yönetiminde ki ve sözü edilen dört vilayetin yöresel yönetimlerinde ki, Türkmenleri savunmasız ve korumasız bırakarak ihanet eden sorumlular ila birlikte Uluslar Arası Suçlular Mahkemesinde yargılanması huşunu acilen talep ederler.  

 

Saygılarımla

 

Dr. Hassan Aydinli

Irak Türkmen Cephesi AB’de ki Temsilcisi

Brussels, 21st June 2014.

 

IRAQI TURKMENS (Articles)

June 27, 2014 at 11:51 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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 Iraq crisis: Villagers sprayed with bullets as they fled black flags of Isis

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-crisis-villagers-sprayed-with-bullets-as-they-fled-black-flags-of-isis-9560693.html

 

Turkmens wait warily as Kirkuk’s fate in limbo in Iraq

http://en.cihan.com.tr/news/Turkmens-wait-warily-as-Kirkuk-s-fate-in-limbo-in-Iraq_8956-CHMTQ4ODk1Ni8kbmV3c01hcFZhbHVlLntjYXRlZ29yeS5pZH0=

  

Iraqi Turkmen call on Turkey to act on ISIL

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/139576/iraqi-turkmen-call-on-turkey-to-act-on-isil

 

TURKEY STRONGLY CONDEMNS KILLING OF IRAQI TURKMEN POLITICIAN

http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2014/06/25/turkey-strongly-condemns-killing-of-iraqi-turkmen-politician

Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is “foregone conclusion”

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/26/iraq-crisis-israel-kurds-idINL6N0P73JS20140626

 

 

 

 

Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

June 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Nickolay Mladenov (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq – Press Conference

25 Jun 2014 – Briefing by Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on the situation in Iraq (via video-link).

 

 

http://webtv.un.org/watch/nickolay-mladenov-unami-on-the-situation-in-iraq-press-conference/3641890434001/

 

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