Tags: ITF Human Rights Office statement, List of HR violations against Turkmens in 2012
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
Total 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: 2
Tags: Mohammed Ghani Hikmat
Sculpture by the great Mohammed Ghani Hikmat ♥
The broken pillar is engraved with sumerian characters taken from the Cuneiform script. The pillar represents Iraq, and it is being held up by a man with multiple arms, representing the different ethnic groups working together to rescue Iraq.
Tags: America's invasions
America’s Hype over WMD: Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies
From Panama to Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare…. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.” (Winston S. Churchill, 1874-1965, from War Office minute, 12th May 1919.)
As the sabre rattling against Syria gets ever louder, the allegations ever wilder and double standards, stirring, plotting and terrorist financing (sorry: “aiding the legitimate opposition”) neon lit, it is instructive to look at the justifications presented by US Administrations for a few other murderous incursions in recent history.
This month is the twenty third anniversary of the US invasion of Panama on 20th December 1989, as Panamanians prepared their Christmas celebrations. A quick check reminds the late Philip Agee recalling President George H.W. Bush telling the American people that the threat from Panama (pop: 3,571,185 – 2011) was such that: “our way of life is at stake.” Agee referred to this in his aptly named talk “Producing the Proper Crisis.”(i) Apt then as now. Nothing changes.
The aim of the invasion was to capture the country’s leader General Manuel Noriega and, of course, to: “establish a democratic government.” Regime change.
With the approaching transfer of control of the Panama Canal to Panama (originally scheduled for 1st January 1990) after a century of US colonial stewardship, America wanted to ensure it was in the hands of malleable allies.
Noriega a CIA asset, since 1967 (ii) who had also attended the notorious School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia, came to power with US backing, but seemingly his support for the US was cooling. To encapsulate a long story, the US kidnapped him and sentenced him to forty years in jail.
Plans to invade were called: “Operation Prayer Book.” It was later re-named “Operation Just Cause”, with General Colin Powell commenting that it was a moniker of which he approved as: ”Even our severest critics would have to utter ‘Just Cause’ whilst denouncing us.” (Colin Powell, with Jospeh E. Persico: “My American Journey”, 1995.)
All military marauding should simply be called: “Operation Silly Name 1, then 2,3,4” etc., until the numbers finally run out.
Tags: Iraqi and Syrian Turkmens
|TÜRK HUKUK ENSTİTÜSÜ
Tarih: 24 Aralık 2012 Pazartesi
2-) Panel – 14:00- 16:00
1) Erşet SALİHİ – Irak Türkmen Cephesi Genel Başkanı ve Kerkük
Genel Başkan Yrd.
Bilimler Fakültesi Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi
Tags: Exxon deals with Kurds
Aide: Maliki Willing to Start War Over Oil Drilling
War over oil in Iraq is a rather old issue, but as Iraq seems to be drawn ever near to an open civil war setting the central government against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) oil is once again the principle justification.
Oil and the contracts for them, anyway. Exxon Mobil has signed a pact with the KRG to drill in oil fields along the nebulous line of control between the two sides, near Kirkuk and the Maliki government insists it controls this region, in theory though clearly not in practice.
“The prime minister has been clear: If Exxon lays a finger on this territory, they will face the Iraqi army,” noted MP Sami Alaskary, a close aide of Maliki, adding that “we will go to war, for oil and for Iraqi sovereignty.”
Moving militarily against a major American oil company is risky in and of itself, but doubly so in this case, because the KRG has a military of its own, the Peshmearga, and has shown a willingness to deploy them against the central government’s military when they get too close to the line of control.
The KRG has regularly expressed concern about Maliki’s moves against them, saying they believe his efforts to buy large amounts of US military hardware are a prelude to an invasion of their semi-autonomous region, while warning that if Maliki continues to try to centralize power the Kurds may choose overt secession over waiting around for an invasion.
Exxon had initially had an oil deal with the Iraqi central government for the southern Qurna-1 oilfield, but believes the fields along the line of control, where they could deal with the KRG instead of the Iraqi National Oil Company, to be more profitable. As Iraq has often moved against companies that do separate business with the Kurds, Exxon has made no secret of its intention to unload its portion of Qurna-1 onto some other company.
Tags: al-Sweady inquiry, Baha Mousa inquiry, British troops abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Iraq Historic Allegations Team
Louise Thomas gives evidence ahead of judicial review into government’s refusal to hold public inquiry into troop abuse claims
Lawyers say they have received complaints of abuse from more than 1,100 Iraqis.
A former investigator into allegations that British troops abused Iraqi prisoners resigned because she did not want to be implicated in “a cover-up”, the high court has heard.
Louise Thomas, 45, left the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) in July because she thought it was not a genuine investigation but a “face-saving inquiry”, she told the court on Tuesday.
Her evidence came at a preliminary hearing in advance of a judicial review, expected next month, into the government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry into allegations of mistreatment of Iraqis between 2003 and 2008.
Tags: Victims of Depleted Uranium in Iraq
U.S. depleted uranium casts horrific shadow on Iraq’s newborns
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
By AL ARABIYA
American ammunitions may be the reason behind the mounting number of babies born with birth defects in Iraq, a study revealed on Tuesday.
Accounts of children being born with cancer and birth defects have been highlighted in German newspaper Der Spiegel, where Iraqis who were interviewed were not sure of the explanation behind so many dead and deformed newborn babies in the Iraqi city of Basra.
“Some had only one eye in the forehead. Or two heads,” Askar Bin Said, an Iraqi graveyard owner, told the newspaper, describing some of the dead newborn babies that are buried in his cemetery.
“One had a tail like a skinned lamb. Another one looked like a perfectly normal child, but with a monkey’s face. Or the girl whose legs had grown together, half fish, half human,” he added.
The report cites a study published in September in the Germany-based Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology saying there was a “sevenfold increase in the number of birth defects in Basra between 1994 and 2003. Of 1,000 live births, 23 had birth defects,” adding that similar high numbers were reported from the city of Fallujah.
“War pollution — due to everything from heavy metals from exploded ordnance to radiation left behind by depleted uranium used on U.S ammunition and tanks — inhaled by Fallujah’s residents, seeped into the ground water, flowing in the nearby Tigris River, choking the air they breathe,” a report from Global Research said on Tuesday.
Such illnesses found in children include of hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”) cases, spinal cord abnormality and a high concentration of lead in the milk teeth found in sick children.
The Der Spiegel report drew ties between the use of uranium ammunition on the country during years of fighting, adding that Iraq-based cancer specialist Jawad al-Ali noticed a spike in “double and triple cancers.”
“There is a connection between cancer and radiation. Sometimes it takes 10 or 20 years before the consequences manifest themselves,” he told the newspaper.
“It isn’t just that the number of cancer cases suddenly increased. We also had double and triple cancers, that is, patients with tumors on both kidneys and in the stomach. And there were also familial clusters, that is, entire families that were affected,” he added.
Kerkük ile Konya kardeş şehir oldu
18 ARALIK 2012
Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi ile Kerkük arasında kardeş şehir mutabakatı imzalandı. İmza törenine, Dışişleri Bakanı Ahmet Davutoğlu ile Kerkük İl Meclisi Başkanı Hasan Turan başkanlığındaki meclis heyeti katıldı.
Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Meclis Salonu’ndaki imza töreni için gelen Kerkük heyetini, Bakan Davutoğlu ve Konya Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Tahir Akyürek karşıladı. Mehter takımının konserinin ardından Bakan Davutoğlu, heyette bulunanlarla tek tek tokalaştı.
Törende konuşan Dışişleri Bakanı Ahmet Davutoğlu, ezelden beri kardeş olan toplulukların ebediyete kadar da kardeş olarak kalacağını söyledi. Davutoğlu, “Orada Araplar, Kürtler, Türkmenler, Hristiyanlar, Sünniler, Şiiler bir arada yaşıyor. Irak, her şehri, her toprağı, toprağın her parçasıyla kardeşlik kokan bir ülkedir” dedi. Konya ile Kerkük’ü bir gördüklerini vurgulayan Davutoğlu, “Bu kardeşlikle birlikte Konya’nın imkanları, Kerkük’ün imkanlarıdır. Konya’ya yapılacak hizmetle Kerkük’e yapılacak hizmet arasında biz bir fark gözetmeyiz” diye konuştu.
Kerkük ziyaretinden hem büyük mutluluk duyduğunu hem de Kerkük’ün içinde bulunduğu şartlardan dolayı hüzünlendiğini anlatan Davutoğlu, şunları söyledi:
“Hem terör saldırıları vardı, hem de Kerkük’ün imara ihtiyacı var. Kerkük küçük bir Irak gibi. Kerkük Vilayet Meclisi toplandığında da Irak’ın bütün unsurları vardı. İçimde kalbi bir huzur buldum. Onlara da dedim ki Konya ile Kerkük hep zaten kardeştiler, ama formel olarak da kardeş yapacağız ve ebediyete kadar da bu kardeşliği paylaşacağız”
Konya Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Tahir Akyürek de konuşmasında, Konyalıların Kerkük’ten gelenleri her zaman kardeş olarak gördüklerini söyledi.
Kerkük il Meclisi Başkanı Hasan Turan ise, meclislerinin aslında Irak’ı temsil ettiğini belirterek, Kerkük’teki bütün mezheplerin tarih boyunca aralarında hiçbir sorun olmadan kardeşlik içinde yaşadıklarını anlattı. İmza törenine, Kerkük İl Meclisi Üyesi Ali Mehdi de katıldı.