Iraqi Turkmen representatives invited at the 6th European Parliament – Iraq Interparliamentary Meeting (VIDEO)

December 17, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmen representatives were invited at the 6th European Parliament – Iraq Interparliamentary Meeting  – on 3rd December 2015.











photo above: the Chair of the Delegation for relations with IRAQ, Mr. David Campbell Bannerman MEP – Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli, and the President of Human Rights Commission at the Iraqi Parliament and ITF President, Mr. Arshad Salihi.











Introduction by the Chair of the Delegation for relations with IRAQ, Mr. David Campbell Bannerman MEP and by the Chair of the Iraqi Parliamentary Delegation, Mr. Dhafer Salman (see photo above) also on this photo H.E. the Ambassador of Iraq to the Kingdom of Belgium.











The President of Human Rights Commission at the Iraqi Parliament and ITF President Mr. Arshad Salihi

The recording of this event is available on:  our multidevice player.

For Mr. Arshad Salihi’s speech please see at 2:10


Key speakers :

Mr. Elmark Brok, AFET Chair and AFCO Member

Mr. Yousif Mohammad Sadiq, Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Parliament

Mr. John O’Rourke, Head of Division Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq at the European External Action Service

Mr. Struan Stevenson, former Chairman of the EP Delegation for Relations with Iraq.













ITF EU representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli and Mr Ayden Hilmi Aksa, Foreign Relations Advisor Republic of IRAQ Council of Representatives.













Mr. William Spencer, Intl. Institute for Law and Human Rights, Executive Director, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU representative Dr. Hassan Tawfiq Aydinli and the President of Human Rights Commission at the Iraqi Parliament and ITF President Mr. Arshad Salihi


please find the links to the web-streaming recording hereunder:

This event is also available on our multidevice player.





Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative and Mr. Niyazi Mimar Oğlu, Member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives at the European Parliament

October 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Dr. Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative and Mr. Niyazi Mimar Oğlu, Member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives were invited as guest speakers at the Delegation for Relations with Iraq Meeting at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg.
Hereunder the official Minutes of the Meeting:
of the meeting of 10 June 2015, 15.00-17.00
The meeting opened at 15.00 on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, with David Campbell Bannerman (Chair) presiding.
1.         Chair’s announcements
Mr Brian Hayes (EPP – IRELAND), welcomed guest speakers from the Yazidi, Turkmen and Chaldean/Syriac/Assyrian communities in Iraq. He reminded the audience that the EU supports those actors who promote national reconciliation processes in Iraq, including Iraqi institutions promoting the creation of an inclusive Iraqi National Guard. In this regard, he announced that he recently met with the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Mr Al-Jabouri, at a joint AFET-DEVE meeting dedicated to the humanitarian response plan for Iraq. The outcome of this meeting was positive.
2.         Adoption of draft agenda (PE 553.741)
The agenda was adopted.
3.         Adoption of minutes of the Delegation meeting of 29 April 2015 (PE 553.735)
The minutes were adopted.
4.         Exchange of views with the Representatives of the ‘Yazidi Democratic Movement’ in Sinjar, created for the fight against Daesh:
Mr. Said Hassan, a representative of the ‘Yazidi Democratic Movement’, argued that the different peoples living under dictatorships in the MENA region were forced to protest against their respective regimes, a phenomenon commonly known as the Arab Spring. Unfortunately, this phenomenon, he explained, generated a situation in Iraq that threatens the survival of Iraqi minorities. Subsequently, he called upon EU institutions and the UN Security Council to focus on Iraqi minorities under risk of disappearing, particularly the Yazidi community.
In August 2014, DAESH killed thousands of Yazidi men in Sinjar. This massacre, among others, is part of DAESH’ destruction of Iraqi heritage, an action that will result, in his opinion, in a major cultural loss. In this regard, he thanked the Kurdish people for helping the Yazidi community, which, he claimed, might face extinction. In order to avoid such extinction, a constituent assembly has been established to govern the Yazidi community in Mount Sinjar and the surrounding territories. Another governing body has been established outside of Iraq to support Yazidi efforts inside Iraqi territory, he explained.
Then, he argued that the Yazidi community has had to resort to the creation of its own forces, as Iraqi forces do not guarantee their security. In March 2015, the Yazidi community formed its own forces, which now operate in Sinjar. According to him, if they had had more weapons and military backup, they could have hired more people to fight against DAESH. He called upon the international community and the EU to support the Yazidi forces, as it is not acceptable to permit the extinction of ancient minorities such as the Yazidi community.
Mr. Nouri Mirza, a member of the ‘Yazidi Democratic Movement’, thanked the EU for inviting Yazidi representatives to speak about their current situation in Iraq. He argued that the international community is paying little attention to the Yazidi community, which is suffering DAESH’ atrocities, among them the Sinjar massacre. As a board member of the Yazidi Democratic Movement, he stated that the conditions faced by the Yazidi community are severe. He explained how this community has been displaced through Iraq, Syria and Turkey. According to statistics, more than 5.000 Yazidi people have been kidnaped by DAESH; most of them women and children. Also, 11 massive graves have been found containing bodies of Yazidi people, and the holy places of this community have been destroyed by DAESH.
He then provided an example: in August and September 2014, DAESH militants in northern Iraq perpetrated a massacre in the village of Kocho, and abducted women and children. Before said event, there were 344 Yazidi families living in Kocho, that is 1738 Yazidi people. From this amount of people, over 450 were killed by DAESH militants.
He called upon the international community to help Yazidi refugees. He thanked the Iraqi Kurdistan for hosting the Yazidi community, which has been settled in camps. The conditions in these camps are not proper; he argued. Refugees lack access to medical health care, being diseases common. Also, over 10.000 people are hiding in the Sinjar Mountain receiving no help from the international community. They have no water, tents, weapons, nor clothing.
5.         Exchange of views with the representatives of minority communities in Iraq:
Mr David Campbell Bannerman (ECR-UK, Delegation Chair), resumed his role as Chair of the Delegation.
Dr. Hassan Tawfiq Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative, thanked the EU for inviting Iraqi representatives to speak for an EU audience. He focused his contribution on two of the main problems faced by Turkmen in Iraq. Turkmen have been twice internally displaced people: first under Saddam Hussein, and now under DAESH. This has led to the loss of property. Reclaiming this property is difficult. There is a Commission in charge of handling confiscations, properties and related topics. Nevertheless, due to administrative difficulties and the advance of DAESH, it has proven almost impossible for Turkmen to regain their property. The other problem is the following: 300.000 Shia people belonging to the Turkmen community have been forced to leave the community, as DAESH attacks the Shia community. Defending the Shia Turkmen community is causing the death of Turkmen, who receive no help from the Iraqi government nor the Peshmerga.
Mr. Niyazi  Mimar Oglu, a member Iraqi Council of Representatives who has been targeted 28 times, also thanked the EU for inviting Turkmen representatives to discuss the concerns of this community. This community, he explained, is composed of over 2 million people. It faces DAESH, and the differences between the government in Baghdad and that in the Kurdish region. Many people have been killed, and many others have been forced to flee. Others have been kidnapped.
The Turkmen believe in diplomacy, in formal negotiations, he argued. However, given the circumstances, the Turkmen have been forced to fight. The international community has ignored the difficulties faced by this community, he emphasised. Also, the rights of this community have been violated, and their territory -under the umbrella of the central government-, reduced.
He sought to obtain international support for the Turkmen community, and explained the need for stronger military action against DAESH. Also, he stated that, from the entire EU funding to Iraq, the Turkmen did not receive an euro.
Mr. David Campbell Bannerman (ECR-UK, Delegation Chair) thanked the Turkmen guests for travelling to EU and for their contributions. 
with Mr. Brian HAYES, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Ireland.
Member of the European People’s Party.
He then gave the floor to Assyrian representatives.
Mr. Sharbil Hanna Matty, General of the Assyrian “Nineveh Plain Forces”, thanked the EU for the invitation to participate in the meeting. He referred to the Assyrian people as a Christian nation looking for co-existence in Iraq, partnership and equal rights. He thanked the Kurdistan region for hosting all types of refugees, and urged the EU to support the Kurdish government and to implement all the measures promised by the EU. They have received no military support. The Peshmerga is currently training Christian Assyrian forces, yet this is not enough. They need weapons; vehicles and clothing.
Furthermore, he stated that the Assyrian community seeks to become an independent administration within the Kurdistan region. Also, he expressed his support to other minorities and the willingness of the Assyrian community to work with other communities towards a common project, that is, a unified and democratic Iraq. In order to achieve this project, he explained, the support of the European Union is needed. The EU needs to be involved in the negotiations so that minorities are conceived of as equal partners, and so that displaced people feel like returning to their homes.
MPE Mr. Gérard Deprez (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Belgium) welcome the willingness of the different minorities to work together towards an end of the conflict. He then requested a clarification on whether these minorities are seeking any sort of political or territorial autonomy. Also, he noted that, despite the fact that all minorities feel part of Iraq, all the representatives thanked the Peshmerga or the Kurdistan region rather than the Iraqi forces or the central government. He asked what the Iraqi government could do for these minorities; and whether the Iraqi government can guarantee their security.
MPE Mr. Afzal Khan (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, United Kingdom) asked the representatives of these minorities about the emergence of DAESH.  Other MPE enquired about the deplorable situation in Kurdistan, and, in line to Mr. Khan’s question, asked about the emergence and success of DAESH, which is seen as a protector of the Sunni people.
The representatives argued that their demand for autonomy was not new, but a demand that was formulated in 2004 following the fall of the Saddam regime. This autonomy is supported by the Iraqi constitution, they explained, and does not imply the division of Iraq, but the creation of autonomies within Iraq. The representatives of these minorities argued that minorities look forward to have their own administrations and to achieve equality, and that they support each other in their aspirations. They also asserted that, when it comes to autonomy, all the difficulties faced by the different communities in Iraq are rooted in the creation of Iraq following World War I. They argued that if one part of Iraq is allowed to have its own autonomy, so do other parts.
Furthermore, they argued that the Iraqi government does not have the capacity to rule the country, and that minorities do not receive help from the central government. These minorities are settled between DAESH and the Kurdish region. Consequently, following the fall of the Saddam regime, the Kurdish region became the ally of these minorities, who ask for equal access to help.
In regard to the emergence of DAESH, they argued that it is an organisation that rose in a space where it could expand itself. Also, there is a theory that DAESH has been created in order to design a new Middle East map. Anyway, they argued, the different parties in Iraq were not able to coordinate themselves, particularly with the Iraqi government, making it difficult to act cohesively against DAESH. Moreover, they underlined that people joining DAESH do so because they have not been able to find a place within their respective countries, from Saddam’s former military heads in Iraq to European militants joining the ranks of DAESH.
Finally, the called upon the EU to support internally displaced people as well as the reconstruction of Iraq. They called for resolutions to be implemented. They argued that people is losing hope in the international community.
A representative from the Iraqi Embassy argued that Iraq is a democratic country, since all minorities do have representatives in the central government. He argued that these representatives should express their concerns to their elected members of parliament. Iraq has financial issues, and this has to be taken into consideration.
6.         Any other business
7.         Date and place of next meeting
The meeting closed at 17.00.
The following MEPS attended the meeting:
David Campbell Bannerman, Brian Hayes, Javier Couso Permuy, Joëlle Bergeron, Gérard Deprez, Ana Gomes, Michel Reimon, Afzal Khan, Branislav Škripek, György Hölvényi, Bas Belder

Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative’s comment re: U.S. draft bill to arm Kurdish peshmergas and Sunni militias

May 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Very pertinent comment by Dr HASSAN AYDINLI, ITF EU Representative, regarding the U.S. draft bill to arm exclusively the Kurdish peshmerga militias and the Sunni militias in Iraq  :

The US Administration must know once and for all,  that the geography of IRAQ as country and the unity of its people composed of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Chaldeans,Yezidis, Shabaks, Saabi and Mandeans ARE NOT FOR SALE in front of their Congress!

The US Congress Armed Services Committee’s proposed bill to allocate 720 million dollars aid to Iraq with outrageous conditions is an insult to the dignity of the Iraqi People.

The Iraqi people’s message to the US Administration is a clear cut message : U.S., keep your proposed 720 million dollars so-called ‘aid’,  but start paying your OVERDUE WAR DAMAGE BILL TO IRAQ (since 20th March 2003) which amounts to at least ONE TRILLION US DOLLARS.”

Hassan Tawfiq Aydinli.

NEW YORK – The United Nations has expressed concern that a $612 billion defense bill now before the US Congress will further militarizing the situation in Iraq by arming “non-state” groups, namely the Sunni Arabs and Kurds.
The draft bill, which was approved 60-2 in the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, calls for at least 25 percent of the total US aid to Iraqi forces be allocated to the Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni tribal militias and a force to be formed called the Iraqi Sunni National Guard. The bill is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives the week of May 12.

Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative and Merry Fitzgerald were invited to the launch of the Report “Between the Millstones: The State of Iraq’s Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul

March 1, 2015 at 2:54 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative and Merry Fitzgerald, President of Europe-Turkmen Friendships, were invited to attend the launch of

  “Between the Millstones: Iraq’s Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul”

A report of a consortium of NGOs  

on Friday 27th February 2015, at International Press Center- Residential Palace in Brussels.


Note: Under ‘TURKMEN’ on pages 8-9 of the report ( 1st Edition 2015) it is stated that : “Iraq’s Turkmen community has strong support from Turkmen diaspora organizations such as the EUROPE-TURKMEN FRIENDSHIPS ORGANIZATION and other groups”.

ITF EU representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli, and Merry Fitzgerald attended the launch of the Report, they intervened during ‘Questions and Answers’, Dr. Aydinli spoke at length with Mr. William Spencer of Institute for International Law and Human Rights and with Mr. Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of UNPO. Ms Merry Fitzgerald spoke with Ms Johanna Green, Project Manager of UNPO.

Brussels, 27th February 2015.

Since June 2014, the rapid spread of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) forces across northern Iraq has triggered a wave of displacement, with more than 2 million people uprooted.  Ethnic and religious minorities have been particularly targeted, including Turkmens, Christians, Yezidis, Kaka’is, and Shabaks, with thousands killed and many more injured or abducted.
Alison Smith, NPWJ; Johanna Green, UNPO; Mays Al-Juboori, MRG; William Spencer, HLHR
William Spencer, Institute for International Law and Human Rights and
Dr Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) EU Representative
Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of  UNPO and
Dr Hassan Aydinli, Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative.

Minority communities in Iraq have been targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in a systematic strategy to remove them permanently from large areas of Iraq, warns a group of human rights organizations in their new report. “Between the Millstones: Iraq’s Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul” provides critical information on the legal basis for war crimes prosecutions.

According to the report, the Iraqi government lacks a legal framework to address the rights and entitlements of the displaced people, it should clarify its role and responsibilities. The Iraqi government and the Kurdish Regional Government should investigate and prosecute corruption in the delivery and acquisition of humanitarian aid and make sure that humanitarian aid is fairly divided among the displaced people. The Iraqi government should provide urgent assistance to the humanitarian effort and resettle minorities who have been displaced. Summary executions, forced conversion, rape, sexual enslavement, the destruction of places of worship, the abduction of children, the looting of property and other severe human rights abuses and crimes under international law have been committed repeatedly by ISIS.  While minorities have long been vulnerable to attacks by extremists, this violence appears to be part of a systematic strategy to remove these communities permanently from areas where they have lived for centuries.
For these groups to have a future in the country, Iraqi and Kurdish authorities, the international community and other stakeholders must work together not only to ensure their immediate security, but also take steps through comprehensive legal and social reform to bring an end to their long-standing marginalization and prevent further abuses. All IDPs are suffering especially minority women.
Regarding the TURKMENS, the report states that prior to June 2014, Turkmens were intimidated by Kurdish and Central government authorities, as well as by extra-judicial militias, on religious and ethnic grounds as well as for the presence in the ‘disputed territories’. More recently, Shi’a Turkmens have been summarily executed by ISIS fighters.
The reports also states that Iraq’s Turkmen community has strong support from Turkmen diaspora organizations such as the Europe-Turkmen Friendships and other groups.
Concerning TURKMEN SITES, the report says: As ISIS forces swept through Tal Afar and the surrounding areas in June and July 2014, numerous Turkmen mosques, shrines and religious and cultural sites were destroyed or desecrated, including Shi’a mosques in the villages of hardaghli, Brauchli and Qaranaz, all of which until recently had a large Turkmen population.  ISIS forces also destroyed the shrine of Arnaour and the Shi’a mosques of Husseiniyh al-Qubba, Husseiniyh Jawad, Husseiniyh Kaddo, Husseiniyh Muslim Bin-Aqeel and Husseiniyh Askar-Mullah in Tal Afar. The largest and oldest library in the Tal Afar district was also blown up – a huge blow to the Turkmen population. Another library in the Diyala governorate, with some 1,500 Islamic historical texts and stories, was reportedly burnt to the ground by ISIS forces. In Mosul the tomb of Ibn al-Athir was destroyed, and the shrine of Imam al-Abbas in al-Qubba village and three Shi’a mosquess were set ablaze by ISIS militants in the village of Al-Sharikhan. ISIS forces reportedly used bulldozers in the Turkmen town of al-Mahlabia to destroy the shrines of Sheikh Ibrahim and the shrine and tomb of the Sufi Sheikh Ahmed Rifa’i. Shi’a mosques and other sites of religious significance were reportedly set on fire by ISIS forces in the Turkmen towns of Qubba and Qubbek, in Tal Afar district. Several important Sunni shrines were also reportedly destroyed in Mosul and Kirkuk, including the shrine of Sufi Salih, in addition to some Kaka’i shrines. Two Shi’a shrines in Sinjar – Sayida Zainab and Saiyed Zakariya – were also destroyed, as well as the Shi’a holy shrine of Imam Ridha in Tiskhrab village. In the Tukmen village of Chardaghli, a Sunni mosque was destroyed along with three Shi’a mosques.
In the Turkmen village of Staeh, Sunni and Shi’a mosques as well as Yezidi religious shrines were destroyed. The report also mentions the Denial of Entry issue that minority communities have experienced from certain areas of Iraq, particularly by Kurdish forces. The KRG has been criticized by numerous human rights activists for applying discriminatory rules based on ethnicity and religion, with Assyrians, Kurds and Yezidis typically being permitted to enter the Iraqi Kurdish region, while Iraqi Turkme and Shi’a and Sunni Arabs have been denied access.
Regarding Employment and Education, the report states that though children have the right to be educate in their mother tongue under the Iraqi Constitution of 2005, this has not been respected.In the Iraqi Kurdish Region minority groups are pressured to be educated in Kurdish and fincancial incentives are used to promote the language. Provision of education in the children’s native tongue is also under-resourced in Iraq: many Turkmen communities, for example, have struggled to access education in their own language.  On the Sexual and gender-base violence, the report says:There have been numerous reports of sexual abuse, rape, abductions, enslavement and other violations of a sexual nature perpetrated by ISIS militants on women and children across Iraq.In many cases, sexual violence has been used as a tool of terror and coercion. In one incident on 12-13 June 2014, ISIS forces reportedly raped and killed at least nine women and girls as young as 12 years old in the Turkmen town of BESHIR. The bodies of the women were then stripped naked and hung from lamp posts and water tanks around the town.
The report also says that some Turkmen and Yezidi children left by ISIS forces in an orphanage in Mosul showed signs of being physically and sexually assaulted. While Yezidi women have been especially targeted, at least several hundred Shi’a women, mostly Turkmen, have also been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery by ISIS, as well as Christian women.
Finally the report makes several recommendations to the Federal Government of Iraq, to the Kurdish Regional Government and to the International Community, to prevent further abuses and for the Restoration and Reconciliation.

ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi, Dr Hassan Aydınlı, Irak Türkmenlerine yapılan İnsan Hakları ve mülkiyet hakkı ihlallerinin Avrupa Parlamentosunda tartışmasını ve durumun Türkmenler lehine düzeltilmesi yönünde Irak Hükümetine baskı yapılması için girişimlerde bulunmuştur.

December 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi, Dr Hassan Aydınlı, Irak Türkmenlerine yapılan İnsan Hakları ve mülkiyet hakkı ihlallerinin Avrupa Parlamentosunda tartışmasını ve durumun Türkmenler lehine düzeltilmesi yönünde Irak Hükümetine baskı yapılması için girişimlerde bulunmuştur.


Barbara Lochbihler, AP’nun Insan Hakları Komitesi Başkanı
 Struan Stevenson, AP’nun Irak ile İlişkiler Delegasyon Başkanı
Marino Busdachin, UNPO Genel Sekreteri.

Dr Hassan Aydinli ve Barbara Lochbihler hanımefendi AP’nun Insan Hakları Komitesi Başkanı

sağdan sola :Metin Kazak AP’nun İnsan Hakları Komitesi Başkan Yardımcısı
Dr Hassan Aydınlı ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi
Tunne Kelam AP’nun Dişişleri Komisyon üyesi

ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi, Dr Hassan Aydınlı,
Irak Türkmenlerine yapılan İnsan Hakları ve mülkiyet hakkı ihlallerinin Avrupa Parlamentosunda tartışmasını ve durumun Türkmenler lehine düzeltilmesi yönünde Irak Hükümetine baskı yapılması için girişimlerde bulunmuştur.
Belçika Brüksel’de konuşlanmış Türkmen Cephesi  Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi olarak, 2003 ten beri Irak Türkmenlerinin sorunlarının Avrupa Birliği ülkeleri delegasyonlarınca daha iyi anlaşılması için gerekli kulis faaliyetleri, konferanslar ve müzakereler düzenlemekteyiz. Birleşmiş Milletlerin İnsan Hakları Komisyonu gibi ilgili birimlerinin de bu faaliyetlerimize katkıda bulunmalarını sağlamaktayız.
Gerektiğinde; Belçika Dışişleri Bakanlığı, ve Avrupa Birliği Parlamentosu başkanı, Dışişleri komisyonu Başkanı ve üyeleri, Dışişleri komisyonu İnsan Hakları Alt Komitesi Başkanı ve üyeleri,  ve Irak ile İlişkiler Delegasyonu Başkanı ve üyeleri ile doğrudan görüşmeler yaparak Irak Türkmenlerine yapılan haksızlıkları ve mezalimi anlatmaktayız.
Ayrıca; UNPO (Temsil edilmeyen Uluslar ve İnsanlar Organizasyonu), HRWF (Sınırsız İnsan Hakları organizasyonu) IILHR (Uluslararası kanun ve İnsan Hakları), MRGI (Uluslararası Azınlık Grupların Hakları), ve DÜTAP(Dünya Türkleri Avrupa Platformu gibi kurulumlarla da yakın ilişkilerde bulunarak destek ve katkılarını sağlamaktayız.
Irak Türkmenlerinin karşılaşmakta oldukları zorluklar ve yapılan insan hakları ihlalleri Avrupa Parlamentosu Dışişleri ve İnsan Hakları komisyonu ile değişik tarihlerde yaptığımız toplantılar ve yazışmalarda ayrıntılı olarak görüşülmüştü.
Aynı sorunlar UNPO Genel Sekreteri Marino Busdachin, ve UNPO Brüksel Ofis müdürü Maud Vanwalleghem ile de görüşüldükten sonra UNPO Genel Sekreteri Marino Busdachin’nin Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun Dışişleri Komisyonu İnsan Hakları Alt Komitesi tarafından 27 Kasım 2013 özel oturumunda bir Uzman Konuşması yapmak üzere davet edilmesi kararlaştırılmıştı.
Marino Busdachin daha önce İngilizcesini sizlere gönderdiğim şimdi de Türkçe tercümesini aşağıda sunduğum, ve tamamı bizim kendisine önceden verdiğimiz bilgileri içeren, uzman konuşmasını yapmıştır.
Ayrıca; toplantı sırasında katılımcılara dağıtılan, ve tamamı taframızdan sağlanan bilgileri içeren,  “The Turkmen Reality in Iraq” başlıklı sunum (bilgilendirme) notunun Türkçe tercümesini de kısa zamanda size göndereceğimi bildirmek isterim.
ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilciliği
Brüksel – Belçika
Avrupa Parlamentosu Duyumunda ki Irak Türkmenleri Hakkında UNPO Uzman Konuşması
UNPO Genel Sekreteri, Bay Marino Busdachin, Avrupa Parlamentosu’nda Irakta ki mevcut etnik ve dinsel azınlıklar hakkında özellikle Irak Türkmenlerine odaklı bir konuşma sunmak için davet edilmiştir. Bu duyum İnsan Hakları Alt Komitesi ve Irak ile İlişkiler Delegasyonu tarafından düzenleşmiştir.
Bay Busdachin’in kousmasi:
Hanım ve Beyefındiler
Öncelikle ve içtenlikle, UNPO’yu Irak’ta insan hakları ve azınlıkların durumunun çözümlenmesi hakkında güncel bilgilendirme amacıyla tekrar davet ettikleri için, Avrupa Parlamentosu İnsan Hakları Alt Komitesi ve Irak ile İlişkiler Delegasyonu’na teşekkür etmek isterim.
Hali hazırda ki durumlarının gerçekten tehlike arz etmesi ve hedeflenmiş/tahsisli bir yardıma ihtiyaç duyulması nedeniyle Irak Türkmenlerinin durumlarına özellikle vurgu yapmam istendi.
Irak Türkmenleri, 3 milyonluk nüfuslarıyla, Irak’ta ki üçüncü büyük toplumu oluşturmaktadırlar. Bilhassa Irak’ın kuzeyinde ve Otonom Kürt Bölgesinde toplanmışlardır. Irak Türkmenlerinin birlikte yerleşik en büyük grubu, başkentleri olarak kabullendikleri sözde “tartışmalı bölge” ki, Kerkük şehri ve vilayetinde yaşamaktadırlar. Bağdad’ta ki Irak merkezi yönetimi ve Erbil’de ki Bölgesel Kürt Yönetimi (KRG) arasında sıkça çekişmelere neden olan ülkenin petrol ve doğal gaz zenginliklerine sahip tartışmalı bölgesi, Kerkük.
Irak Türkmenleri, tehlike altında ki diğer etnik ve dinsel gruplarla birlikte, yaşamlarını, kültürel geleneklerini ve mülklerini hedefleyen orantısız riskle sürekli olarak karşılaşmaktadırlar. Kararsız politik ve güvenlik durumu, köken, etnik, dinsel veya cinsiyete hedeflenmiş şiddet olayları, fiili ayırımcılık, ve her kademede ki yönetim ve kurumsal destek ve korunmanın yokluğu birçok azınlık grupların Irak’ı terk etmelerine sebep olmuştur. Bu bir etnik temizlik midir?
2005 Irak Anayasası; azınlıkların korunması, ülkenin çok uluslu birimlerinin tanınması, özellikle ayrımcılık karşıtı ve kültürel hakların verilmesi bakımından yeterli bir çerçeve uygulama sağlamıştır. Ancak, Irak bu hakların etkin olarak uygulanması için gereken kanunlardan ve altyapıdan yoksundur.
Süregelen güvensizlikle; Irak Türkmenleri, yeni anayasa yürürlüğe girdikten sonra dahi, korkunç boyutta işkence uygulanan ve canlı yakılan öğretmenler, teröristlerce katledilmiş bir cenazenin yas çadırını hedefleyen terörist saldırısı, intihar bombalamalar ve insan kaçırmalar, ve daha başka birçok korku saçan olaylar ne yazık ki Türkmenler için olağan hale gelmiştir.
Kasım 2013 başında Kerkük’te birkaç kişinin yaralanmasına neden olan en az 4 patlama oldu. 8 kasım 2013te, Türkmen şair Jasim Muhemed Ferej Tuzlu kaçırıldıktan 24 saat sonra ölü olarak bulundu. 17 Kasım 2013te, Tuz-Hurmatu’da geride 21 ölü ve 40 yaralı bırakan 3 intihar bombacısı ve yol kenarına yerleştirilmiş 12 baba patlatıldı. Geçen Pazar günü, 24 Kasım 2013te, Telafer’de ki bir polis kontrol noktasında bomba yüklü otomobil patlatıldığında 3 kişi öldü ve 20 kişi yaralandı. Aynı gün, gene Tuz-Hurmatu yöresinde ki bir camiye yapılan intihar saldırısında 12 kişi öldü ve 75 ten fazla insan yaralandı. .
Irak Türkmen nüfusunu sadece fiziksel güvenlik değil bir çok durumda topraklarını terk etmeye zorlayan ekonomik güvensizlik de endişelendirmektedir. Arazi müsaderesi (el konulması) Ba’as rejiminin asimilasyon politikalarının en önemli özelliklerinden biri idi. Kerkük bölgesinde el konulan % 80ni Türkmen mülkü olan arsaların toplam yüz ölçümü 357 milyon metrekareyi bulmaktadır. Gasp edilen toprakların iadesine cevaz veren yasal düzenlemelere rağmen çok az sayıda Türkmen gasp edilen arazilerine kavuşmuş ve birkaçı da tazminat almışlardır
Hali hazırda, Kerkük Emlak Başvuru Komisyonuna yapılmış 41 bin şikayet/talep kayıtlıdır. Bunlardan sadece %7.7si karara bağlanmıştır. Beşir köyünde ki benzeri bir durumda, Türkmen aileleri topraklarına el konup tehcir edilerek mağdur durumda bırakılmışlardır. Şikayet/talepleri diğerleri ile birlikte 2005 yılında Emlak Başvuru komisyonunca işleme konmuşsa da Irak otoritelerince henüz cevaplandırılmamıştır.
Kasım 2013te, Kerkük İl idaresi, emniyet güçleri ile birlikte, tarım alanlarının büyük bir kısmının lağım projesi için ellerinden alınmasını protesto edenTurkalan köylülerinin protestolarını orantısız güç kullanarak şiddetle bastırmışlardır. Irak devleti yasal olmaksızın 332 dönüm arazili köyü, projenin durdurulması için  mahkeme kararı alan köy halkının itirazına rağmen, gasp etmiştir. Bu durumun devamı olarak 5 genç köylü tutuklandılar. Protesto sırasında ki olayları desteklemek için boykot teşebbüsü edildiğinde Özel Kuvvetler; televizyon kameralarına, mobil telefonlara ve olayların kayıtlarına el koymuşlardır.
2011 yılında, Avrupa Parlamentosu da Irak Türkmenleri üzerine düzenlenen daha önce ki DROI duyumunda, UNPO Türkmenlerin güvensizliğini giderecek herhangi bir düzenlemenin bulunmadığını söylenmişti. Ben iki yıl önce söylediklerimi şimdi yinelemekten dolayı derin bir hayal kırıklığındayım. Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun Türkmenlere karşı artan şiddet hareketlerinden derin endişelerini belirten ve Irak yetkililerini güvenlik ve savaş terörizmini gidermeye davet eden 14 Mart 2013 ve 10 Ekim 2013 çözünürlük bildirgelerine rağmen, durum Irak Türkmenleri için iyi olacak şekilde asla değişmemiştir.
Önemle not edelim ki 11 Mayıs 2012de imzalanAvrupa Birliği – Irak Ortaklık ve İşbirliği ticari olanaklarla birlikte yasal işbirliğine temel teşkil etmektedir. Bayan Catherine Ashton’un, Irak’ta ki saldırıları kınayan ve bütün politik güçleri her türlü şiddete karşı ortak cephe almalarını teşvik eden, 18 Haziran 2013te ki beyanına rağmen durum aynen devam etmektedir. Aynı beyanda Bayan Ashton Enerji Merkezi kurulması için Irak’a 4 milyon Euro verilmesi için bir sözleşmenin de imzalandığından söz eder. Bu sözleşme neden Irak devletine Anayasal şartlar ve uluslar arası antlaşmalar uygulanmasında yardımcı olacak “ihtiyaç duyulan” yasal işbirliğini bilhassa dikkate almamaktadır?
Bu hafta Birleşmiş Milletler Güvenlik Konseyişiddet sorumlularının yargı önüne getirilmelerini vurgulayan ve Devletleri suçluların hesap vermesi için Irak otoriteleri ile işbirliği yapmaya davet edenbir bildirge yayınladı. Bu, bu ihtilafı sona erdirmek için atılmış davetkar bir adımdır, fakat açıktır ki çok daha fazlasını yapmak gerekir. Kanımca bu, karışık etnik-dinsel toplumların bulunduğu bir ülkenin felaketinin reçetesidir. Irak’ta ki Türkmenler ve diğer etnik azınlıklar için yegane barışçıl çözüm; etnik ve dinsel hakları güven altına alacak ve ayırımcılığa müeyyide uygulayacak demokratik bir sistemdir.
Irak’ı orta doğuda yegane ülke yapan çok eskilere dayanan (kadim) hoşgörü, tolerans ve birliktelik henüz tamamen kaybolmamıştır, ama temin etmek için uluslar arası sorumlulukların ve tedbirlerin alınması gerekmektedir.
Bundan sonra yorum yapmak isteyen katılımcı konuşmacılara zaman verildi.
Bay Metin KazakMEP, EEAS için sorular hazırladı, ancak oturumda ki zaman darlığından dolayı yazılı olarak cevaplandırılacaklardır. Bununla beraber kendisi böylece; kaçırma ve işkence mağduru olarak “en müsait ve en kötü durumda” ki Irak’ın Türkmen azınlığına yardımın önemini vurgulama şansını elde etti.

Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative attended the Delegation for relations with Iraq Meeting at the EU Parliament

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European Parliament Brussels – 29th May 2012

Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative; MEP Ana Gomez; Ambassador Lahebib Adami, Head of the Liaison Office of the League of Arab States in Brussels; Representative of the League of Arab States in Belgium.
MEP Struan Stevenson, Chair of Delegation for Relations with Iraq; Ambassador Lahebib Adami, Head of the Liaison office of the League of Arab States in Brussels and H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Al-Humaimidi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Belgium.
MEPs who attended the meeting: Ms Ana Gomez and Ms Alexandra Thein
Several Iraqi Embassy staff also attended the meeting

Iraqi Parliamentarians representing ‘Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities’ at the EU Parliament in Brussels

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Iraqi Parliamentarians, representing the Shabak, Yezidi, Chaldeo-Assyrian, Mandean-Sabean minorities with MEP Struan Stevenson, Chairman Iraq Delegation, and other Members of the EU Parliament

Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli with MEP Tunne Kelam, Group of the European People’s Party

ITF EU Representative Dr Hassan Aydinli with MEP Alexandra Thein, Group of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe

BRUSSELS, 5th October 2011

Iraqi Parliamentarians representing ‘Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities’ at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Fourteen Iraqi Parliamentarians representing the Chaldeo-Assyrian, Shabak, Yezidi and Mandaean-Sabean communities met with the EU Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq on 5th October 2011.

The Iraqi delegation was composed of:

Mr Younadam KENNA
Miss Ameena SAID
Miss Vian DAKHIL 
Mr Hussain NERMO
Miss Basma PITRUS
Mr Luis GARO
Mr Khalid ROOMI 
Mr Kaliss EISHO
Mr Imad YAKO
Mr Mohammed JAMSHEED

The meeting was chaired by MEP Struan Stevenson, President of the Iraq Delegation.

MEP Esther De Lange, Vice-President of the Iraq Delegation, and MEPs Ana Gomes, Tunne Kelam, Alexandra Thein and Jelko Kacin attended the meeting.

MEP Struan Stevenson informed the assembly that the Minorities Caucus in the Iraqi Council of Representatives was formed in July 2010 and that its aim is to develop a concrete plan of potential legislative action that stands to include reform of Iraq’s personal status law, local administration legislation, an anti-discrimination law and reform of Iraq’s educational curriculum.

The meeting has been organized with the help of :

– the Iraqi Council of Representatives,

– the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iraq,

– the Institute for International Law and Human Rights,

– the U.S. Institute of Peace

With the support of :
UNPO (the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) and
No Peace Without Justice.

The Chairman Mr. Struan Stevenson started the meeting by saying that in the European Union we are all minorities, even Germany with its 82 million people is a ‘minority’,  and that we Europeans have learned to work together. He added that over 23% of the population of Iraq is non-Arab and that these non-Arab communities are victims of discrimination and assimilation and that their survival in Iraq is threatened.

Mr. Struan Stevenson informed the delegation that in November a big conference on Christian minorities would be held in the Lebanon.

Ms. Esther De Lange MEP, welcomed the 14-member delegation, saying that it is the first minority delegation from Iraq to be invited at the European Parliament.  She added that the delegation would also meet with the EU Commission.  Ms. De Lange said that the EU Parliament would like to have concrete examples of the delegation’s demands.

Mr. Younadam Kenna,  Member Iraqi Council of Representatives, representing the Chaldeo-Assyrian community,  was the first to take the floor, he spoke in the name of the delegation, informing the assembly of the main problems the minorities are facing in Iraq, namely regarding the unfair distribution of budget funds, the executive law system which is still the one which was used under Saddam Hussein, the pernicious law for women in the Kurdistan region where honour killings still take place, law of oil and gas repartition, religious prejudice,  lack of education in the language of the minorities in the Mosul region,  the
problem of the return of refugees belonging to the minorities, etc. He asked the help and the support of the European Union to help resolve all these problems.

Other members of the Iraqi delegation spoke about their communities’ continued suffering due to forced displacement, land confiscation, wars, lack of justice, lack of security, bureaucracy, unfair repartition of funds for the minority communities.

Miss Vian Dakhil, Member Iraqi Council of Representatives, representing the Yezidi community, spoke in the name of all
women belonging to minorities in Iraq. She called for the support and help of the European Parliament for these women.

Mr. Mohammed Jamsheed, Member Iraqi Council of Representatives, representing the Shabak community, recommended that the EU pay special attention to the Province of Ninewah because this is where 90% of the problems of the minorities are concentrated.

Mr. Kaliss Eisho, Member Iraqi Council of Representatives, representing the Chaldeo-Assyrian community, asked
for an autonomous region for the Chaldeo-Assyrians in the Ninewah Plains.

Mr. Amin Farhan, Member Iraqi Council of Representatives, President of the Eyzidin Movement for Reform and Progress and its parliamentary faction,  spoke with force and conviction about the need for the Committee for the Revision of the Constitution in Iraq to include at least one member of each community. He said that there is no democracy in Iraq, that minorities are threatened and that they should have the means to protect themselves. Mr. Amin Farhan said that he had asked Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to reinstate the old Yezidi army and police officers and that Maliki had agreed for the return of 332 of them, but that the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi army in Baghdad, a Kurd, had refused to reinstate them.  He said that although he is a Member of the Iraqi Parliament, the Kurdish Regional Authorities do not allow him to visit his family in his home town Shikhan in the north of Iraq. Mr. Farhan spoke of the lack of freedom of expression in the Kurdish Region for Yezidis, informing the assembly that the Kurds are refusing them to distribute a Yezidi newspaper in their region.

All the members of the Iraqi delegation asked for help and moral support from the European Union, saying that they hoped the EU Parliament would make a statement on Iraq’s minorities.  They also expressed the hope that Members of the EU Parliament would visit the Iraqi Parliament frequently and that additional EU consulates would be opened in Iraq’s main northern cities.

Iraqi Turkmen Front  EU representative, Dr. Hassan Aydinli, attended the conference. He met individually with the members of the Iraqi Parliament, questioning them about the situation of their respective communities in Iraq and he encouraged them to express themselves freely and without fear.

Dr. Aydinli met with Mr. Struan Stevenson, Chairman of the Iraq Delegation and with MEPs Tunne Kelam and Alexandra Thein,  he informed them about the upcoming Turkmen Hearing by the subcommittee on Human Rights at the EU Parliament on 5th December 2011,  he also updated them about the continued targeting of Turkmen intellectuals, businessmen and political leaders in the north of Iraq and about the failure and unwillingness of the Iraqi authorities and local authorities to provide adequate protection for the Turkmen community in the north of Iraq.

ITF EU Representative Dr. Hasan Aydinli attended the Conference “The City of Kashgar” at the EU Parliament

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The City of Kashgar

An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction

Conference at the EU Parliament

on 27th January 2011

Organised by the Office of Frieda Brepoels MEP

In collaboration with

UNPO & Belgian Uyghur Association

 Dr. Hassan Aydinli (Iraqi Turkmen Front EU Representative) and Merry Fitzgerald (Europe-Turkmen Friendships) attended the conference

In this photo:  Mr. Marino Busdachin, Ms. Frieda Brepoels MEP, Mr. Andrew Swan (UNPO), Mrs. Rebiya Kadeer and Mr. Mehmet Tohti.

What was not achieved by Genghis Khan is being done in the so-called name of progress.” This is the view of Rebiya Kadeer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and President of the World Uyghur Congress, on the steady and unrelenting destruction of the historic Silk Road city of Kashgar.

Without meaningful public consultation and omitted from applications to UNESCO’s World Heritage listing, Kashgar’s unique urban fabric is being lost day by day, month by month as the resul of the Chinese Communist Party politics. Cities have embraced the twenty-first century without losing their identity – but Kashgar is losing its identity as Beijing’s central policy seeks to transform the city into a touristic theme park.

Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of the UNPO, places Kashgar in a regional context in which “any culture which is not state-sanctioned is endangered – Lhasa has been destroyed, Beijing’s Gulou district will become, without irony, the Beijing Time Cultural City – cultural genocide is real and it is happening now.”

Abdymutalip Imerov, President of the Belgian Uyghur Association, stressed that Kashgar represented a “jewel of Uyghur culture, not only for the Uyghurs of China but for all the Uyghurs of the world.”

After the opening remarks by Frieda Brepoels MEP (Greens/EFA), Marino Busdachin, General Secretary (UNPO) and Rebiya Kadeer, President (World Uyghur Congress) presentations were made by: Haiyun Ma (Laogai Research Foundation), Mehmet Tohti (World Uyghur Congress), Henryk Szadziewski (Uyghur Human Rights Project), Ulrich Delius (Society for Threatened Peoples), Vincent Metten (International Campaign for Tibet) and Suzanne van Haeverbeeck (former World Heritage Expert).

The participants stressed the importance of preserving the Turkic/Uyghur identity of the city of Kashgar which is over 2000 years old. The city which is situated in the north-west of China is threatened with destruction. In the coming five years about 200,000 people are to be re-housed in so-called earthquake-proof apartment buildings. The project which began on 27th February 2009, involves the destruction of 85 pervent of the basic fabric, which is centuries old. Kashgar has the reputation of being the most important Islamic town in central Asia in terms of cultural history.  Only 15 percent of the old houses are to be retained in the framework of an open-air museum to present to the 1.5 million tourists – from home and abroad – the old Islamic culture.

Henryk Szadziewski reminded us that Kashgar is the city of Mahmud Kashgari who wrote the first comprehensive dictionary of Turkic languages, the Dīwānu l-Luġat al-Turk (Arabic: “Compendium of the languages of the Turks”) in 1072 which  was intended for use by the Caliphs of Baghdad. author of the first comprehensive dictionary in 10th century. He also said that Kashgari’s Madrasa was destroyed in June 2009.

According to Ulrich Delius, the people affected (Uyghurs) have not been properly brought into the process of planning the project. They complain that they are not given adequate information on the forthcoming resettlement. By the middle of June 2009 some 5 percent of the Old Town, including several districts and streets had been destroyed.

In the past Kashgar has been the capital of many Uyghur kingdoms, therefore, destroying Kashgar is not only the destruction of a city but it is the destruction of the identity of the Uyghurs. The Han Chinese want to assimilate the Uyghurs, they are moving in massively in order to change the ethnic composition of the city. The destruction of the Old Town of Kashgar is a massive attempt of the Chinese authorities to secure their control over the Uyghurs at any price. But for Kashgar and the Uyghurs it is a catastrophe. The existing tensions between the Uyghurs and the Chinese administration and between different ethnic groups will be aggravated even further.

The Society for Threatened Peoples made several recommendations: that the Chinese authorities immediately stop the resettlement and the destruction of the Old Town of Kashgar, that the Old Town of Kashgar be placed under the protection of the World Cultural Heritage of the United Nations, that the immigration and settlement of Han Chinese be prevented in new estates in Kashgar and in the whole autonomous region of Xinjiang.

ITF EU representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli spoke  to the organiser of the conference, MEP Frieda Brepoels, about the city of KERKUK, the Turkmens’ cultural capital  in Iraq, saying that KERKUK, as KASHGAR, deserves to receive the attention of  international organisations such as  UNESCO, the Society for Threatened Peoples, etc. He informed her that under the arabization policy of the former regime several important Turkmen monuments and traditional Turkish houses in Kerkuk had been destroyed and that since April 2003 when the U.S. military allowed the Kurdish Peshmerga to invade and occupy the city the Kurds too were trying to obliterate  the city’s Turkmen character .

MEP Frieda Brepoels who was a practising architect  before turning  her energies to Belgian politics and before being elected  in 2004 to the EU Parliament showed great interest when Dr. Aydinli spoke  about  the need to preserve  the city’s Turkmen character  by protecting and/or renovating  its numerous ancient monuments, such as the  Citadel and the traditional Turkish houses.  To better illustrate the urgency of this matter Dr. Aydinli gave her a copy of Dr. Suphi Saatçi’s book “The Urban Fabric and Traditional Houses of Kirkuk”.  Ms. Brepoels thanked him and said she would read  it with great interest.

 Traditional Uyghur musicians and dancers who gave a performance at the end of the conference.


ITF E.U. Representative, Dr. Hassan Aydinli, raised the problem of contamination by Depleted Uranium Ammunition used by the US in Iraq in a conference at the E.U. Parliament.

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ITF E.U. Representative, Dr. Hassan Aydinli, raised the problem of contamination by Depleted Uranium Ammunition used by the US in Iraq in a conference at the E.U. Parliament.


Dr. Hassan AYDINLI received an invitation from MEP Ms. Rebecca HARMS to attend the Expert Hearing & Presentation of the Study “Nuclear Waste Management in the EU” at the EU Parliament in Brussels on 1st December 2010.


Ms. Rebecca HARMS, co-President of the Greens/EFA made an extensive introduction concerning the EU agenda with its proposal for a Directive on Nuclear Waste Management.

She introduced two experts:

Mr. Wolfgang NEUMANN, Nuclear expert and physicist

Mr. Mycle SCHNEIDER, Independent analyst on energy and nuclear policy

Their presentations covered the following topics:

Nuclear Waste

What is nuclear waste?

Where is nuclear waste generated?

Classification of radioactive waste

How dangerous is the nuclear waste

Waste-Management concepts

Waste Management for highly radioactive waste

Waste Management for waste with low and intermediate level of radioactivity

Waste Management for radioactive waste with very low activity level


Waste Management in the EU, RF and US

Situation and strategies in EU Member States

Strategies in the Russian Federation and in the USA


Following the presentations the attendees had the opportunity to put questions to the experts. Dr. Hassan Aydinli, as the Iraqi Turkmen Front representative in the EU, raised the issue of the contamination in Iraq caused  by Depleted Uranium ammunition which has been used by the US-UK forces during their illegal war  on Iraq in 2003.


He informed the assembly that he had received alarming reports on the rise of cancers in the Iraqi population and on the abnormal rates of birth deformities due to the use of Depleted Uranium (DU). He said that such cases were evident in the cities of  Fallujah, Telafer and Nasseriyah.

He spoke of the appalling effects of DU contamination on the health of the Iraqi people, saying that a high number of babies were born with very grave abnormalities everywhere in Iraq where the US-UK had used these illegal weapons.

Addressing the two experts Dr. Hassan Aydinly asked: “What is the recourse for the Iraqi people, what can be done to decontaminate Iraq?”


The answer of expert Mr. Mycle SCHNEIDER was categorical:



At which Dr. Hassan Aydinli retorted: “In that case, if Iraq cannot be decontaminated and has become a hazardous and unhealthy country to live in and raise children for present and future generations, it is clear that the US-UK committed crimes against humanity in Iraq and logically the Iraqi people must receive compensations from those who are responsible for this catastrophe”. He added:  “By the same logic, Iraqi people should be given parts of the USA and the UK as a substitute country for them to lead a normal life”.


At the end of the conference Dr. Hassan Aydinli was approached by several participants who were surprised to hear about the extent of the contamination in Iraq. They said they were very interested to have more information about D.U. contamination in Iraq.  Dr. Aydinli told them he would send them the links to reports and studies which have already been published on this subject.


As promised, Dr. Aydinli has sent them information regarding studies made by:


–         Dr. Souad N. AL-AZZAWI, former Professor of Environmental Engineering at Baghdad University and recipient of the 2003 Nuclear Free Future Award for her work on environmental contamination after the Gulf War in Iraq.


–         Dr. Siegwart-Horst GÜNTHER, former colleague of Albert SCHWEITZER and author of the book : “Uranium Projectiles – Severely maimed soldiers – Deformed babies – Dying children. (1996). Dr. Siegwart-Horst GÜNTHER has made extensive research after the 1991 US war on Iraq.



Effects of U.K. and U.S. Unilateralism on the Turkmens of Iraq since World War I.

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 The discrimination against the Turkmens in Iraq, their marginalization, the denial of their historical role and achievements in Iraq and the denial of their true representation as the third largest ethnic group in Iraq have been initiated by the British colonial authorities at the end of World War I in 1918, for geopolitical and economical reasons.” Dr. Hassan Aydinli – 15th December 2007


Hereunder is an excerpt from Dr. Hassan Aydinli’s paper – 15th December 2007 at  Madrid Forum for a Just Peace in the Middle East

Effects of U.K. and U.S. Unilateralism on the Turkmens of Iraq since World War I.

As an Iraqi Turkmen I would like to bring to your attention the plight of the 3 million Turkmens of Iraq who are not only the victims of US-UK imperialism but also of Kurdish hegemony in the north of Iraq since 10th April 2003.

The 3 million Turkmens of Iraq represent 12% of the Iraqi population; they have lived in Iraq for over a millennium. The last reliable census data from Iraq, gathered in 1957, identifies the Turkmens as the third largest ethnic group in Iraq. In the north of Iraq Turkmens represent the second main ethnic group.

Iraqi Turkmens are the descendants of the Turkic Oghuz tribes of Central Asia who migrated in successive waves between the 7th and the 13th century to the west of their territories up to Anatolia and Mesopotamia (Iraq), they settled mainly in the northern and central regions of Iraq, in a diagonal strip of land stretching from the Syrian and Turkish border areas around the city of Tal Afar in the north-west of Iraq to the town of Mendeli on the Iranian border in Central Iraq, they are found principally in the following provinces: Kerkuk, Mosul, Erbil, Salah-al-Din, Diyala, Kut and Baghdad. Since many centuries the largest Turkmen population concentration is in the city of Kerkuk which is considered by the Iraqi Turkmens as their capital city and main cultural centre.

The Turkmen region in Iraq, called TURKMENELI, lies between the region inhabited by Kurds in the north and the region inhabited by Arabs in the South.

Turkmens have largely contributed to the political and cultural life in Iraq during the Abbassids, Seljuks, Atabegs, etc. They established their own states and Emirates in Iraq and ruled the country or parts of it for nine centuries (from 1055 to 1918). Iraqi Turkmen communities rose to prominence as administrators, merchants and politicians in particular under the Ottoman Empire.

The discrimination against the Turkmens in Iraq, their marginalization, the denial of their historical role and achievements in Iraq and the denial of their true representation as the third largest ethnic group in Iraq have been initiated by the British colonial authorities at the end of World War I in 1918, for geopolitical and economical reasons.

The British purposely underestimated the number of Turkmens to facilitate the separation of ‘Mosul Vilayat’ or ‘Mosul Province’ (now representing five Iraqi provinces: Mosul, Kerkuk, Erbil, Duhok and Suleymaniya) from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in order to control the huge oil reserves of Kerkuk which was then mainly inhabited by Turkmens.

Since Iraq became an independent state in 1921 the successive Iraqi governments have continued to undermine and marginalize the Turkmens for the same geopolitical and economical reasons. Under the previous regime the Turkmens have been victims of discrimination, deportation and property confiscation.

Today, four and a half years after the invasion and the occupation of Iraq by the US-UK forces, the 3 million Turkmens of Iraq continue to suffer from discrimination, marginalisation, ill-treatment and basic human rights violations and their ordeal continues as they are caught between hammer and anvil.

Indeed, the Turkmens continue to be constitutionally discriminated, institutionally marginalized and ill-treated as a community in Iraq by the political parties, who have been promoted and brought into power by the occupation forces.

The Kurdish political parties and their allies, who are dominating Iraqi politics since the occupation of the country in April 2003, have agreed – for strictly partisan reasons – to continue suppressing the Turkmens’ rights and their true representation in Iraq.

They continue denying the Turkmens the constitutional rights to be recognised as a main community of the country with rights equal to those granted to the Arabs and the Kurds in the new constitution of Iraq.

Since the occupation of Iraq in April 2003 the foreign occupation authorities administered the country by decree then by a “Provisional Administration Law” which was not approved by the Iraqi people. It became a Constitutional Law on 15th October 2005.

The contents and approval method of this Constitutional Law are debatable. The mistakes which had been made in the Provisional Administration Law regarding the Turkmens have been repeated in the new “permanent” constitution and the rights of the Turkmens continue to be openly usurped.

The Turkmens reject the new regime’s discriminatory policy, they have called for the boycott of the parliamentary elections under the occupation, and they have called to vote against the new constitution written under the occupation.

For all the above mentioned reasons the Turkmens have persistently called for the revision of the new Iraqi Constitution in order to obtain the constitutional rights for their community to be recognised as the third main community of Iraq as well as for the recognition of the Turkmen citizens’ basic human rights in Iraq as citizens of a multi-ethnic country with rights equal to those recognised to the Arabs and the Kurds.

The Turkmens, in addition to their share of misery and humiliation resulting from the foreign occupation of Iraq, also suffer since this occupation and because of it from the Kurdish hegemony in the north of Iraq and from the occupation and kurdification of their towns and cities by the Kurdish militias who are behaving as conquerors.

In order to change the demographics of Kerkuk in view of the upcoming census and referendum called for by Article 140 of the new constitution, the Kurdish political parties of Messrs Talabani and Barzani have organized the transport of over 600.000 Kurds from the Kurdish autonomous region as well as from neighbouring Syria, Turkey and Iran to Kerkuk. These ‘newly arrived Kurds’ have been given financial support and incentives, they have been issued forged identification cards and documents showing them as Kurds originally from Kerkuk who had been forcefully displaced by the former regime.

I would like to point out that the Swedish authorities have accused the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm early this year of having issued some 26. 000 forged Iraqi passport to citizens from Syria, Turkey and Iran, similar accusations have been made in Vienna, Damascus, etc.

These cheatings and falsifications of the official records concerning the forcibly displaced Kurds from Kerkuk and the issuing of forged identification cards to these 600.000 Kurds newly installed in Kerkuk have been facilitated by the fact that the Kurdish militias (Peshmerga) looted the Population and the Property Registration Offices of Kerkuk and confiscated the archives and records on the first day they entered and occupied Kerkuk on the 10th April 2003, one day after the occupation of Baghdad, with the blessings of the U.S. occupier and as a reward for their collaboration during the invasion of Iraq.

In this regard it is important to note that:

– according to the ration card data base, considered by the United Nations to be a reliable source for information on the Iraqi population, some 12.000 families (Turkmens and Kurds) were expelled from Kerkuk under the previous regime, one third being Turkmens.

– until April 10, 2003, Kerkuk had 810.000 inhabitants and that today, after four and a half years of Kurdish control over Kerkuk its population is estimated to be over 1.5 million inhabitants, and that ALL the newcomers are Kurds.

Today, citing ‘Article 140’ of the constitution, the Kurds insist to start the ‘normalization process’ in Kerkuk Province. But their interpretation of ‘normalization’ is to establish Kurdish hegemony in a region of Iraq which is inhabited by Turkmens, Arabs and Kurds and which has never been part of ‘Kurdistan’. This is in order to implement the American-Israeli plan to divide Iraq in three regions, it has nothing to do with democracy or justice, it is simply a way to steal Iraq’s oil from the Iraqi people by allowing their Kurdish ‘allies’ to annex Kerkuk to the Kurdish Autonomous Region, and subsequently proclaim their independence, in view of the creation of a “Greater Kurdistan”, following the example of the Zionists plans for a “Greater Israel”.

These unfair and illegal methods practiced by the Kurds in Kerkuk will lead to disaster if they are not stopped and remedied before a census which will decide on the fate of the city.

It should also be noted that the CIA and the U.S. Special Forces armed and supported thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga troops to fight against the Iraqi forces in 2003 and that British Special Forces and the Israeli Mossad are training the Kurdish commandos in the north of Iraq.

Turkmens are constantly targeted in Iraq by the Kurdish militias, by the militias belonging to some extremist parties, by foreign terrorist groups operating in the north of Iraq and by the U.S. occupation forces.

They have suffered a great number of casualties as a consequence of attacks on their community in Amirli, Altun Kopru, Beshir, Kerkuk, Tavik, Taza, Telafer, Tisin, Tuz Hurmato, etc. Furthermore, in order to silence them the Turkmens are now being subjected to death threats, property and land confiscations, imprisonment, torture, kidnappings and assassinations. Hundreds of Turkmens have been arrested and thousands of them have been killed.

Turkmens are the only community in Iraq which does not have weapons and militias; they are seeking to obtain their rights by democratic and peaceful means, but because they do not have militias they are very vulnerable and the existence of their community is contested and its future in Iraq is seriously endangered.

As true Iraqi patriots the Turkmens are strongly opposed to the balkanisation of Iraq, they consider that the disputed city of Kerkuk should have a special status, as the fate of the city is vital for all of Iraq and a planned referendum on its status should be held across the country, not in Kerkuk only as intended now.

The Turkmens declare that Kerkuk is an Iraqi city and all the people of Iraq should decide on its fate. A referendum to be held only in Kerkuk would not be acceptable and valid since it is extremely easy to manipulate election results in the city. The issue of Kerkuk’s status is potentially explosive for Iraq, and ethnic conflict over the city could spark violent clashes and even a civil war across Iraq, that could eventually lead to disintegration of the country.

The Turkmens of Iraq want a free, united and democratic Iraq, where all Iraqis: Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Chaldeo-Assyrians and others, live in harmony and peace. They are calling upon the international community and all peace loving people to support the Iraqi people in their struggle to liberate their country from the occupation and to obtain just compensation for all the moral and material damages they have suffered.

Dr. Hassan T. Walli Aydinli
Committee for the Defence of the Iraqi Turkmens’ Rights – Belgium

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