Minorities in Iraq present unique common declaration

Ezidi Kurdic (Yezidi‘s), Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian and Turkmen Peoples of Iraq

MINORITIES IN IRAQ WILL PRESENT UNIQUE COMMON DECLARATION

19 NOVEMBER 13:30 PRESS ROOM EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (BRUSSELS)

15:00 CONFERENCE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (PHS 4B001)

CALL FOR RESTORATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH A POLITICAL FUTURE IN IRAQ

On November 19, the Ezidi Kurds, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA, Christians) and Turkmen Peoples of Iraq will present for the first time in history a common declaration for the restoration of their human rights through a political future for their peoples in Iraq.

This unique declaration calls for political support from the EU, for a realistic approach to realise self-administration and self-defence in those districts where each of these peoples form the majority. In this regard they focus in particular on Sinjar (Ezidi’s), Nineveh Plain (CSA), Tel Afar and Tuzhurmatu (Turkmens).

In light of the recent atrocities committed by ISIS against each of these peoples, their self-administration and self-defence has become paramount for their existence in Iraq. These atrocities have been preceded by a long history of disempowerment and discrimination against these peoples. In order to change victims into citizens, a real sense of self-determination and the possibility of defence is necessary. There is a clear need for a viable political vision that restores the broken trust of many refugees and gives them a perspective for their future in Iraq.

Moreover, the declaration speaks against independence or isolation from other peoples in Iraq. It calls on the EU to support them in negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional Government and the government of Iraq, to reach the needed self-administration and defence.

The declaration will be presented in the EP Press Room at 13:30. At 15:00 a conference will be held in the European Parliament (Room PHS 4B001) in which the declaration will be explained and formally signed. Furthermore statements of support from religious leaders and representatives from the region as well as MEP responses are part of the program. Both, the presentation and the conference are hosted by Branislav Škripek MEP (ECR) and organised in co-operation with the Christian Political Foundation for Europe (CPFE).

More information is available by contacting either Johannes de Jong (CPFE) (secretariat@ecpf.info) or Rima Tüzün (European Syriac Union) (rima.tuezuen@esu.cc). The office of Mr. Škripek can be reached via Auke Minnema (theodoorauke.minnema@europarl.europa.eu

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