Acting governor calls for closing 150 NGOs in Kirkuk

Acting governor calls for closing 150 NGOs in Kirkuk

Karwan Salhi - KirkukNow The acting governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed, called on the federal police and Anti-terrorism forces to close down 150 NGOs registered in the Kurdistan region in Kirkuk, based on a decree of the Ministers Council and the law of the NGOs in Iraq. The decision was issued based on the NGO law of 21 December 2017. On 17 April, acting governor issued a call to the security forces to implement it in Kirkuk. The call contains all the NGOs not registered in Baghdad, including those which have obtained a license from Erbil. Ministers Council statistics notes of the presence of 280 NGOs in Kirkuk, 150 of them registered in the Kurdistan region only.
Some NGOs have been informed, and some prevented from working
Three months past the call, no NGO office has been closed down, but some NGOs have been informed, and some local and international ones have been prevented from working. An official source from the Ministers Council Secretariat, which spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, "More than 150 NGOs in Kirkuk are registered in the Kurdistan region. These NGOs, which are Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen, Assyrian and international, cannot work unless they obtain a license from Baghdad." At least 120 NGOs in Kirkuk work with a license from Baghdad, the source said, "They have no problem."
The decision is legal, as all the organisations should be registered in Baghdad
The decision went down from the Iraqi Ministers Council to the acting governor of Kirkuk. Tariq Harb, a legal expert, believes the decision to be legal, "All the NGOs should be registered in Baghdad according to the law number 12 of 2010." However, he said, Kirkuk administration could give them some time to register and allow them to work meanwhile.
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