Calls for investigation into the killing of two IDP women in Kirkuk

August 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

IDP camp in Daquq south of Kirkuk (October 2016)

Arab members of the iraqi parliament from Kirkuk hold the governor of the province ‘responsible’ after two Arab women were killed and their bodies dumped outside the city. The MPs call on the Iraqi government and the United Nations to investigate the killings.

Last Thursday, 24th of August, in Daquq, south of Kirkuk police found the bodies of two women aged between 50 and 55 who had been shot in the head. A day earlier two women had been abducted by unidentified gunmen in the neighbourhood of Nida in the city.

Khaled Mafraji and Mohammad Tamim, representatives from Kirkuk in the Iraqi parliament released a statement on Friday stating that they hold the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) responsible for the increased number of killing and abductions of citizens in the city. The Kurdish security forces have been in charge of the city since June 2014, when the Iraqi army abandoned its positions following Islamic State blitzkrieg across northern Iraq.

The two representatives warned the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk that he is responsible for the lawlessness in the city as he is not fulfilling his duties as a governor because he is too busy with the Kurdistan referendum.

Abdul Qader Fakhraddin of crimes unit in Daquq said that they were informed of the existence of two bodies last Thursday in the village of Omar al-Khatab in Jambur area where they picked up the bodies. “The bodies belonged to two women aged between 50 and 55 with bullets to their heads and could be the women who were abducted the day before in the Nida neighbourhood in Kirkuk,” Fakhraddin said.

Najmaddin Karim’s office in a statement said that the accusations by the two parliamentarians were false and no residents had lodged an official complaint and the accusations are intended as preparations for the next elections by the two MPs. the governor’s office went on to say that the security forces and the security committee of the provincial council have taken all measures necessary according to the law to protect the residents.

Bodies of women are found on the streets of Kirkuk on regular basis. Economic hardship, honour based tribal culture, forced marriages are considered amongst the the main reasons behind violence against women according to women rights organisations. There have been 793 cases of violence against women since 11 of January last year according to the provincial council committee for humans rights and women.

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