Kirkuk residents file more than 2000 complaints of rights violations

Kirkuk, 2020 – a checkpoint in Kirkuk City enforcing a lockdown as preventive measure against the COVID-19 outbreak – Photo by Karwan Salehi

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The High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq announced that it has received more than 2000 complaints from the Kirkuk Province alone. They are mostly about rights violations, disappearances and destruction in the rural areas.

This statistic was revealed during a visit to Kirkuk by a delegation from the Commission on Thursday, 3 September.

According to a statement issued by the media office of Kirkuk’s Interim Governor Rakan Saeed al-Jubouri, the issues of the missing, the destroyed villages, detainees and demands by protestors.

The interim governor had stressed in the meeting that "with the efforts of the security forces, no case of kidnapping or assassination has been registered in the Province."

The delegation met with the families of a number of missing persons who say that their family members were arrested and transferred to prisons in the Kurdistan Region between 2004 and 2017.

Through protest rallies and press conferences, on numerous occasions, the Arab parties in Kirkuk have demanded the fate of those detained by Kurdish forces to be revealed.

Aqil al-Mousawi, head of the High Commission for Human Rights, said that they had received more than 2000 complaints on human rights violations, disappearances and destruction of villages.

The delegation of the Commission for Human Rights also met with the head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee on the same day.

During a press conference, Aqil al-Mousawi said that among the reasons for the visit was the rising level of violence in Kirkuk.

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