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Because of their refusal to participate in the referendum, Asayish deported dozens of families from Kirkuk

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The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights continued with five families displaced to the Al-Azim district in Diyala province, who spoke about the pressure against them by Asayish forces because of their refusing to participate in the referendum on the independence of the province which began today.

 

 

25 - 9 - 2017

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, said that the security authorities of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region exerted great pressure on the displaced families to Kirkuk in order to participate in the referendum In addition to take the identity papers from some of them.

"Asayish asked the families who refused to participate in the referendum, to leave the province. According to testimonies from the deportees, "great pressure was used against them by Asaish to vote in favor of the referendum or leave Kirkuk". The Observatory also said.

According to the monitoring network at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, "more than 250 families emerged during the last two days from the province of Kirkuk after refusing to participate in the referendum and exit a demonstration in favor of its governor Najmuddin Karim, who the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted on his dismissal on 14 September.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights continued with five families displaced to the Al-Azim district in Diyala province,  who spoke about the pressure against them by Asayish forces because of their refusing to participate in the referendum on the independence of the province which began today.

"On Friday, 22th of September, a force from Asayish came and asked for our identity papers. They asked us if you would participate in the referendum or not. After we told them that we are not members of the governorate and can not participate, they asked us to leave Kirkuk"a family of seven members  lived in the June 1 neighborhood of Kirkuk said.

"One of the Asayish elements tried to take our identity papers and not return them to us,but after begging and promising him that we will come out of the province, he thrown them on the ground" the head of the family said.

"Asayis forced us to choose, either to participate in the referendum or to leave the province, so we were forced to leave the province," another family, who lived in Rehman Street in the district of 1st June said.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that "the acts of Asayish against the displaced who are temporarily living in Kirkuk, are contrary to the guidelines of internal displacement, which gives full protection to these families and prevent them from any risk”.

The observatory also said that "Asayish actions against displaced persons are part of the displacement resulting from the forcible deportation of people from their areas of residence by force or indirectly, by forcing people to leave and emigrate, or by means of pressure, intimidation and persecution".

"More than 80 families of Arab nationalism have been forcibly removed from Kirkuk and have reached the judiciary, and the families have been living in Kirkuk for many years," said Muqdadiya President Adnan al-Tamimi in press statements.

"Asayish prepared lists of Arab employees who refused to participate in the referendum" a security source at a Kirkuk police station said during a telephone conversation with the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights.

The deputy of Diyala province, Raad Almas during an interview with the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said that "Al adheem district in the province received on Sunday (24th of September) 250 families deported from Kirkuk for refusing to participate in the referendum.

“The Human Rights Watch stated in its resolution 1993/77 that the practice of forced evictions constitutes a grave violation of human rights, in particular the right to adequate housing” the observatory said.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights demands that the federal government assume its responsibilities to protect civilians, prevent forced relocations and hold those responsible accountable.

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