“Statement about the situation in Tuz Khurmatoo city”

Statement

Since the first day of the movement of federal forces with all its units to the province of Kirkuk and the rest of the mixed areas to control security and stability, we are monitoring the humanitarian situation in all these areas, especially the city of Tuz Khurmatu, due to large number of allegations of violations which is proved to be an attempt to distort facts and mix papers to put the federal forces in the place of criminality and outsiders On the law.

The city of Tuz Khurmato, since the entry of the federal forces to it has become fully insured and stable better than ever before. According to our sources, the city has not seen any violations except what is carried out by groups outside the law and those who have lost its former influence in the city. The official sources in the city of Tuz Khurmato Confirms that thousands of those who fled the city are not residents of the city, but foreigners who were brought from outside the city or from outside Iraq by influential authorities in the city and also hundreds of those were responsible for the murder, kidnapping and intimidation in the city for 14 years , And that what is being raised is an attempt to restore the influence of these people to the city to resume their crimes against innocent people in order to repeat the tragedies suffered by the residents of the city during the absence of the rule of the central government.

Those who want to search for the victims and the oppressed people in the city of Tuz Khurmato, must check the large numbers of victims, martyrs, the disabled, the wounded, the widows and orphans and look for their background and their affiliation, then he will realize the extent of injustice inflicted on one component without another for a decade and a half. 

We were always calling for the presence of a federal force in this city but the other party was strongly rejecting and there were many attempts to move troops from the center to the city to secure it, but the political pressure of the Kurdish parties in Baghdad was preventing it.

We are surprised about the silence of the international organizations for 14 years when the Turkmen areas in the city of Tuz Khurmato were targeted by various criminal means, the most serious being the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. We call on these organizations, to do their works and write their reports with professionalism and impartiality and meet all parties and visit all areas of the city to know the facts before the publication of their reports because the continued duplication in dealing with this issue unfortunately drops the transparency of these organizations and puts many question marks in front of the real feasibility of the issuance of this report Which is in fact in the interest of a component at the expense of the rest of the city’s components and may lead to the belief that there is political motivation to issue these reports to mislead public opinion.

Dr. Ali al-Bayati

Member of the Iraqi  High Commission for Human Rights

3/11/2017

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