London, United Kingdom (uk.gov.krd) – The Foreign Affairs Committee held an oral evidence session with the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Karwan Jamal Tahir on Tuesday 5 December 2017. The evidence session was attended by Tom Tugendhat (Chair); Ian Austin; Ann Clwyd; Mike Gapes; Andrew Rosindell; Royston Smith; and Nadhim Zahawi. The Committee members raised a number of questions related to the fight against Daesh, Kurdistan Referendum for Independence, the UK’s support for the Region, punitive action by the Iraqi government, attacks of Hashid-Al Shaabi on the Kurdish Peshmerga in the disputed areas, and the violations conducted against the Kurdish people by the Hashid- Al Shaabi in Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other contested areas.
Mr Tahir said Kurdistan has been “let down” by Britain. The international community had failed his people in the response to the September 25 independence referendum. Mr Tahir reiterated that “Self-determination is not a crime for any nation or people.” The evidence session also focused on two keys issues, including Erbil-Baghdad relations and reports of violations against the Kurdish people by Hashid-Al Shaabi and the Iraqi forces in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu. “There are evidence of humiliation and intimidation against the Kurds in the disputed areas. Hashid-Al Shaabi and the Iraqi forces repealed their civil servants from their work and replaced them with Arab and Turkmen people. More than 2,000 houses were looted, and 500 houses were seized by their forces in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, 51 houses were exploded, a few more houses were burned. There were cases of abuses and kidnapping on daily basis” Mr Tahir added.
Mr Tahir called upon the United Kingdom and the International community to support and facilitate negotiation with the federal government to deescalate tensions.
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