ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil rejected the report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) about the expulsion of a few displaced Yezidi families from Kurdistan Region because their sons have joined the Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi in Sinjar.
Dakhil argued that the HRW is losing its credibility due its false accusations against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
“After a few months [of previous accusations), Human Rights Watch came back with a new anti-KRG report accusing it of deporting four Yezidi families from its territories to Sinjar. The organization has already issued other reports that have been refuted by the officials in the KRG,” said Dakhil in a statement on Monday.
The Yezidi MP explains that there is no truth to the HRW’s report on deporting the Yezidi families.
“As a representative for the Yezidi component in the Iraqi parliament, I completely reject the report of the deportation of four Yezidi families from the KRG’s territory to Sinjar, due to their sons who joined the Hashd al-Shaabi,” said Dakhil, asking HRW to disclose the names of those deported and the date of their deportation.
“The organization is losing its credibility day after day and its reports are more like pre-paid political positions,” the statement reads.
She noted that KRG has received more than 1.7 million IDPs and refugees from Iraq and Syria, including more than 400 thousand Yezidis, mostly from Sinjar, and it has done everything within its capability to help them despite the financial crisis facing the region after cutting its budget by the federal government in Baghdad.
Dakhil called upon HRW to be careful before issuing its reports and advised it to check the background of those who provide them with misleading information and harm the organization’s reputation.
HRW released a report on Sunday, accusing the Kurdish forces of expelling at least four Yezidi families and threatened others since June 2017 because of their relatives’ enrollment in Hashd al-Shaabi ranks.