ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports (HCERIR) said in a statement on Tuesday that nobody has been forcibly expelled from the Kurdistan Region, as a response to a report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled "Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Yezidi Fighters' Families Expelled." According to the HRW report, the KRG security forces are accountable for collective punishment of families of Yezidi fighters by expelling them to the Sinjar areas.
However, the HCERIR stated on Tuesday that the KRG has certain regulations and instructions for establishing military units in the Kurdistan Region, which should be in conformity with the KRG Ministry of Peshmerga. The Committee assured that the Peshmerga Ministry firmly opposes any forces or militia movements that possess a threat to the security in the Kurdistan Region.
The HCERIR statement pointed out that the KRG institutions do not discriminate against its population based on religion, ethnicity or race. In this regard, the Yezidis have not been forced to support the KRG or any particular political party. The KRG has always supported the Yezidi community against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the statement added.
In addition, the HCERIR further confirmed that the families of all internally displaced persons (IDPs) are equally protected and are provided with necessary services equal to other refugees in the region. According to the Committee, the small number of families who have left the region recently, have probably left in order to rejoin their relatives in areas outside the Kurdish Region.