ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) calls upon the international community to intervene with the Government of Iraq to end its collective measures against the people and government of the Kurdistan Region, said the KRG.
“The restrictive policies adopted by Baghdad against Erbil are in violation of Iraq’s obligations and responsibilities under international and humanitarian law, and its duty as a state to respect and protect its citizens, including those displaced, and to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals and groups,” reads an official statement.
Erbil reminds the world that Baghdad has taken “collective punishments” against the people of Kurdistan Region in retaliation for their vote for independence. “Reducing Kurdistan Region’s budget in the 2018 Draft Budget Bill without involving the Kurdistan Regional Government, closure of the Kurdistan Region’s airspace, and travel restrictions are among the measures of collective punishment,” reads the statement.
The measures Baghdad has taken against Erbil, according to the KRG, has also impacted the humanitarian shipments for over 1.5 million Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs sheltered across Kurdistan. “With winter fast approaching, many displaced persons, including Yezidis, Christians, and recently displaced people from Kirkuk, Tuz Khourmatu and other areas, will be without critical supplies, specialized assistance, and care provided by UN agencies, NGOs, and other international organizations”
“We call on the international community to intercede in urging Baghdad authorities to lift the embargo, without conditions, on international flights. The international community’s attention and action would be deeply appreciated in mediating and lifting air embargos and other collective restrictions in order to minimize and avoid adverse effects on vital humanitarian services, health and education services, food security, security against terrorism, jobs and income security in the Kurdistan Region,” the KRG added.