ERBIL — The human rights office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) launched last week a fact-finding investigation into the abuses carried out by Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmatu.
“A team from the Human Rights office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a mission to Tuz Khurmatu in Salah al-Din Governorate on 7 December 2017 to investigate the reports of punitive destruction of property of residents who have been displaced by the clashes in the area in October and reports of intimidation to prevent the safe return of the displaced to their homes,” said the UNAMI.
“This visit has been prompted by repeated reports about indiscriminate targeting of civilians, forced evictions and destruction of property prior to but notably after 16 October 2017 that UNAMI addressed.”
The United Nations had already expressed concern over the military confrontations in the area which later led to a huge influx of civilian displacement.
“During the mission to Tuz Khurmatu last week, the UNAMI team visited several areas in the town and met with a number of officials. UNAMI officials also have met in Erbil with a number of representatives of Tuz Khurmatu displaced residents and listened to their accounts about the circumstances surrounding the alleged attacks. Another UNAMI mission to Tuz Khurmatu was planned in the coming days to visit also other areas including those suggested by the displaced residents to further investigate the allegations.”