Hashd al-Shaabi Forces Yezidis to Speak Arabic Only: Sinjar Mayor
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Hashd al-Shaabi Forces Yezidis to Speak Arabic Only: Sinjar Mayor

SINJAR — Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have recently began another campaign targeting the Yezidi Kurdish population of Sinjar in north of Iraq: imposing the Arabic language on the locals, said the mayor of the city.

“The militias affiliated to the Hashd al-Shaabi force the people in Sinjar to speak in Arabic, making Kurdish as an illegal language to be spoken,” Mahma Khalil told BasNews.

He emphasised that the attempt is a blatant violation of the Iraqi constitution which defines Kurdish and Arabic both as the official languages in Iraq.

“What the Hashd al-Shaabi is doing in Sinjar is similar to Baath regime’s anti-Kurdish campaigns.”

Khalil believes that the best solution would be establishing a joint administration between Erbil and Baghdad to replace Hashd al-Shaabi and PKK rule in the area.

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