Kurdish Blockade of Sinjar Harms Yazidis: New HRW Report

HRW witnesses KDP asa’ish preventing a Yazidi civilian family from bringing rice and pillows for their own use into Sinjar. Photo: 2016 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch

HRW witnesses KDP asa’ish preventing a Yazidi civilian family from bringing rice and pillows for their own use into Sinjar. Photo: 2016 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch has issued an important new report on how the Kurdish Regional Government’s implementation of an economic blockade of the Iraqi Sinjar region is preventing Yazidi families (displaced during ISIL’s genocide of Yazidis in 2014) from returning and rebuilding their homes and lives. This situation has persisted for most of the past year, though it has not been significantly reported upon by media.

READ the FULL REPORT HERE.

HRW personnel witness KDP asa’ish preventing a Yazidi man from transporting a single sheep for a funeral. Photo: 2016 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch

HRW personnel witness KDP asa’ish preventing a Yazidi man from transporting a sheep for a funeral. Photo: 2016 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch

Comments (9)


1. Eugene said:

I applaud Mr Landis for bringing the Syrian Report to our attention with the different views, as well as reading those others who comment too. Sitting afar from the events given attention to in the M.E., gives a perspective that otherwise wouldn’t be told, especially in the western press perspective, with all the disinformation that abounds and is taking place. HRW has gained both supporters and detractors which question which side they are on. I’ll say this much, the western powers who instigated these actions, for their own selfish reasons, don’t know nor it seems even tried to educate themselves on the peoples before waging war, which has led to the death and destruction of the millions of innocent people in these countries today. I’m sure others will take issue with my opinion, which is as it should be.

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December 7th, 2016, 5:49 am

 

2. ALAN said:

1. EUGENE
Do not shine too much the biography of prof. Landis
Just keep a track of his activities since 2011 could understand he is the thinker contributor to the destruction of the Syrian entity
I do not think you are propitiating him.

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December 7th, 2016, 7:36 am

 

3. Mina said:

I’ve been reading the “mosuleye” blog recently and the author accused the “Kurdish and Yazidi militias” of committing a genocide in some Arab villages in the plain. I can imagine some Kurds have a heavy hand, but accusing the Yazidi?? how realistic is that? How many people form the “Yazidi militias”?

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December 7th, 2016, 2:29 pm

 

4. ALAN said:

Simo!
Who is against freedom of expression?
http://www.voltairenet.org/article194344.html

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December 7th, 2016, 4:20 pm

 

5. Ghufran said:

Khaled Khalaf, a lawyer and a high-ranking member of the Syrian Revolutionary Command Council, told i24news’ Arabic channel that “If Israel repeats what it did this morning [referring to the alleged strikes], in the coming days we will achieve victories.”
يا امة ضحكت من جهلها الامم

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December 7th, 2016, 7:54 pm

 

6. Passerby said:

It sure speaks well for Islam that all these tiny obscure religions still exist. There are no survivors under Christianity. Granted many have moved back, but all originally there, were exterminated or converted.

So, why are they being exterminated now? What went wrong?

Look at the Mandaean-Sabeans, they get it from Iran and Iraq, it’s not one or the other, it’s both…During Saddam and after Saddam.

And the content of their old religious texts, usually secret somewhat, some of it seems to be very old, parallels to the historical Jesus not found in Christian texts and so on. You don’t have to agree with it to respect such an ancient thing.

And they all survived, Islam did that, bravo, why not lately?

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December 7th, 2016, 9:37 pm

 
 

8. Mina said:

When even the Turkish media starts to be sceptic
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/the-vanishing-civilians-of-aleppo.aspx?pageID=449&nID=107066&NewsCatID=418

Landis just spotted this article on his twitter account
http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/syria-civil-war

strong critic of the media who reported back then the death of the ‘revolution’s singer’ without any sort of verification. French non-Arabic speaking correspondents who still think the inhabitants of East Aleppo were 300,000 if not more should read it and learn…

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December 9th, 2016, 10:04 am

 

9. Mina said:

Could Mrs Power write a “aren’t you ashamed” speech to explain us why her administration is not moving a (technological) finger to identify and bring to court the djihadists who have been involved in the kidnapping and the trafics of the Yazidi girls? as any measure taken against the pseudo religious authorities who supported it?

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December 16th, 2016, 5:21 am

 

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