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 Iraqi Kurdistan NGOs: A Law to Regulate Demonstrations not to Ban It 

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Iraqi Kurdistan NGOs: A Law to Regulate Demonstrations not to Ban It  18.12.2010  
By Federaysion of Civil Society Organizations ekurd.net





December 18, 2010

TO : The United Nation and UNAMI office in Erbil.
All embassy's and consulates offices In Iraq .

All friends and country's who supported Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan for building up Democracy and freedom.

An Announcement by Group Concerning the Law of Demonstrations
"A Law to Regulate Demonstrations not to Ban It"


At the time that the passage of the draft bill of regulating demonstration by the Kurdistan Parliament on November 3rd, 2010 resulted in widespread condemnation, signing the bill into law by the President of Kurdistan Region led to even greater anger. Our demonstration is a reflection of those condemnations and anger and it is based on the belief that the law is disenfranchising the people of Kurdistan from their right of demonstration and strike and entitles the executive branch of the government all the power to prevent demonstrations. At the time that the Law of Regulating demonstration is not qualified to be implemented as a law, it also provides impetus for social turmoil and is in conflict with the Iraqi Constitution and the International covenants, particularly The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iraq ratified.

Signing the Regulating Demonstration Bill into law carries with it a significant danger in ignoring the public opinion in Kurdistan , the role of civil society and all those social and political groups and movements that use demonstrations as a political participatory tool.

Our demonstration comes as an outcry against the disrespectful attitude of the power in Kurdistan towards its own constituency and people. It is also a reaction against the violation of the rights and the freedoms of the people of Kurdistan by the authorities through the passage of laws that restrict the freedom of speech, association and demonstration.           

A demonstration in Sulaimaniyah city, Iraqi Kurdistan, against the law of demonstrations. Photos: Awene.com


A demonstration in Sulaimaniyah city, Iraqi Kurdistan, against the law of demonstrations.
Those rights and freedom are of utmost importance at this juncture in the history of the region, and were and will be the inspiration of decades of struggle by the people of Kurdistan to achieve freedom, democracy and civil society. The passage of this law is supporting the evidences that the power in Kurdistan is undemocratically attempting through a series of laws to disenfranchise the people of Kurdistan from their rights of political participation. The power through those laws envisions for the people a bystander role in order for all the power and the decision making process be limited to a handful of people.

We, the 12/12 group announce that this demonstration is only the beginning of our long term civil activities until we reach our goal of passing a law that regulate demonstration on democratic principles and bases. We promise the people of Kurdistan that we will not allow the passage of laws that limit their rights and freedoms in the future.

12/12 Group

- Federation of civil society in Sulaimaniyah- 15 NGOs and some independent activists.
- Defending network for the right and the freedom of people.

16/12/2010 

Federaysion of Civil Society Organizations

Submitted by WADI Director Thomas von der Osten-Sacken
 

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