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 An Announcement by the Federation of the Civil Society Organizations about the Bloody Incident of February 17th 2011 

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An Announcement by the Federation of the Civil Society Organizations about the Bloody Incident of February 17th 2011 ‎ 20.2.2011 

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February 20, 2011

An Announcement by the Federation of the Civil Society Organizations
About the Bloody Incident of February 17th 2011

Attacking the Fourth Branch of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan in Sulaimaniyah and burning and looting the offices of the Change Movement in Erbil and Duhok, demonstrated that the Ministry of Interior, as the only sole body that is responsible for protecting the lives of people and the offices of the political parties is inefficient in performing its functions.

Demonstration is a legal and licit right of the people, it is the responsibility of the authorities to listen to those demand put forward by demonstrators and work on addressing them.

It is unfortunate that after the end of the gathering at Bardarki Sara square, some of the demonstrators voluntarily attacked the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and worse than that the latter started to attack the demonstrators with live bullets which resulted in killing and injuring many civilians. This is a disturbing regression toward solving the issues with violence and force. That is clear through recruiting a large force by the Kurdistan Democratic Party to the city of Sulaimaniyah. It is both illegal and risky to do so and will complicate tension rather than dissolve the turmoil. This will result in more instability in the City of Sulaimaniyah and will take us back to the days of civil war and that is contrary to the responsibilities of the President of the Region and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

We in the Federation of the Civil Society Organizations demand on all sides to restrain from violence and end military presence in public places, stop all kind of threats and intimidation and make preparations for responsible dialogue and conversations among all political parties.

We demand that Kurdistan Democratic Party’s withdraw all its forces immediately from Sulaimaniyah. The establishment of an independent committee to investigate and find the truth and suit those who were responsible for firing live bullets at the civil demonstrators and to compensate all of those who were harmed by this incidence and to preserve the rights of those who were injured.

18-02-2011 /Iraq - Sulaimaniyah

Notes :
The Federation consists of 15 independent NGO and a group of activist in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
 

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