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 Iraqi Kurdistan has come far, but still has long way to go: VP of Norwegian Parliament

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Iraqi Kurdistan has come far, but still has long way to go: VP of Norwegian Parliament  21.6.2012 





 
Akhtar Chaudhry, is a Pakistani-Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party and vice president of Norwegian Parliament, Photo: Vemund Sveen Finstad.
June 21, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Akhtar Chaudhry is a Pakistani-Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party and fourth vice president of Norwegian Parliament. Chaudhry recently visited the Kurdistan Region and, in this interview with Rudaw.net, acknowledges the region is on the right path to democracy but believes more effort is needed with regards to human rights.

Q: What did you think of the Kurdistan Region, in terms of development and progress?

Akhtar Chaudhry: I found the Kurdistan Region to be on a good path as far as democracy and institution-building are concerned. But we all understand this is a long and demanding path.

Q: What was your aim in this visit to the Kurdistan Region?

Akhtar Chaudhry: There are a many members in our party (the Socialist Left Party) with a Kurdish background. They have a strong influence on policy-making. They advocated for this visit for a long time. On the visit, we wanted to develop a network with Kurdish people, politicians,www.ekurd.net political parties and NGOs. We also wanted to visit Halabja and collect as much information as possible about the Anfal campaign. We are grateful to have met with many interesting and influential people. We will now work to ensure recognition of the Anfal campaign and what happened in Halabja as genocide.

Q: How can Norwegian Parliament support Kurdish people and their government?

Akhtar Chaudhry: We can help and support the Kurdish people by these sorts of visits, network-building and discussing the issues in Norway and in our parliament. We have now established a group called “Friends of the Kurdish People” in Norwegian Parliament. Seven MPs from three parties have become members and more will join. I intend to raise the issue in parliament when the fall session starts in October.

Q: Compared to other countries in the region, how much has the Kurdistan Region developed?

Akhtar Chaudhry: It has come impressively far compared to other countries in the same region. For example, the Kurdish Parliament – Iraq has 43 female MPs. It is a huge accomplishment and shows that women’s rights are on the agenda.

Q: Currently, there are a lot of foreign companies working in the Kurdistan Region, but we don’t see that many Norwegian companies in Kurdistan. What is the reason behind this?

Akhtar Chaudhry: I would be glad if Norwegian companies became established in Kurdistan. I am sure they will come in time.

Q: What about the human rights situation in the Kurdistan Region? What do you think of it?

Akhtar Chaudhry: As far as human rights are concerned, there is a long way to go in Kurdistan. I am sure politicians in Kurdistan are aware of this. We all have to remember that we now are part of the integrated world where we are watched constantly. Any breach of human rights will be taken up and criticized whether the country’s name is Kurdistan, the U.S. or Norway.

By Hawar Abdulrazaq

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