Dis­il­lu­sioned dis­abled strik­ers see di­min­ish­ing hope

Un­happy dis­abled per­sons urge the KRG to im­ple­ment their fun­da­men­tal rights and prom­ises soon

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Af­ter end­ing their month­long strike, dis­en­chanted dis­abled per­sons claim that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) has thus far failed to pos­i­tively ful­fil the pledges given to them.

Barzan Karim, who is a mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tan Dis­abled Group, warned the KRG to re­spond to their im­per­a­tive de­mands in a pos­i­tive man­ner with­out fur­ther de­lay.

The strik­ers out­lined their es­sen­tial rights in a re­quest to the government in the hope of putting at least their ba­sic rights into ac­tion soon. With the aim of wi­den­ing their ap­peal au­di­ence, the dis­con­tented strik­ers also gave the UN a let­ter of dis­af­fec­tion.

“The KRG should act in re­sponse to our pend­ing re­quests by the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary 2013. In­deed, we are yet to of­fi­cially hear back from the government,” said Karim.

On Novem­ber 20th 2012, sev­eral dis­abled per­sons took to the street in front of a par­lia­men­tary of­fice in Sulaimaniya. They de­manded an in­crease to their salary of 100,000 IQD from the KRG which they re­ceive for dis­abled em­ploy­ment, and that is deemed in­suf­fi­cient to cater for their daily needs.

The strik­ers also asked for an in­crease to the salary of the un­em­ployed dis­abled from 150,000 to 600,000 IQD as well as some other re­quests.

He also added that the group is cur­rently in the process of set­ting up a united dis­abled or­ga­ni­za­tion across Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Karim fur­ther added that the group has up to now formed a com­mit­tee re­ferred to as the “Com­mit­tee of Dis­cov­er­ing Job Op­por­tu­nity”. The most im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity of the com­mit­tee is to find new job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­em­ployed dis­abled per­sons ei­ther in the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor.

Ari Mo­hammed, speak­ing on be­half of the dis­abled strik­ers, said that the end­ing of the strike came af­ter the KRG pledged to meet their es­sen­tial rights. The KRG has so far, he says, vowed to make im­prove­ments in Kur­dis­tan Dis­abled Law in the fu­ture.

Af­ter 32 days of con­tin­u­ous strike in front of Sulaimaniya’s Par­lia­ment Of­fice, the dis­abled per­sons de­cided to cease their strike on 21st De­cem­ber 2012.

Group of dis­abled strik­ers demon­strates de­mand­ing their rights in the city of Su­laimaniyah, Iraqi Kur­dis­tan on De­cem­ber 14, 2012.

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