A mes­sage from the Kur­dish Pres­i­dent for Hu­man Rights Day

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The Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights on 10 De­cem­ber 1948 was a sig­nif­i­cant step on the part of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a frame­work for defin­ing and guar­an­tee­ing the ba­sic hu­man rights so fre­quently vi­o­lated due to war and dic­ta­tor­ship. It is un­for­tu­nate that sixty five years on from this his­tor­i­cal day, hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions con­tinue in our re­gion and oth­ers around the world. De­spite the fall of the dic­ta­tor­ship, the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Iraq has wors­ened and the lives of Iraq’s cit­i­zens, women and chil­dren are un­der threat. In­sur­gency, tribal ex­trem­ism and cor­rup­tion are ma­jor threats to hu­man rights and to the dig­nity and lives of the cit­i­zens of Iraq.

Over the past few years, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has made con­sid­er­able progress in re­spect­ing hu­man rights, and the in­di­vid­ual and civil rights of its peo­ple, but it has still to reach a sat­is­fac­tory level. There are still vi­o­la­tions, so it is im­por­tant that hu­man rights pro­tec­tion is de­vel­oped fur­ther in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Our na­tion has been a vic­tim of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, so hu­man rights must be the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of all gov­ern­men­tal and civil ac­tiv­ity in our coun­try. This should be re­flected, too, in our pub­lic, in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily lives.

For the pur­pose of pre­vent­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Kur­dis­tan, civil so­ci­ety and the me­dia have to work openly and more re­spon­si­bly. I hope that re­spect­ing hu­man val­ues and rights soon be­comes the norm in our coun­try and in all our ac­tions, and that it be­comes a deep-rooted cul­ture. Mas­soud Barzani Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion De­cem­ber 10, 2013

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