Rights of Turk­mens, Assyr­i­ans and Kil­dans in Elec­toral Com­mis­sion are not sac­ri­ficed for politi­ciz­ing!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence of eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents in Kur­dis­tan are a re­al­ity that can­not be ques­tioned. Dif­fer­ent groups and faiths have been liv­ing to­gether in har­mony in Kur­dis­tan for thou­sands of years. What we should re­ally talk about here is that to what ex­tent the Kur­dis­tan au­thor­ity can equally pre­serve the rights of Turk­mens, Assyr­i­ans, Kil­dans, Ar­me­ni­ans and all other re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal com­po­nents?

In the past few months, as it opened its doors to the dis­placed and refugees, Kur­dis­tan has be­come a bright model of hu­man­ity and re­spect­ing var­i­ous re­li­gious groups, in ad­di­tion to the sav­ing of the lives of thou­sands of dis­placed and refugees of Chris­tians, Arabs, Turk­men, Yezidi, Kakeyi and Shabaks. This is very sig­nif­i­cant. It is ap­pre­ci­ated and ad­mired by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

As the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment passed the Elec­toral and Ref­er­en­dum Com­mis­sion bill last week, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Turk­mens, Kil­dans and Assyr­i­ans showed their dis­ap­proval of the bill, not about the con­tent, but about the man­ner in which rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Turk­mens and Chris­tians had been elected to the Com­mis­sion. This is what moved 11 po­lit­i­cal par­ties to stage a demon­stra­tion protest­ing against the decision.

The work took its le­gal cour­ses. To find a so­lu­tion to this is­sue, the Kur­dish Pres­i­dent im­me­di­ately held a meet­ing with Turk­men, Assyr­i­ans, Kil­dans and Ar­me­ni­ans Heads of blocs. Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dency re­marked after the meet­ing that “Pres­i­dent Barzani in­sisted that the man­ner in which the mem­bers of the com­mis­sion were se­lected was in­cor­rect, and said that this mat­ter will harm the po­si­tion and name of Kur­dis­tan. The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is a na­tional in­sti­tu­tion and could not be treated with a po­lit­i­cally nar­row-minded men­tal­ity, and that ev­ery party should have real par­tic­i­pa­tion and no party should se­lect rep­re­sen­ta­tives on be­half of the oth­ers.” Barzani as­sured them all that as he had in­sisted on en­dorse­ment of the rights of eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents in Iraq dur­ing the process of re­draft­ing the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion, he will con­tinue sup­port­ing and pre­serv­ing their rights now as well.

Th­ese re­marks by the Kur­dish Pres­i­dent is the best guar­an­tee for solv­ing the prob­lem of the com­po­nents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion and will be a guar­an­tee to avoid politi­ciz­ing the na­tional mat­ters as well, so that all the par­ties can work to­gether and have their real rep­re­sen­ta­tives ac­cord­ing to their rights and de­ci­sions.

In Kur­dis­tan, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and var­i­ous eth­nic com­po­nents are free. They can di­rectly in­volve in po­lit­i­cal work, make de­ci­sions and protest against any mis­takes in car­ry­ing out the de­ci­sions as they’re free to live in Kur­dis­tan pro­tected from ter­ror and vi­o­lence. Re­turn­ing to the logic of cit­i­zen­ship and equal rights, se­lect­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of th­ese com­po­nents to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sions of Kur­dis­tan is an in­di­ca­tion of pre­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing the dig­nity of Kur­dis­tan. It is an in­di­ca­tion that can fur­ther bet­ter the rep­u­ta­tion of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and prac­ti­cally re­spect­ing the rights of the var­i­ous com­po­nents liv­ing here.

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