Democ­racy does not mean less­en­ing the role of the mi­nor­ity

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Kurds have been pow­er­less as a mi­nor­ity since the cre­ation of Iraq for about a cen­tury ago. But the ma­jor­ity has never been able to quell the Kurds com­pletely. The Kurds them­selves have never let their role, po­si­tion and ex­is­tence weaken. In the post Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Iraq, Kurds as mi­nor­ity have played a cru­cial role. Like­wise, the whites in the in the USA couldn’t erase the blacks from history, and even­tu­ally Barack Obama be­came the first his­toric black Pres­i­dent in the coun­try. The Euro­pean mi­nori­ties too play im­por­tant role in democ­racy. They’re not judged ac­cord­ing to their num­ber and size. Even Kurds in­di­vid­u­als with their small num­bers have run for the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions and get votes, or for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in the Scan­di­na­vian and Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and have won seats. In case of tak­ing num­bers and size and votes into ac­count, they wouldn’t be able to get any po­si­tion or power.

Back to Kur­dis­tan, Gor­ran Move­ment in­tends to pre­pare a draft bill for re­duc­ing the num­ber of seats for (Turk­men, Assyr­ian, Kildan, Ar­me­nian and Ezi­dies) in the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment, claim­ing that they have been granted more seats than their ac­tual pop­u­la­tion de­serves. The only thing which has been im­por­tant and af­fect­ing the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy in Kur­dis­tan dur­ing the past years is the prac­ti­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion of the (Non-Mus­lims and non-Kurds) in the po­lit­i­cal process, elec­tion and de­ci­sion mak­ing.

The Gor­ran Move­ment, the PUK, the Is­lamic Union and the Is­lamic Group want to do in­jus­tice to these com­po­nents in two ways: the four par­ties claim that the mi­nor­ity groups are sub­jec­tive to the KDP>s power and in­cli­na­tion. They sup­port any decisive steps taken by the KDP blindly. It means that they want these com­po­nents to ac­qui­esce to their sub­jec­tion. Then the mi­nori­ties would be con­sid­ered as in­de­pen­dent and re­spect­ful com­po­nents by them in­stead.

These com­po­nents are gen­uine peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and are part of its history, cul­ture and so­cial net­work. They’ve been play­ing im­por­tant roles over the past cen­tury in the rev­o­lu­tions of Kur­dis­tan; they’ve given sac­ri­fices and have had true lead­ers. They’ve also had roles in mak­ing de­ci­sions and tak­ing part in self-gov­er­nance of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The Ar­me­ni­ans are be­ing sup­pressed in many places of the Mid­dle East and their lan­guage is banned, but in Kur­dis­tan they have their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Par­lia­ment, they study in their own lan­guage, and per­form their re­li­gious cer­e­monies un­hin­dered. This plu­ral­ity, co­ex­is­tence and self-con­fi­dence to the mi­nori­ties have been granted by the ef­forts of the lead­er­ship of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, not by any other Is­lam-inspired groups or po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

If the four par­ties crit­i­cize the KDP for sup­port­ing and de­fend­ing these com­po­nents, then this will usher Kur­dis­tan to­wards a se­ri­ous and threat­en­ing fate. This is kind of grave-dig­ging for the demo­cratic dreams of the Kur­dish so­ci­ety.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, NGOs and hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions should help Kur­dis­tan to fur­ther ac­ti­vate and widen the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the mi­nor­ity com­po­nents. Turk­men, Kildan, Assyr­ian, Ar­me­nian, Ezidi and Kakayies should not come un­der any pres­sure or op­pres­sion, but work hard for widen­ing their share in power and gov­ern­ing and to en­hance the demo­cratic process in Kur­dis­tan.

Democ­racy is about en­hanc­ing and ac­ti­vat­ing roles of the pow­er­less, not draw­ing plans to cur­tail the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the mi­nori­ties. There will be no healthy so­ci­ety if the mi­nori­ties are not free, their will and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the po­lit­i­cal process are not re­spected. The true democ­racy of those who call them­selves (ma­jor­ity) is to max­i­mize and widen the share of the mi­nor­ity, not falsely ac­cuse them of sub­jec­tion and op­por­tunism.

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