Yazda’s statement on demonstrations in Iraq

Yazda expresses its great concerns as the latest events in Iraq took the direction toward more violence and chaos which effects everything in the country.

We condemn the use of power against peaceful demonstrators and call on people to practice their constitutional rights under article 38, paragraph 3, without violence. The Iraqi government must hold itself to the responsibilities laid out in the Iraqi constitution.

We sympathize with the legitimate demands expressed by demonstrators. The political system of Iraq continues to fail on many fronts, including failure to combat corruption and the inability to address economic challenges across Iraq.

Iraqi minorities, including Yazidis, have greatly suffered due to the dysfunctional government of Iraq, particularly with regards to addressing security, administrative and economic challenges in Sinjar and the Nineveh Plains and in addressing the legal rights of victims of Yazidi genocide, including failure to hold trials with respect to Yazidi genocide.

But Yazda believes that the right approach requires changes in the political system and economic strategies which will allow the building of a strong nation where all people are treated equal regardless of their faith, ethnicity, place or origin, or political or social status. Iraq needs a government that is capable of utilizing Iraq’s powerful natural, human, and social resources to build a functional political system.

With respect and gratitude, we give our condolences to the families of civilians who fought for their rights so bravely. We also give our condolences to the families of the members of the armed forces who were killed in these unfortunate circumstances.