AMO letter to members of the Kurdish American Congressional Caucus
The Honorable Representative
US House of Representatives
Our country’s national interest might have required that you support the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) regime and the Barazani family that dominates it, hence your membership in the Kurdish American Congressional Caucus; however, history has shown that the national interests of the United States are better served when it supports democratically elected governments which reflect the will of the majority while protecting the rights of the minority.
The rights of the Assyrian minority in the Kurd dominated region are being abused by the KRG and the main Kurdish political party which is led by Masoud Barazani. The Deforce policies of the KRG against the indigenous Assyrians of Northern Iraq have been ongoing since 2003 and after the collapse of the regime in Baghdad, but in the last several years these planned acts of intimidation have reached intolerable levels.
We strongly believe the main reason for KRG brazenness is they are of the opinion that they have been successful in developing strong and friendly relations with Western governments and also that the region is strategically important to these governments, hence, Western democracies will turn a blind eye towards “trivial” land disputes and inconsequential demographic change especially if they’re carried out under the disguise of modernization. We also believe another equally important reason for the continuation of the unjust Deforce policies is due to the fact that no US official has ever filed a formal complaint with the KRG or publicly condemned their ill-treatment of the indigenous Assyrian Christians.
We are including with this communiqué an appeal for help by the residents of the Assyrian town of Mangesh which is located in the Nohadra (Duhok) province, one of three provinces controlled by the KRG. We’re confident that you will strongly denounce these acts with the KRG representation in DC as well as with its leadership in Iraq.
AN APPEAL TO THE WORLD FROM THE ASSYRIAN TOWN OF MANGESH
We demand that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and on behalf of the people of the town of Mangesh, stop their policies of intimidation in forcing the people of the town to vote for Kurdish supported candidates. We are appealing to civic and Human Rights organizations to put an end to these abuses by the Kurdish Regional Government.
We, the sons and daughters of the town of Mengesh are being harassed by Kurds and their agents in all aspects of our lives, below is a list of their bullying tactics:
1- We can’t freely vote for candidates running for political office
2- Our lands are stolen and we are not able to speak out
3- We are not able to join any political party other than Kurdish parties or those parties “owned” by Kurds.
4- We are not able to host any representative from any of our nation’s independent political parties.
5- We are not permitted to undertake any activity not sanctioned by the ruling Kurdish party (KDP)
6- We can’t form any organization or any cultural center outside the realm of Kurdish control.
7- Any individual that attempts to stay independent or tries to join a political party that is not under Kurdish domination and specifically under the hegemony of the KDP is attacked profusely and even prevented from earning a living.
8- Anyone who doesn’t blindly support the policies of the KDP is not be able to get a government job.
9- Individuals that don’t support the KDP or a political party controlled by the KDP are not able to register their lands in their names.
10- Members of the KDP have formed gangs to terrorize the residents of the town to intimidate them and to have complete control over their lives.
11- They (Kurds) monitor every person’s moves and if they become suspicious that a certain individual has any relations with another political party not controlled by them, that person is interrogated and is threatened.
For the above reasons we’re appealing to International Human Rights organizations and civil societies to help us stop Kurdish abuses because we have the right to live freely and we also have the right for self-determination.