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Sep 25, 2017

Iraqi Turkmens: Kirkuk, Kurdish Referendum and Irredentist Violence

  The article below was published on The Intercept: Across Iraqi Kurdistan, a scene is starting to become familiar: young and old alike fill the public squares and parks clad in Kurdish dress, furiously waving Kurdish flags in a rallying cry for independence. “Long live Kurdistan!” they chant. The iconic red, white and green Kurdish flag, with a giant sun in the middle, was...

Sep 25, 2017

Iraqi Turkmens: Kirkuk, Kurdish Referendum and...

Photo courtesy of Marwan Ibrahim. Today’s [25 September 2017] Kurdish independence referendum is highly symbolic in the history of human rights and every people’s right to self-determination....

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Mar 17, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: A Semi-Autonomous Region to Protect...

  Below is an article published by Christian Daily.    In an interview with Breitbart, Turkmen Rescue Foundation chief Dr. Ali Akram Al Bayati, who is also a Shiite Turkmen, explained...

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Mar 07, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: Refugee Families Settle in Syrian...

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Mar 03, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: Prospective Iran-Iraq Oil Agreement...

  The article below was published by Kurdistan24: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Turkmen of Kirkuk are concerned about the Iran-Iraq deal to export Kirkuk oil to Iran. On Tuesday...

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Feb 15, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: Looking Ahead to the Future after...

  The following article was published by Al-Jazeera:   When fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group captured Kirkuk last October, hundreds of...

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Jan 30, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: Mass Grave Containing the Remains...

The article below was published by Iraqi News: Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An official source in the Joint Operations Command revealed that Iraqi army forces found a mass grave containing the remains of 27...

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Jan 19, 2017

HRW World Report 2017 Reminds Global Community...

According to the World Report’s emphasis, the most egregious human rights violations against indigenous populations in 2016 can be seen in the crackdowns on Oromo in Ethiopia, the lingering human...

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Jan 16, 2017

Iraqi Turkmen: TRF Denounces Politicization of...

Below is a statement published by the Turkmen Rescue Foundation: Despite the vicious attack perpetrated against the Iraqi people by gangs of crimes and terrors for more than a decade, and in spite of...

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Dec 10, 2016

Democracy and Rule of Law Are Human Rights

  On international Human Rights Day, UNPO reiterates its commitment to the promotion of democracy, rule of law, and human rights everywhere. The first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy...

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Nov 23, 2016

The Role of Women in the Middle East

Speakers from UNPO and the Rojhalat Women’s Organisation gave their views on "the role of women in the Middle East: how to obtain more rights for women and build up a better democracy". Moira Holden...

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Oct 31, 2016

Assyria/Iraqi Turkmen: European Parliament Passes...

  Below is an article published by the Assyrian International News Agency: A resolution to protect religious minorities including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq following the expected defeat of...

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Oct 24, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Bombing near Kirkuk Kills Scores...

The article below is courtesy of Turkmen Rescue Foundation The last events of Kirkuk province in Iraq on Friday, 21 October , 2016 including bombing by unknown aircraft on a Hussainia ( worship place...

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Oct 17, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Push for Self-Determination Gains...

To access the article published by Al-Monitor, please click here.

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Sep 06, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Over 600 Women and Children Still...

The article below is published by AhlulBaht News Agency More than 600 Shia Turkmen women and children remain under the control of the so-called Islamic State (IS), an Iraqi official said on Friday [2...

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Aug 19, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: IS Mustard Gas Attack Victims Brought...

The article below is published by Anadolu Agency Dozens of Iraqi Turkmen still suffering from a Daesh mustard gas attack earlier this year have been brought to Turkey for treatment, the Turkish Foreign...

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Aug 17, 2016

Iraq: Local and International Actors Continuously...

  Below is an article published by Middle East Eye: On 10 June 2014, militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) conquered the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s Nineveh province. By...

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Jun 23, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Leader Warns of Threat of Cultural...

  This article is courtesy of WorldBulletin.net An Iraqi Turkmen leader has warned that predominantly-Turkmen areas in Iraq are at risk due to increasing Arab and Kurdish cultural influences. Salihi,...

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Jun 02, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Marginalization Excludes Turkmen...

  Below is an article published by Andalou Agency:   Head of Iraqi Turkmen Front says Turkmen are being excluded from political process in Baghdad Arshad al-Salihi, head of the Iraqi Turkmen...

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May 12, 2016

Iraq Minority Components Advocate for Autonomous...

  The following is an article published by the Assyrian International News Agency:   If August 1914 shattered the received order of Europe forever, August 2014 dissolved the received tradition...

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May 12, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Village Left in Ruins After Daesh’s...

  The following is an article published by Daily Sabah: Nothing but ruins remains in the predominantly-Turkmen village of Bashir south of Kirkuk, where Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shia Hashd...

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Apr 27, 2016

Conflict in Tuzkhurmatu Reaches Alarming Level...

  Tuzkhurmatu, a small Turkmen town on the highway connecting Kirkuk to Baghdad, in Iraq, is a miniature of atrocities and human rights abuses caused by power politics in Iraq. According to our sources,...

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Apr 04, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Doubts Over Composition of New...

  Photo courtesy of Middle East Eye. Below is an article published by the Assyrian International News Agency:   Turkmen lawmakers on Saturday demanded to be represented in Iraq's new cabinet,...

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Mar 18, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Inside Taza Village after the Chemical...

  Below is an article by Vice News,   An acrid smell still hangs in the air in parts of Taza, and its narrow streets are unusually quiet. On March 8, Islamic State militants fired more than...

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Mar 11, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Tuz Khurmatu under ISIS Chemical...

Below is an article published by Anadolu Agency   Iraqi Turkmen officials said the terrorist Daesh group has carried out a chemical attack on the town of Tuz Khurmatu in the northern province of...

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Mar 04, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Suffering Continues in Syria and...

  Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency.  Below is an article published by Anadolu Agency:   Turkmen continue to suffer the most due to lack of security and clashes in Syria and Iraq, Ersad...

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Feb 29, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: On the Forefront of Fighting ISIS,...

  Below is a statement published by the Turkmen Rescue Foundation: Who is responsible for the marginalization of Iraqi Turkmen again? I do not want to go back to the history a lot because the suffering...

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Jan 14, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Trenches around Disputed Territories...

  Below is an article from Middle East Monitor  The northern Iraqi administration is digging trenches along the expansion of Rabia, west of Mosul in the Nineveh province, and reaching to...

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Jan 12, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen Delegation Pays Visit to UNPO Brussels...

  On 7 January 2016, Mr Mohamed Koja, Deputy Governor of Saladin Governorate of Iraq, and Dr Sheth Jerjis, Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation in the Netherlands, visited...

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Dec 01, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: UN Special Envoy Meets Head of...

  Below is an article published by Anadolu Agency:   The UN is making intense efforts to guarantee the rights of all people in Iraq, including the country’s Turkmen, UN Special Envoy...

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Nov 27, 2015

Turkmen in Syria and Iraq: A Forgotten People...

Below is an article by the Huffington Post: Negli ultimi giorni, ma non necessariamente nella stampa italiana, si è finalmente iniziato a parlare di turkmeni. Turkmeni siriani e iracheni. Poco...

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Nov 23, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Kurdish Suppression Threatening...

  Below is an article from ABNA:    Kurdish forces (Peshmergas) after their sporadic attacks on Shia city of "Tuz Khormato" eventually entered the town with dozens of armored vehicles...

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Nov 20, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi Human Rights Activists Under...

  No: 43  Date: 19 November 2015   Iraqi Human rights activists under threat At 18 November 11 pm colonel Mustafa Hasan Nusaief, Tuz Regiment commander called me by this No: +964770...

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Nov 13, 2015

Turkmen Town Under Attack

  While the Kurdish Peshmerga’s launch of an offensive to take Sinjar from ISIS is hitting the news, local sources report that on Thursday [12 November 2015], the Peshmerga attacked a group...

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Nov 12, 2015

UNPO Conference Highlights Urgency of Iraqi Turkmen...

Officially opening the conference, Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (ALDE) and UNPO’s Johanna Green, highlighted the importance of raising awareness of and garnering support for the oft-forgotten and neglected...

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Nov 11, 2015

UNPO announces European Parliament conference:...

11 November 2015 10:00-12:30 Altiero Spinelli A5G-1 European Parliament, Brussels   The rapid advance of ISIS forces across northern and central Iraq since June 2014 has created an unprecedented...

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Sep 08, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Austere Seclusion, Widely Unde...

Below is an article by Cihan News Agency Life is over for Sunni Arabs and Turkmens in Iraq. The Sunni Arabs and Turkmens who live in the north, the west and the centre of Iraq have been forced to pick...

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Aug 24, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Dissolution of Turkmen-led Ministry...

Below is article by Anadolu Agency   Iraqi Turkmen on Saturday [22 August 2015] continued to protest the dissolution of Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry last week, which had been headed by the...

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Aug 20, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Protests over Human Rights Ministry...

  Below is an article by Anadolu Agency Two Turkmen MPs in Iraq’s parliament have requested that the newly-dissolved Human Rights Ministry be restored or that former Rights Minister...

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Aug 14, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: ‘No’ to Biased Draft Const...

  Below is an article by Assyrian International News Agency A group of Turkmen and Christian lawmakers in the Kurdish parliament yesterday [11 August 2015] announced their withdrawal from "the...

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Aug 10, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: ISIS Massacre in Mosul Goes Unnoticed...

below is a statement published by The Turkmen Rescue Foundation The criminal ISIS organization announced two days ago through social media that they have executed approximately 2000 civilians in...

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Aug 04, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Ceaseless Discrimination in Kirkuk...

  Below is a statement issued by the TRSC   No:20 Date: 04 August 2015 Statement of Turkmen Rescue Supreme Commission [Kirkuk Governor’s racist policy against the Turkmen] After...

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Jul 28, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Daesh Targets Both Fighters and...

Below is an article published by News Fulton County:   The Daesh militant group has “killed 500 Turkmen fighters and displaced 200,000 Turkmen families” since June of last year, an Iraqi...

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Jul 22, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: MP Aidan Marouf Demands Greater...

Below is an article published by the Middle East Monitor:   A member of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, MP Aidan Marouf, has demanded that the country's president and prime minister should assign Turkmen...

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Jul 16, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Humanitarian Emergency Due to ongoing...

  Below there is an article published by Today’s Zaman:   Since the emergence of the modern state system in the Middle East, Turkmens have been among the subnational groups that have...

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Jun 24, 2015

Urgent Action For Iraq’s Vulnerable Components...

The United Nations announced that in June 2014, at least 1075 people have been killed in Iraq, since ISIS militants started their march to capture towns and cities. It was reported that at least 757 civilians...

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May 27, 2015

Tuz Khurmatu: Atrocities against Iraqi Turkmen...

On 25 May, two Turkmen citizens, namely Mr Mehdi Hasan and Mr Ali Muhammed Mehdi, have been shot dead in the town of Nameer near the post office in front of their houses, while a number of other individuals...

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May 07, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Minorities United Against US Bill...

Below is an article published by PressTv: The Iraqi Turkmens and Christians have stressed that such a move would be the first step toward dividing Iraq, which could jeopardize Iraq’s future. “If...

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Apr 10, 2015

Turkmen Kidnapped by ISIS; Yezidis Escape

Below is an article published by Middle East Monitor: Iraqi Turkmen MP, Nahla Hussein, disclosed on Tuesday [7 April 2015] the kidnapping of 416 Turkmen by ISIS during the past few months, Anadolu...

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Mar 20, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi Troops and Militias Have...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:   A rights watchdog says Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias looted and burned homes and destroyed villages after breaking Islamic State (IS) militants'...

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Mar 10, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Over 200 Women Abducted by ISIS...

  Below is an article published by Middle East Monitor: More than 200 Iraqi Turkmen women have been abducted by militants affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) and are still awaiting rescue,...

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Feb 27, 2015

UNPO Strongly Condemns the Destruction of Iraq’s...

Below is an article published by The Guardian:    Reports this week that Mosul’s central library has been ransacked by Isis and 100,000 books and manuscripts burned has cast an international...

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Feb 23, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: 450 Turkmen Civilians Remain in...

  Below is an article published by NRT   Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have kidnapped 450 Turkmen civilians in Iraq, the president of the Turkmen Saving Foundation announced...

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Feb 09, 2015

New Power Balance in Iraq leaves Question of ‘Occupation’...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: It is no secret that Middle Eastern countries, with few if any exception, would not support a future independent Kurdistan, despite several regional countries'...

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Jan 27, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Refugee Speaks of Neglect from...

To know more about the situation in Iraq after the invasion by the Islamic State, you can follow our timeline. Below is an article published by BGN News Since arriving in Turkey, the [Iraqi Turkmen]...

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Jan 05, 2015

Iraqi Turkmen: Humanitarian Support in Northern...

Below is an article published by Hurriyet Daily News: The Turkish Red Crescent distributed aid to at least 500 Turkmen families fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq’s northern...

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Dec 11, 2014

IS Persecution brings Renewed Suffering for the...

The Turkmen are descendants of the Oghuz tribes originating from Central Asia. They settled in the area more than 1400 years ago and much of their recent history has been closely linked with the decline...

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Dec 10, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Families Start to Return Home in...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:   Iraqi Shiite Turkmen families began to return to their destroyed homes on Tuesday [9 December 2014] after months of displacement, according to...

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Dec 05, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Concern for Limited Representation...

Below is an article published by WorldBulletin: Turkmen and Christian deputies of the Kurdish Regional Government’s parliament in Iraq decided Wednesday [03 December 2014] to boycott parliamentary...

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Nov 28, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: UN Deputy Secretary-General Says...

  Below is an article published by UN News Centre: It is the international community’s duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world...

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Nov 20, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: UN High Commissioner for Human...

Photo courtesy of Un Geneva@flickr Below is the statement by Mr Al Hussein, published by the UNHCHR: Mr. President, I am delighted to return to the Security Council in my new role as and I thank you,...

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Nov 03, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkmen Language Granted Official...

The parliament of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has declared the Turkmen language as one of its official languages. "Apart from Arabic and Kurdish, the Turkmen language will now...

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Oct 27, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: ITF Calls for Immediate Assistance...

Below is an article published by Todays Zaman;   Iraqi Turkmens who have been the target of the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for months said on Saturday [25 October 2014]...

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Oct 16, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Struggling to Survive in the Middle...

Below is an article published by Fair Observer: Syria and Iraq are now one battleground involving local militants, governments and foreign jihadists. In this mix, ethnic Turkmen are the largest population...

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Oct 02, 2014

UN Accuses Islamic State of Committing a ‘Staggering...

Below is an article published by BBC News:   A "staggering array" of human rights abuses has been committed by Islamic State (IS) militants and associated armed groups over a nine-week period in...

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Sep 22, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: 350,000 Refugees Facing Starvation...

Below is an article published by the Daily Sabah:   More than 350,000 Turkmens, who have become asylum seekers due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq, are "in danger of starvation," according to a...

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Aug 06, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkey Builds Camp for Refugee...

Below is an article published by WorldBulletin: Turkey already hosts more than a million refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria, of whom 300,000 live in state-run camps. During the 1991 Gulf...

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Jul 22, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Intense Summer Heat Poses Danger...

Below is an article published by Hurriyet Daily News:   A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Iraq as Turkmens who fled the advance of the feared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are...

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Jun 25, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Minorities Face Discrimination...

Below is an article published by AINA   The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO), an NGO based in Baghdad, Iraq, monitors the human rights situation in Iraq, particularly of minorities...

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Jun 05, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkish Officials Decry Persisting...

Below is an article published by Business Recorder: Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned recent attacks on Turkmen in Iraq in a written statement on Friday [30 May 2014]. According to the ministry's...

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May 13, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: ITF Leader Speaks On Current C...

Below is an article by The Majalla: The leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front speaks to The Majalla about the challenges facing his party and the minority he represents. Arshad Al-Salihi feels Iraq’s...

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Apr 28, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Voting For Peace and Stability

Below is an article published by TurkishPress: Iraqi people will go to the polls on April 30 [2014] to participate in the first national election since the U.S. troops withdrew from the country in...

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Apr 18, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Approaching Elections Stir Tensions...

Below is an article published by AINA: Election campaigning in the multi-ethnic province of Kirkuk is causing tension in the disputed territory. Campaigners have come to blows, local police have put a...

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Mar 21, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Government Protection Urgently...

Below is an article published by : World Bulletin Arshad al-Salehi, head of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, has described recent attacks on front members as a "plot" aimed at scaring Iraqi Turkmens into fleeing...

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Mar 19, 2014

UNPO’s UPR Reports Denounce Human Rights Situation...

Photo by Izahorsky On the occasion of the 20th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, UNPO has submitted two reports denouncing the human rights situation in the Republic of Iraq and...

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Mar 18, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Official Shot Dead in Northern...

Below is an article published by Turkish Press: An Iraqi Turkmen Front official was gunned down Monday [17 March 2014] in the northern Nineveh province, a lawmaker said.Zahid Ismail was shot dead by unidentified...

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Mar 10, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Security Challenges Addressed...

 Below is a written question published in Hansard,United Kingdom Parliament: Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool   To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made...

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Feb 25, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Demands For Representation In Local...

Below is an article from the World Bulletin: The Turkmen community in the northern Iraqi province of Diayala are demanding high-level representation in the provincial government. "The Turkmens of Diyala...

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Feb 11, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Hopes To Increase Influence On...

Below is an article published by Worldbulletin News: Iraqi Turkmen expect democracy, rights and respect for human dignity after the April 30 [2014] elections, in which they aim to win more seats in parliament. “We...

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Jan 14, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkmen Becomes Language of Ed...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin:  A new law amendment in Iraq will allow Turkmen, Syriac and Asuri people to open schools in their localities for education in their mother tongue,...

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Jan 09, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Recognition of Three More Languages...

Below is an article by World Bulletin: Turkmen, Syriac and Assyrian were recognized as official languages in Iraq, bringing the number of official languages in the country to five after Arabic and Kurdish. The...

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Dec 09, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Assimilation Risk In Iraq

Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman:  Attacks against Iraqi Turkmen, which seem to have significantly increased in the past two years, could at this rate lead to the assimilation...

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Dec 03, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: ITF Chairman Survives Assassination...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin:  Assassination attempt targeted the Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Arshad al-Salihi in Iraqi province of Kirkuk on Sunday [1 December 2013]. A...

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Nov 27, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: ITF Coordinator Discusses Iraq-Turkey...

Below is an article published by European – Turkmen Friendships: The Coordinator of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) and Turkey Representative Dr. Hicran Kazancı participated in a program titled...

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Nov 18, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Series Of Bomb Attacks In Northern...

Below is an article published by the Iraqi Turkmen Front: Three suicide bombers and 12 roadside bombs ripped through Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad. The attacks occurred before...

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Oct 15, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Fear for Political Balance in Kirkuk...

Below is an article by: Irinnews The scrapping of part of a law encouraging political balance in Iraq’s most ethnically divided province has added to growing pessimism among residents of Kirkuk...

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Oct 10, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: School Children And Police Targeted...

Below is an article published by Avrupa Times: Two suicide truck bombers blew themselves up almost simultaneously at a police station and a school in al-Kubbak, a predominantly Turkmen area in the northern...

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Sep 24, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Side Event For The Iraqi...

On the 20 September 2013, the UNPO with sponsorship from the Non-Violent Radical Party hosted the side event: “Iraqi Turkmen: Unveiling Repression in Iraq.” The panel discussion focused on...

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Aug 29, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Unveiling Repression in Iraq

  Friday, 20th September 2013, 14.00-16.00 Palais des Nations, room XXIV Geneva, Switzerland Iraqi Turkmen: Unveiling Repression in Iraq On behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization...

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Aug 28, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: A Step Forward For Turkmen-Kurdish...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Ali Huseyin, the ITF candidate of Sulaimania, considered the decision to participate in the parliamentary elections, a contribution to the consolidation...

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Jul 29, 2013

United Nations Security Council Urged To Intervene...

Following a series of rapidly increasing attacks against ethnic Turkmen in Iraq, including the recent suicide attacks of 25 June 2013 in Tuz Khurmato, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization...

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Jul 12, 2013

Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Kirkuk...

Today, 14 July 2013, marks the 54th anniversary of the Kirkuk massacre of the Iraqi Turkmens. On this day in 1959 animosity towards the Iraqi Turkmens came to a head in Kirkuk, and erupted in a spectacle...

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Jul 03, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Tuz Khormato Weeps For Recent ...

  Below is an article published by WorldBulletin:   With continuous bombs, the Iraqi Turkmen region of Tuz Khormato has recently turned into ruins due to the recent deadly attacks targeting...

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Jun 27, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Mourners Gather to Honour Leader’s...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Hundreds of ethnic Turkoman mourners have attended the funeral of a deputy leader of their minority group who was killed in a double suicide bombing...

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Jun 26, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: Suicide Bombers Attack Peaceful...

Below is an article by Al Jazeera:     Two suicide bombers have attacked a tent packed with protesters in northern Iraq, killing at least eight people and wounding 51 others, officials say.   A...

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Jun 13, 2013

Ethnic Minorities and Religious Groups in Ira...

The Delegation for Relations with Iraq will be holding a hearing dedicated to the situation of Ethnic Minorities and Religious Groups in Iraq   Thursday, 20 June 2013, 9.15 – 11.15Room ASP...

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Jun 12, 2013

Independent Commissioners for Human Rights and...

Geneva, 6 June 2013 UNPO, Minority Rights Group International and the Nonviolent Radical Party brought together scholars, politicians and activists for a side event to the 23rd Human Rights Council Session. ...

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Apr 04, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen : Political Leader Denounces Continuing...

Below is an article published by Turkish Press:  Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Ersat Salihi said that "the massacres conducted in Turkmen region of Iraq now continued in different forms". Speaking...

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Mar 15, 2013

European Parliament Urges Protection For Iraqi...

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Feb 04, 2013

UNPO Urges Action To Protect Iraqi Turkmen

    UNPO General Secretary Calls for Urgent Action Regarding the Iraqi Turkmen *    *    * European Parliament Must Urge Iraqi Government To Provide Safe...

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Jan 25, 2013

Iraqi Turkmen: At Least 35 Killed At Turkmen Funeral...

Below is an article published by the New York Times: A crowded tent full of Turkmen mourners in northern Iraq was transformed into a mass killing ground on Wednesday [23 January 2013] by a suicide bombing...

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Dec 26, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Potential Casualties Of Iraqi ...

Below is an article published by Turkish Weekly: Iraqi Turkmen Front Chairman (ITF) and Kirkuk Deputy Ersad Salihi has said that the tension between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's army units and...

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Oct 29, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Talabani Promises Turkmen Prov...

To access the article published by Al-Monitor, please click here.

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Sep 28, 2012

UNPO Hosts ‘Religious And National Minorities...

With this year’s 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Minority Rights, it is more crucial than ever before to bring up the issue of the rights of minorities to enjoy their own cultures...

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Sep 07, 2012

INVITATION: Parallel Event at the 21st Session...

Uncovering human rights situation in Iran and Iraq and implications from the Arab Spring On behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), you are cordially invited to attend UNPO’s...

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Aug 01, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Turmoil Continues in Kirkuk

Below is an article published by Rudaw News: Xalil Mahmoud, 72, was sitting on a chair outside his home in the Domis district of central Kirkuk, describing the state of his city, when the sound of a thunderous...

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Jun 12, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Kirkuk Issue Creates Tension

Below is an article published by Al Monitor: Arshad Salhi, head of the Turkmen Front in Iraq (established in 1995 as a movement which seeks to represent the Turkmen people in Iraq), demanded that the...

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May 15, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkmen Leader Meets With Turkish...

Below is an article published by the Turkish Weekly: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday met with Esad Salihi, leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.  The...

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Apr 24, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Calls For Turkmen Federal Parliament...

Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman: Turkmen have demanded the speaker of the federal parliament in Iraq be a Turkmen. Abbas Beyatlı, a deputy in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's...

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Mar 28, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Commemoration Of The Altunköprü...

Below is an article published by The Iraqi Turkmen Front: Exactly 21 years ago on the 28th of March 1991 security forces affiliated with Saddam’s army organized an armed attack against unarmed...

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Jan 27, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Government Plans Land Restoration...

Below is an article by AKnews: Speaking to AKnews, Kheyrullah Hassan, Iraqi Trade Minister (a Kurd) told AKnews that the minister will work to annul nine orders by Saddam Hussein's deposed regime under...

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Jan 20, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Future at Risk

Below is an article published by the Hurriyet Daily News: Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front Arshad al-Salehi said the future of Turkmen in Iraq was in danger. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, al-Salehi...

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Jan 02, 2012

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi blocs threaten Turkmen after...

The following article was published by Today’s Zaman   Although most fear a collision of both a sectarian and ethnic nature is awaiting Iraq in the post-US era, experts believe threats from...

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Dec 28, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Trials of Employment in Kirkuk

Below is an article published by Rudaw: Yusuf Muhammad, 37, a resident of Kirkuk, feels sorry for not seeing a better and safer Kirkuk where he could find a job. Muhammad who has a graduate degree told...

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Dec 19, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Minorities Need EU Support

Below is an article written by Metin Kazak, MEP When people are kidnapped in Kirkuk they disappear.  Some do return to their families after large ransoms are paid while others become the victims...

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Dec 02, 2011

Landmark Turkmen Hearing at European Parliame...

Below is a press release issued by the Office of Metin Kazak MEP and UNPO:  At the initiative of Mr Metin Kazak MEP, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the European Parliament will...

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Nov 16, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Ethnic Groups Share Security Fears...

Below is an article published by Reuters: In Iraq's northern oil city Kirkuk, home to a volatile mix of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen, politicians and residents fear a possible explosion of ethnic conflict...

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Oct 12, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Landowners Protest Land Seizur...

Below is an article published by Alsumaria: Tens of Iraqi Turkmen from Kirkuk demonstrated, on Sunday, calling to reclaim their lands that were confiscated by the former regime and to call for the amendment...

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Sep 19, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Two Killed During Kirkuk Attac...

Below is an article published by Shanghai Daily: Two security forces members were killed and four others wounded in bomb and gunfire attacks in central and northern Iraq on Sunday [insert date], the police...

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Jul 14, 2011

Metin Kazak MEP Announces Iraqi Turkmen Heari...

The city of Kirkuk has experienced a significant increase in violence, targeted at ethnic groups, in the months leading up to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.  While the reconstruction effort in the...

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Jul 06, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Doctors Targeted As Abductions...

Below is an article published by Rudaw: Kirkuk doctors are concerned about the recent kidnapping of several doctors and their family members, underlining security concerns ahead of the US troop withdrawal...

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May 13, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Leader Survives Attack in Kirk...

Below is an article published by Todays Zaman   Unidentified people installed explosives in the house of the provincial head of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) in Kirkuk, , but the politician and...

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Apr 01, 2011

Roundtable: Iraq After the Jasmine Revolution...

The Middle East and North Africa are in a state of flux, as decades old dictatorships are collapsing. With the popular uprisings still continuing, it near impossible to predict what the outcome of these...

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Mar 30, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkish Premier Erdogan in Ira...

Below is an article published by Turkish Weekly:  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently visiting Iraq, met with Turkmen ministers and parliamentarians over dinner on Monday...

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Mar 29, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Students Clash In Iraq’s Kir...

  Below is an article published by: Khaleej Times.Hundreds of Turkmen and Kurdish students clashed on Monday in Iraq’s disputed northern city of Kirkuk after Turkmen students tried to hold...

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Mar 24, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: 'More Than 1,000 Political...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:  The report by the Human Rights House of Iran (HRHI), which is based outside Iran, says at least 1,256 people including students and journalists...

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Feb 15, 2011

Iraqi Turkmen: Parliament Discusses Adjustment...

Below is an article published by Aswat Al Iraq: The Iraqi Parliament is scheduled to discuss the adjustment of the draft-law on the Vice-Presidents on Monday [14 February 2011], expected to elect a fourth...

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Nov 26, 2010

Human rights: Burma, Iraq, Tibet

  Below is a press release  published by the European Parliament:   Burma MEPs welcome the recent release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi but are concerned about her safety...

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Sep 15, 2010

Amnesty International releases new report focusing...

  On Monday September 13, Amnesty International released a report on the situation in Iraq concerning the detention and disappearance of individuals, which includes those from UNPO members Iraqi...

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Jul 08, 2010

Iraqi Turkmen: Leaders Call For Greater Secur...

   Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Khalid al-Mafraji said many prominent members of the two communities in Kirkuk have been targeted in assassinations and other attacks over...

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May 04, 2010

2010 Conference - Reconciliation in Iraq

Finding Solutions to the Disputes in the North10 June 201010h00  – 14h00European Parliament, BrusselsThe various communities of Northern Iraq have differing views for the future of the region....

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Mar 18, 2010

Iraq Kurdistan: Regional Government Statement...

 Below is an article published by: PR NewswireOn this, the 22nd anniversary of the Genocide of Halabja—which took the lives of more than 5,000 Kurdish civilians, including women and children—the...

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Feb 10, 2010

Iraqi Turkmen: Concerns Remain Over Joint Pat...

Below is an article published by UPI.com: A joint security force in the north of Iraq is a divisive issue among Kurdish supporters and opponents in the Arab and Turkmen community, leaders say. A...

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Dec 22, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: SOITM Informs United Nations

Below is an excerpt from the United Nations:According to the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation (SOITM), federalism related paragraphs remain the most controversial subjects to be amended in...

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Nov 25, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Minorities in Northern Iraq Ta...

 Below is an article published by the: Earth Times A political party representing ethnic minority Turkmen in northern Iraq on Monday [23 November 2009] called for the creation of a Turkmen militia...

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Nov 23, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi Turkmen Politician Killed...

 Below is an article published by AFP:  "Armed men opened fire at Yauz Ahmad Efendi before making their escape," a police official told AFP. Efendi was a member of the executive...

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Sep 10, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Arabs, Turkmen Reject Plans for...

   Below is an article published by UPI :    Iraqi Arab and Turkmen leaders have rejected a plan to deploy a trilateral military contingent in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk....

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Sep 09, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi Turkmen Groups Agree on Joint...

  Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman :   Representatives of more than 20 Iraqi Turkmen groups who gathered in Ankara last week released a joint declaration on Sunday...

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Sep 07, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: President Gül Calls for Unity...

Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman:Turkish President Abdullah Gül said on Thursday [5 September 2009] at an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) hosted for Iraqi Turkmen opinion leaders...

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Sep 04, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Iraqi-Kurd Differences Delay Census...

Below is an article published by Reuters :  Iraq has delayed by a year a plan to hold its first nationwide census in two decades, the government spokesman said on Monday [31 August 2009]. The proposal...

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Jul 14, 2009

Iraqi Turkmens: Head of Turkmen Reform List Speaks...

   Below is an article published by the Kurdish Globe: The Kurdish Globe met Abdul Qadir Bazirgan, head of the Turkmen Reform List, to discuss the Kurdistan Parliamentary and presidential...

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Apr 23, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: UNAMI On Disputed Territories

   Below is an article published by the Middle East Times:BAGHDAD, April 22 (UPI) -- The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq submitted a report Wednesday on the so-called disputed territories...

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Feb 17, 2009

Iraqi Turkmen: Hopes For A Better Future

   Below is an article published by: The Christian Post  The Assyrian Christian population in a northern Iraqi province expressed hope for a better future under the province’s...

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Feb 12, 2009

Observation Mission Report: Iraq Provincial Elections...

  Click here for a PDF of the full report .   On January 31st, 2009, Iraqis cast their ballots for the third time since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The last provincial and parliamentary...

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Dec 22, 2008

Iraqi Turkmen: Unity in Wake of Attack

  Below is an article published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Kirkuk leaders have vowed that the city will remain united despite a recent suicide bombing that appeared to target...

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Sep 26, 2008

Iraqi Turkmen: Minorities Removed from Parliament...

Below is an article published by The International Herald Tribune:After months of negotiation, Iraq's Parliament passed a crucial election law on Wednesday [24 September 2008], but only by setting...

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Aug 18, 2008

Iraqi Kurdistan: Police Fire On Demo

Below is an article published by Reuters:One person was killed and four injured when police fired on demonstrators on Sunday [17 August 2008] in Iraq's normally quiet autonomous Kurdish region.The...

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Jun 22, 2008

Iraq: Defining Alternatives to the Kerkuk Pro...

Kerkuk Problem and Article 140: Defining Alternatives The views of Kerkuk’s Turkmen and Arabs European Parliament, Brussels - 23 June 2008 - Iraq is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country,...

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Jun 19, 2008

Conference in Brussels on the Kerkuk Problem

  Kerkuk Problem and Article 140: Defining Alternatives The views of Kerkuk’s Turkmen and Arabs European Parliament, Brussels - 23 June 2008 - 13.00 - 16.30 Iraq is a multi-ethnic...

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Jan 18, 2008

Conference held in Venice on the Future of Ki...

  No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the International Alliance for Justice (IAJ) organised a Conference on “DiverCities - Mixed Cities and Disputed Areas: Local Approaches to Federal Democracy”...

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Nov 23, 2007

Iraq: Conference Builds Confidence

Human rights and civil society in Iraq took centre stage at a conference attended by representatives from the country's Government, Iraqi civil society, dignitaries from Jordan, the European Commission...

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Jul 31, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkey Reacts to Attack

Turkey has firmly condemned a deadly attack on the office of the Iraqi Turkmen Front in Yengice, calling for a delay in the referendum on Kirkuk in anticipation of a census. Below are extracts from an...

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Jul 02, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: Envoys Discuss the Status of K...

On a visit to the USA, the delegation of the Iraqi Turkmen Front presented the normalization of security in Kirkuk as a prerequisite to a referendum on the city’s status. Below are extracts from...

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Jun 22, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: Lobbying Mission to Washington

A delegation of Iraqi Turkmen leaders are going to the United States on a lobbying mission to discuss the status of Turkmen in Iraq and the future of the disputed city of Kirkuk. Below is an article written...

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Jun 19, 2007

Iraq: Ethnic Tensions Contained In Kirkuk

While Baghdad and other Iraqi cities are torn apart by violence, much effort is being done to contain ethnic tensions in Kirkuk ahead of a crucial referendum. Below are extracts from an article written...

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Apr 20, 2007

Iraq: What To Do With Kirkuk

Below is an article published by International Crisis Group: A new approach is urgently needed to settle the status of Kirkuk, where security is deteriorating and an explosion of ethnic tensions could...

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Mar 29, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: The Human Rights Situation and...

– Press Release –  European Parliament Hears of Human Rights Violations and a Crisis in Kerkuk   Iraq’s Turkmen Speak of ongoing MarginalisationConference organised...

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Mar 23, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: Living in Fear

Below is an extract from a written statement submitted to the Fourth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic,...

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Mar 23, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: The Human Rights Situation and...

  “Iraqi Turkmen: The Human Rights Situation and Crisis in Kerkuk"  26 – 27 March 2007European Parliament, Brussels (ASP 5G1)Organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation...

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Jan 18, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: Challenges Surrounding Kirkuk

Below is an article published by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: On January 14, in a rare show of unity, Sunni and Shiite Arab, Turkmen, and Christian Iraqis gathered at a conference in...

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Jan 17, 2007

Iraqi Turkmen: UN Warns of Looming Crisis

Below is an article written by Mark Tran and published by The Guardian; The deteriorating human rights situation in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq could be a prelude to a looming crisis...

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Dec 06, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Watershed US Report On Iraq Set...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A high-level independent US panel is to release proposals for a change of course in Iraq, as Iraq's prime minister called for peace talks among his country's bitterly divided factions. The...

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Dec 04, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: U.N. Secretary General Says Iraq...

Below is an article published on the New York Times Website: BAGHDAD, Dec. 3 — Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, said Sunday that Iraq had descended into a civil war that was even...

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Oct 26, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Dissident Released From Psychiatric...

Olga Tejenova told RFE/RL from Moscow today that her 70-year-old father is currently in a hospital in the eastern city of Turkmenabat, formerly known as Charjew.   "My neighbor called me...

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Sep 05, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Results Notification of the Consultation...

Below is the statement released by the Iraqi Turkmen Front: The Results of the 2nd Consultation Meeting which was organized by the Iraqi Turkmen Front and the participation of Turkmen organizations...

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Aug 30, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Protest Kerkuk City Council

This week the Turkmen group in the Kerkuk City Council protested the lack of Turkmen representation in the recent appointment of the Kerkuk City Normalization Committee Press Release by Iraqi Turkmen...

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Jul 31, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Indigenous Peoples and Current...

Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Foundation presents statement to UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations Mr. Chairperson, Honourable delegates, Ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured today to have...

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Jul 18, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkmen Leader Survives Second...

Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Sadettin Ergec survived a bomb attack on Saturday evening in the Iraqi city of Kerkuk (Kirkuk). ITF Chairman Ergec escaped unharmed in the assassination attempt...

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Jul 18, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Turkmeni Cafe in Kirkuk Hit By...

A cafe frequented by ethnic Turkmeni citizens 80 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk was hit yesterday by a suicide bomber. Initial estimates are that 25 Turkmeni were killed in the attack. Ahmet Muratli,...

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Mar 20, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Establishment of Iraqi Turkmen...

The former Iraqi regime distorted the demography of Iraqi society and politics to create a dissolved community and dictate the Ba’ath ideology to the Iraqis. This severely harmed all sections...

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Jan 31, 2006

Iraqi Turkmen: Talabani on Autonomy for Turkm...

Kurds are working on a plan to give Turkmens autonomy in areas in which they are a majority. Therefore, they are drafting a new constitution for Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Talabani says ‘Terrorism,...

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Dec 21, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen: Losing Out in Elections

Below is an extract from a press statement by the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation (SOITM) released on 21 December 2005. “Mainly, the Turkmen are losing in the inevitable...

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Sep 28, 2005

Iraqi Turkman Denounce Manipulations Concerning...

In his latest report1 SOITM presented one more aspect of manipulation in the preceding Iraqi general election and asserted that there will be extensive manipulation in the forthcoming voting processes....

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Sep 15, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen: Declaration of the Turkmen Committee...

Turkmen Committee working for two months has been monitoring closely the constitution drafting process which will determine the future of Iraq. The Committee has been carrying out its activities...

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Aug 16, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen Underlines Undemocratic Aspects...

Untitled Document SOITM Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation Report Date: Augustus 16, 2005 Our: H/16-05/L/3 Subject: Undemocratic aspects of the new...

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Jun 16, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen: US Memo Tells of Abductions of...

Police and security units, forces led by Kurdish political parties and backed by the U.S. military, have abducted hundreds of minority Arabs and Turkmens in Kirkuk and spirited them to prisons...

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May 13, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen Representatives in Europe Meet in...

Untitled Document Press Release from the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation (SOITM) Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation (SOITM) organized a two days conference...

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Apr 08, 2005

Iraqi Kurdish minority gets major role in Ira...

Untitled Document BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Kurdish militia leader who fought Saddam Hussein for decades was named president on Wednesday by Iraq's National Assembly as Hussein watched the...

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Mar 08, 2005

Iraqi Turkmen: Kurdish-Turkmen Plan to Grab Kirkuk`s...

Iraq’s newly-elected National Assembly holds its first session in Baghdad in nine days time, to embark on the road to democratic institutins - a new president, deputy presidents, prime minister,...

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Feb 23, 2005

Iraqi Turkoman: Top UN Envoy Repeats Need for...

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq continued consultations with Iraqi leaders across the political spectrum today, pledging the world body’s support for broad-based national dialogue to...

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Feb 10, 2005

Iraqi Turkoman: Iraq - Thousands were Unable to...

Iraq's Higher Independent Electoral Commission (HIEC) confirmed this week that threats and security fears kept most Sunni people away from the polls on 30 January, in areas around the northern...

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Jan 26, 2005

Iraqi Turkoman: Kirkuk Parties Upset at Kurdish...

Turkoman and Arab parties in Kirkuk are protesting against a ruling by Iraq’s Independent Electoral Commission that some 72,000 Kurds who have returned to the area since the fall of Saddam...

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Jan 17, 2005

Iraqi Turkman Group Threatens To Boycott Iraqi...

An Iraqi Turkmen party Thursday threatened to boycott the January 30 elections in the conflict-torn country unless Kurds in northern Iraq put an end to "games" to influence the outcome...

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Jan 11, 2005

Iraqi Turkoman: "US-made" Kerkuk City Council...

In a previous report from SOITM entitled “Violation of the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Continues”1, we reported on how the US occupation authorities in Iraq have arbitrarily and unfairly...

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Dec 01, 2004

Iraqi Turkoman: Worried By Kurdish Ambitions,...

Untitled Document The main speaker at last week's conference was Scott Taylor, a Canadian journalist who has written extensively on Iraq. His latest work is "Among The 'Others':...

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Nov 29, 2004

Iraqi Turkoman: Signs of Imminent Danger in Kerkuk...

Untitled Document Immediately after the occupation of Iraq by the US troops, the Kurds took control of Kerkuk and initiated their attempts to Kurdicize this originally Turkmen city....

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Sep 10, 2004

Iraqi Kurdistan: Ankara Discusses PKK with Iraqi...

Untitled Document Ankara made known to prominent members of Iraq's Kurdish groups Turkey's sensitivities about the activities of the Kurdish Workers' Party and Kurdish People's...

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Jun 11, 2004

Iraqi Turkoman: Iraqi Turkmen Front withdraws...

Kerkuk: Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) decided to withdraw from the Peace Convention in Kerkuk in which it was the main participant. The convention was prepared in order to achieve peace between...

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2009: Election Observation Mission: Iraq Provincial...

  Election Observation Mission: Iraq Provincial ElectionsJanuary 28 – February 3, 2009Dohuk, Iraq Mr. Andrew Swan and Ms. Maggie Murphy of UNPO formed a joint Election Observation team with...

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2009 Election Monitoring Mission: Kurdistan Elections...

Monday, 17 August 2009    The UNPO Election Observation Mission (EOM) has today published its report of the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 25 July 2009 in the Kurdistan...

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2007 – 2010 Conference Series: Iraq Minority...

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