Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
WED, 24 JUL 2019 02:08 Erbil, GMT +3
Source: KRG-DFR DFR publication date: SAT, 8 NOV 2014 12:05
KRG seeks recognition of ISIS crimes as acts of genocide

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, (DFR.KRG.org) – A Kurdistan Regional Government committee visited Europe last week to campaign for international recognition of ISIS’s crimes against religious and ethnic groups as acts of genocide.

The KRG High Committee on International Recognition for ISIS’s crimes against different religious and ethnic groups in Shengal and other areas of Kurdistan made the week-long visit to raise international awareness and to submit documents and evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

During the visit, members of the committee met with the president of the ICC and other organs of the court, several members of the European Parliament in Strasburg and Brussels, officials from the foreign ministries of the Netherlands and Belgium, the Amnesty International office in the Netherlands, the European Commission for External Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

At the meetings, members of the committee presented documents and evidence on the crimes committed by ISIS terrorists and called for moral and legal support from members of international community, the United Nations, European Union and ICC. The committee also discussed the possible legal mechanisms.

All of the delegations that met with the committee expressed their readiness to fully support the KRG in obtaining recognition for the crimes as acts of genocide. Several members of the European parliament, in support of the KRG’s efforts, promised to visit the Kurdistan Region to gain firsthand experience on the humanitarian situation.

Commenting on the committee’s visit, Minister Mustafa said, “We are committed to taking all the necessary steps to end, prosecute and punish the acts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed by the ISIS terrorists. The principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) obliges individual states and the international community to take effective measures to punish and prevent acts of genocide and crimes against humanity, if necessary also by military intervention or support of the local forces combating ISIS.”

The Committee was headed by Mahmoud Haji Salih, the Minister of Martyrs and Anfal affairs, and the members on the visit were Mohammed Qadir, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Amanj Rahim, Secretary of the Council of Ministers, and Hussein Qasim Hasson, expert in international law.  




Press Release by KRG Spokesperson: Detention in Turkey of Tourists from the Kurdistan Region
FRI, 19 JUL 2019 17:40

Several people from the Kurdistan Region were recently attacked in the Turkish city of Trabzon.

 
Statement by Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government following today’s shooting incident at a restaurant in Erbil.
WED, 17 JUL 2019 22:32

KRG Department of Foreign Relations condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack which caused the deaths of two people, including a Turkish diplomat, and the injury of one other person, and extends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.

 
KRG Statement on shooting incident in Erbil
WED, 17 JUL 2019 21:20

The Kurdistan Regional Government condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s shooting incident at a restaurant in Erbil, which resulted in the deaths of two people, including a Turkish diplomat, and the injury of one other person.

 

 

Safeen Dizayee takes office as the New Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations

TUE, 23 JUL 2019 10:55

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – In an senior Kurdistan Regional Government officials at the KRG Department of Foreign Relations on Sunday 21 July, Minister Safeen Dizayee assumed office as the new Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, taking over from former Minister and Head of DFR, Falah Mustafa.

 

Safeen Dizayee and Turkish Consul General discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations

TUE, 23 JUL 2019 10:04

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Safeen Dizayee, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations on Monday 22 July met with Mr Hakan Karacay, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Kurdistan Region.

 

Second Regular Meeting of KRG Council of Ministers

TUE, 23 JUL 2019 10:02

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Presided over by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan Region held its second regular meeting on 22 July 2019.

 

KRG Spokesperson: Main Perpetrator of Erbil Shooting Arrested

SUN, 21 JUL 2019 09:37

The main perpetrator responsible for the Erbil restaurant shooting on July 17 has now been arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Unit of Kurdistan Region, following a large-scale search operation. He has been named as Mazlum Dag.