Department of Foreign Relations
Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 9 DEC 2019 19:11 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.  




Minister Dizayee ends a productive week in Washington with senior US Administration meetings
SAT, 23 NOV 2019 09:21

Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – The Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Safeen Dizayee, rounded out a productive week in Washington with meetings with senior US officials at the White House and the departments of State, Energy, and Defense.

 
White House hosts Minister Dizayee for meeting on KRG-US partnership
THU, 21 NOV 2019 09:46

Minister Safeen Dizayee and Representative to the US Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman were hosted at the White House today for a meeting with Rob Greenway, the Special Assistant to President Donald Trump and Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, as well as staff of the National Security Council.

 
Minister Dizayee holds first round of Congressional meetings in Washington Washington, DC, USA
WED, 20 NOV 2019 09:10

Minister Dizayee, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, and KRG Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met in the Senate with Senator Jack Reed, Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee, and Senator Susan Collins, who sits on the Intelligence and Appropriations committees.

 

 

Minister Safeen Dizayee holds round table with EU countries’ diplomats in Erbil

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Minister Safeen Dizayee, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, on 8 December held a round table meeting with the diplomatic missions of the European Union countries in the Kurdistan Region. The EU diplomats were headed by Mr Vincent-Guillaume Poupeau, the Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, with the Consul Generals of Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria, and Deputy Consul General of France.

 

Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Safeen Dizayee: Iraqi Constitution not the cause of problems

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Prime Minister Masrour Barzani visits women’s centre on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

MON, 25 NOV 2019 22:34

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President Barzani receives US Vice President Mike Pence

SAT, 23 NOV 2019 20:48

His Excellency Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President stated his country’s appreciation for the IKR’s significant role in the fight against ISIS, and praised the IKR for the coexistence, religious and ethnic minorities protection and sheltering refugees and IDPs. He conveyed his and U.S. administration’s gratitude for the Peshmerga and the families of the fallen Peshmargas who lost their lives fighting against terror.