HRW reported in Kirkuk 350 prisoners

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Vinogradova in potamocorbula forces of Iraqi Kurdistan in Kirkuk province in Iraq. Archival photoHRW reported in Kirkuk 350 prisoners© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradova to the photobank

International Human Rights organization Human Rights Watch reports on the alleged disappearance of 350 prisoners held in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan.

As stated in the message of the organization, it is primarily on the displaced in the Kirkuk Arab Sunnis, and the inhabitants of the city, detained by the security forces of the regional government on suspicion of joining a terrorist group «Islamic state.»* As reported by activists, local officials, after Iraqi troops regained control over the district in October 2017, the prisoners are no longer in official and unofficial detention facilities in and around the city.

«Families in Kirkuk desperately want to know what happened to their detained relatives,» — said the Deputy head of the organizational unit in the middle East and North Africa, Lama Fakih.

According to the organization, November 7, dozens of people came to the demonstration in Kirkuk, demanding information about the detainees relatives. Then the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi has promised to investigate the disappearances. The next day, the former head of Committee on security of the Kirkuk provincial Council Azad Jabari has denied reports that the disappearances are the security forces of the Kurdistan regional government. He laid the blame on American troops, who had previously been in Kirkuk, adding that most of the materials about the disappeared belong to a period from 2003 to 2011.

In turn, the Governor of Kirkuk Rakan said HRW reported that a few days after the protests, security forces of the Kurdistan regional government gave to the Iraqi military in Kirkuk 105 other prisoners who were in the city, and then was transported to the city of Sulaymaniyah. He added that the Prime Minister’s office sent a delegation to Kirkuk to conduct further investigation.

Iraqi Federal forces in mid-October, after conducting an unrecognized referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurdistan regained control of the oil province of Kirkuk. The province is actually under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga troops, who stood against the militants. The decision of Baghdad to send security forces was taken because of disputes with the Kurdish autonomy over the ownership of Kirkuk.

Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization engaged in monitoring, investigating and documenting human rights violations in more than 70 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in the United States.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.