10/01/2013

The Arab dynasties in the Persian Gulf must stop supporting Islamists in Iraq and Syria!

Iraqi Kurdistan: Islamist rebels commit bomb attacks in Arbil

The Arab dynasties in the Persian Gulf must stop their financial, logistical and military support for Islamists in Iraq and Syria immediately. This claim was raised by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) following the two devastating bomb attacks committed by Islamist terrorists in Arbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. On Tuesday, the Göttingen-based international human rights organization sent an appeal to the federal Government to finally put an end to all weapon trades and arms exports to the Arab Gulf states.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) – which is associated to the international terrorist network al Qaeda – has claimed responsibility for the bombings in Arbil where six people had died and 62 had been injured on Sunday. They also claimed responsibility for the desecration and destruction of two Christian churches in the city of Rakka on September 26. There are attacks committed by this group's fighters against members of the non-Sunni and non-Arab population every day.

"Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the most peaceful countries in the Middle East. Germany should stop the arms exports immediately to set a clear example for this promising young democracy and to protect the civilian population in Syria from being terrorized by radical Islamists," says a letter from the STP's Secretary General, Tilman Zülch, to the federal government. Only ten days ago, on September 21, free democratic elections took place in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. International observers reported that the elections and the counting of the votes were fair and correct. 

A unique quota for the Middle East reserves eleven of the 111 seats in the regional parliament for the minority groups: five for a total of approximately 150,000 Christian Assyrian / Chaldean / Arameans, five for tens of thousands of Turkmens and one for about 1,500 Armenians. The STP, which has a section for Iraqi Kurdistan, also advocates for the introduction of a quota for the non-Muslim religious minority, the Yezidis. There are about 100,000 Yezidis among the 5.5 million people living in the autonomous region Kurdistan.