وفد من تيار الديمقراطيين العراقيين في كندا يجتمع مع النائب شون شين
إجتمع عصر الخميس٣٠ حزيران، عضو البرلمان الفيدرالي الكندي السيد شون شين بوفد من تيار الديمقراطيين العراقيين في كندا ( العراق الديمقراطي املنا ) . واستمع السيد النائب باهتمام الى الشرح الذي قدمه أعضاء الوفد حول الوضع في العراق والظروف الشاقة الذي يواجهها الشعب العراقي ، بمواجهة عصابات داعش المتوحشة، من جهة، ومقاومة الفساد المريع المتغلغل في كل الهيئات الحكومية والكتل السياسية، من جهة اخرى. وقدم الوفد ملفين يتضمن احدهما تقرير عن جرائم داعش مدعماً بالصور، و اخر عن الحراك الشعبي والقمع الذي تعرض اليه المتظاهرين مؤخراً.
وفي نهاية اللقاء وعد السيد شون شين إيصال مطالبنا بدعم الشعب العراقي وتقديم المساعدات العاجلة للنازحين والمهاجرين، كذلك وعد باستضافة أعضاء من التيار الديمقراطي ليقدموا شهاداتهم عن الانتهاكات المروعة لحقوق الانسان التي ارتكبته داعش ضد أبناء الشعب العراقي، وذلك امام البرلمان الكندي في اوتاوا قريباً
التقرير الذي قدمه الوفد للسيد شين شون عضو البرلمان الفدرالي الكندي.
Current Report on the Situation of Iraq & Call for Action
The situation in Iraq since the occupation of Iraq in 2003 has been indeed very turbulent and bloody. The Qaida insurgency movement which started few months after the occupation and was partially defeated in 2008 has resurfaced in the form of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). Since December 2013 the Iraqi people have been in a vicious battle with ISIS who carved 30% of Iraq until they were recently defeated in much of the Anbar and Salaheldin provinces, but are still entrenched in Mosul province.
The challenge of ISIS is at last being met now by the Iraqi army, police and the popular forces with huge sacrifices in men and property. The civilian population has suffered greatly, and is still suffering, and many people are now inner refugees in Iraq. We hope that this fight will be over soon and that ISIS is defeated. Canada’s military support to Iraq is highly appreciated but is required to continue until the conflict is finished. However, we look forward also to assistance and help from Canada to the huge number of displaced civilians. Hundreds of thousands of people have little to eat, homeless and are in great stress due to lack of water and health services. They have also suffered from the brutality of ISIS on women and children. Many people are being killed continuously by ISIS terrorist acts. Canada, with its fantastic record in helping distressed nations, can extend humanitarian assistance to Iraqis through the UN agencies and global charity organization already active in Iraq.
Unfortunately, and to the disappointment and dismay of many Iraqis, the new political system that emerged after 2003 though supposedly democratic, was based on the sharing of power and positions by the ethnic and religious entities, and positions were based on being a member of one of these entities and not on the competence and ability of the individual, and without clear policies and plans in place. Moreover, the institutions of parliament and government failed miserably to develop the country, build institutions and provide the essential services required. Corruption is still rife and lack of direction prevails.
For the past ten months, weekly peaceful demonstrations in Baghdad and the provinces have continued to demand an end to corruption and the establishment of a competent government not based on sectarian allotments.
We, the Iraqi Hope Democratic Association (IHDA), are supporters of these civil protests and demonstrations throughout Iraq since its beginning of July 31st, 2015. Since the establishment, we as IHDA, are seeking to bring together all who aspire to build a new democratic modern Iraq and fighting for an alternative to incompetent government based on sectarian and ethnic power-sharing. Our’s and all the other democratic organization’s alternative is a democratic civil and secular state, which upholds the rule of law, respects human rights, protects ethnic and religious diversity and works towards economic and social justice.
The recent events of 30th April & May 20th, 2016, when mass protests stormed the Green Zone gates in Baghdad and entered the parliament chamber, were a sign of the growing popular anger and despair at the delays and manoeuvring tactics of the ruling parties. These events were a direct reflection of the failure of the ruling political class and its attempts to hold on to the privileges they had won through the ethno-sectarian power sharing system.
In an unfortunate turn of events, on May 20th, 2016, the security forces dealt with a great level of brutality with peaceful demonstrators. They started firing randomly live bullets with the tear gas & sound bombs without appropriate measures and precautions. In addition, they used batons, with excessive cruelty, to beat the demonstrators.
This unnecessary excessive use of force, by the Iraqi security forces, caused the death of three protesters and dozens of injuries among them; arrest warrants have been issued for hundreds of demonstrators, as well. Also, it is noteworthy to mention that as a result of this abuse of power; thirteen journalists and reporters were injured during the May 20th event.
We as IHDA have disapproved of the attacks on some members of the parliament and the parliament chamber but we are in full support of the just demands of the popular protests against corruption and for an end to the ethno-sectarian power-sharing system.
IHDA strongly rejects the unconstitutional acts of the security forces in detaining and intimidating peaceful protesters and activists and we demand the release of all detainees and an end to such acts.
Therefore, we kindly ask you to support us also in our effort to expose these human rights violations, and to put a pressure on the Iraqi government to desist from actions against peaceful protesters, to stop the random detention and intimidation of the demonstrators and the immediate release of all the detained peaceful protesters.
We are looking forward for your support and solidarity with our people in Iraq to defeat ISIS and to build a modern democratic state that respects human rights and meet the aspirations of Iraqis.
(Iraqi Hope Democratic Association (IHDA)