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KRG closes offices of Yezidi rights organization Yazda

By Rudaw 2/1/2017
Yazda’s offices in the Kurdistan Region have been closed by authorities.
Yazda’s offices in the Kurdistan Region have been closed by authorities.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish authorities confirmed that they have closed the office of the rights organization Yazda, which advocates on behalf of the Yezidi community, because it did not abide by the terms and conditions of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Region.

Monday evening, Yazda said in a statement that their offices were “formally closed by the Security Forces ‘Assayesh’ for unknown reasons, this includes all Yazda's humanitarian projects serving the Yazidi community.”

Dr. Dindar Zebari, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports, told Rudaw English that the closure came after the rights organization ignored an initial warning to abide by the rules of the Kurdistan Region regarding the work of NGOs.

Zebari said the department for NGOs had earlier warned them to fully abide by the rules, but that they failed to do so in “some aspects” and they “stepped outside their organizational mission.” 

He refused to give specific details of the closure, saying that the decision came from the NGO department. 

Rudaw English could not immediately reach the NGO department for comment. 

Local and international organizations have to register with the NGO department in order to work in the Kurdistan Region. 

Zebari said Yazda is a registered organization. 


Muraz Adzhoev | 3/1/2017
Is this NGO ("Yazda" as a global "Yazidi" organization) recognized and respected by the public authorities and majority of members of the Ezidi community in Kurdistan? All "details" concerning their "mission" and activities should be officially and appropriately disclosed as soon as possible. There must be less formalities and more justice in this case, if the NGO's humanitarian work has actually positive consequences for the region.
guest worker | 3/1/2017
Good, close down all these foreign sponsored NGO's who pretend to work in areas of charity but do and spread all kind of evil in our society. All our major cities are infested with Turkish, Iranian and Arab secrete service organizations and businesses, I'm sure Assayesh has all of them under surveillance and I hope they're ordered to start cleaning up soon.
Ari | 3/1/2017
No one should lose any sleep over the closure of this organization. It is a political group under the name of NGO and pretending to work for Yezidis. The PKK has this disease and illness of forming organizations and groups and subgroups under different names. The KRG must act this way and shut down any group or NGO or newspaper that has agendas to undermine KRG itself.
Beeseok | 20/1/2017
"UN officials told me they believe hundreds of Yezidi women and men are being held by ISIS in Mosul. When they escape to safety it is crucial that organizations are in place to provide them with support. Right now, the support Yazda provided to hundreds of women and children abused by ISIS has been halted and the thousands of families in Sinjar waiting for support to restart their lives are in limbo." Citation from Jan.7,2017,

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