Weapons for sale at the Erbil gun market. Photo: Farzin Hassan/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Unlicensed gun ownership was the main cause of killings in the Kurdistan Region over the past year, according to statistics.
The Kurdistan Region’s Independent Body for Human Rights reported that 222 people were killed in the Kurdistan Region between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.
Mohammed Gomashini, spokesperson for the body, told Rudaw that there are three main issues that lie behind the murder rates: unlicensed guns, the financial crisis, and an increase in social problems.
“But the main reason is guns owned by people without a license. This is a big problem which needs to be solved,” he detailed.
The Kurdistan Region’s Independent Body for Human Rights has been issuing monthly figures of human rights violations for the past year.
“From March this year onwards, we will be recording the figures of Kurdistan’s areas outside the Kurdistan Region’s administration, too. Most of the 222 people were killed within the Kurdistan Region,” Gomashini said.