Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





Yezidis will vote to join Kurdistan in referendum, says MP

By Rudaw 13/6/2017
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holding a Kurdistan flag on Mount Shingal. Photo: Rudaw
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holding a Kurdistan flag on Mount Shingal. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The upcoming referendum on Kurdistan independence will be an important opportunity for the Yezidi minority to make their voices heard and choose a direction they want their community to take, said the sole female Yezidi representative in the Iraqi parliament.
“This is a very important issue so that we will figure out which direction our people will choose,” Vian Dakhil, MP, told Rudaw.
She believes that the majority of Yezidis will vote to join the Kurdistan Region.
“Today we have to determine our fate by ourselves to be with the Kurdistan Region,” she said. “Here at least, the stability, safety, prosperity, and development that exists here can also be expanded to Shingal.”
The Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence on September 25. The vote will also be held in Kurdistani areas, including Shingal and Kirkuk, regions considered part of Kurdistan by Erbil after they came under the Kurdish government’s control during the war against ISIS. Baghdad also claims these areas, which have been called disputed as defined by Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution.
Dakhil said that for Yezidis, after suffering genocide at the hands of ISIS and living through the “disaster” of being away from the Kurdistan Region under ISIS, “our stability and safety is here.”
Dakhil is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.
Many different armed groups are currently operating in the Shingal region, including Kurdistan Region Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and their allied Yezidi force the YBS. To the south of Shingal mountain, the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi are in control of Yezidi villages and have attracted many Yezidi fighters to their ranks.
Each force claims to be the true representative of the Yezidi people. 


Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 13/6/2017
When Iraqi Kurdistan stops being strict Islamic state and become secular state only then all citizens will belong to it regardless of their religion or believes.
Pliny The Kurd | 13/6/2017
The yezidis are an old ,precious and essential component of the Kurdish nation.Their religion is respected by all Kurds whether yzidis or not. At the beginning we were all yzidis before the Arab sward has cut Kurdish throats and submitted most of us to their muslim religion which does not fit in anyway with Kurdish mentality or traditions.I remember how as I was a child I used to read works written by European authors and neglected always Arabic and Islamic texts.This mood was common among othor Kurdish teens of my school.A true Kurd is friendly with the diversity and free belief.
Berxwedan | 13/6/2017
Every Êzîdî I have met was a true Kurdish patriot. They all support Kurdistan and the unity of our people. I am sure the Êzîdîs in Şengal will also vote for the independence. The 25th of September will be a historical day for every Kurd in and outside the KRG. Muslims, Êzîdîs, Christians, Şabaks, Faîlîs, Jews: everbody who is able to vote and has Kurdish blood in his veins will show the world that we are one!

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

guest worker | 8/22/2017 7:58:00 PM
We know the Iraqi forces/militias have completely surrounded Tel Afar, so why are ISIS terrorists escaping in droves? and for some odd reason only...
Kurdish security detain alleged foreign ISIS militants fleeing Tal Afar
| 16 hours ago | (1)
dontbeidiot | 8/22/2017 4:01:19 PM
@Kurdo what a stupid comment. Alcohol is not outlawed in Kurdistan, there are liquor stores and bars in every town. This is a good decision. Energy...
Rekan | 8/22/2017 7:00:31 PM
First of all. The energy drink which is not allowed to be sold or distributed is only the one on the picture. All other energy drinks are totally ok...
Kurdistan bans Tiger energy drink
| yesterday at 09:00 | (7)
duroi | 8/22/2017 6:35:19 PM
We know the outcome of misguided support of US policymakers for Maliki regime, undermining the democratic principles of new Iraq and violation of...
Muraz Adzhoev | 8/22/2017 6:58:08 PM
Yes, if there is an appropriate resolution of the UN Securuty Council, providing the greater guarantee for reintegration and sovereign independence...
Barzani to Mattis: Referendum will go ahead if 'stronger alternative’ not offered
| 15 hours ago | (2)
KurdishGuy | 8/22/2017 11:56:56 AM
Congrats, and best wishes. Hope you win the contest.
Shilan | 8/22/2017 6:26:45 PM
May God’s blessings be always with you! Keep faith in Him and on your abilities
Kurdish woman in Erbil to compete in bodybuilding contest in Sweden
| yesterday at 01:35 | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Kurdish Peshmerga lure and kill 3 ISIS suicide bombers 1 hour ago |

Kurdish Peshmerga lure and kill 3 ISIS suicide bombers

on Tuesday night nearby the village of Gol Ahmed more
Independent state for Iraqi Kurdistan benefits Turkey 2 hours ago |

Independent state for Iraqi Kurdistan benefits Turkey

Independent Kurdistan shall not simply be built more
0.344 seconds