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Shabak Kurds of Nineveh want to be part of a new Kurdish state

By Zhelwan Z. Wali 18/6/2017
Shabak Kurds fleeing home in the Nineveh plains following ISIS attack on the province in the summer of 2014. Photo: ICSSI
Shabak Kurds fleeing home in the Nineveh plains following ISIS attack on the province in the summer of 2014. Photo: ICSSI
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish Shabak group involved in Iraqi politics has asked the Kurdish presidency and Kurdistan Region to include them in the planned September 25 referendum on independence.

Salim Jumaa, head of the Shabak Peaceful Council List in the Iraqi parliament who has sent a message to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani described Shabaks to Rudaw as “genuine Kurds” and said they should be included in the “future Kurdistan state.”

Jumaa said his people live in areas in the Nineveh plains that fall under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution and they want to be part of the plan the Kurdistan Region has for independence.

“We would love to take part in the referendum along with our own people,” Jumaa told Rudaw, referring to the people of the Kurdistan Region.

He said they were hopeful that Barzani would approve their call as it is their “right to participate.”

“We want the 140 article to be over,” he said. “We want to return to the Kurdistan state.”

In a meeting with political parties on June 7 Barzani reached a consensus with the majority of Kurdistan parties to pick September 25 as a day people will decide whether or not to stay with Iraq.

He has since insisted that all areas previously called disputed territories will be included in the referendum and their populations will be free to choose to be part of a new Kurdish state or remain with Iraq.

Shabak Kurds live mostly in and around Mosul and they were subject to persecution and massacre by ISIS in 2014.

Karzan Jalal, head of the data department from the Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) confirmed to Rudaw they were working on providing ballot boxes for people in the outlying areas of the Kurdistan Region such as Shabaks, Yezidis and Christians.

“Preparations for referendum in Kurdistan and areas outside the Kurdistan Region that are controlled by the Peshmerga is easy,” Jalal noted, adding in coordination with Iraqi government, they will put ballot boxes in areas run by Baghdad to “provide security for the voters.”

“We do this for all Kurds,” Jalal said, referring to the Yezdis, Shabaks and Kakais.


Kurdo | 18/6/2017
Did you know the plastic Ass-yrians are attacking poor Shabaks and claim that these Shabak stole their land? Thats a new low, even for a hawk nose. I wish Shabak the best and hope that you all live in a future Kurdistan with same rights.
kurdish croatian | 18/6/2017
anyone who wants to come back to kurdistan has to drop all islamic clothing....veils and burka and hijab clothing will be fined and possibly put in jail. dress like kurds and you are welcome back to kurdistan.
kick | 18/6/2017
It's treason not to include them! These people are Kurds, the fact that they have to ask to be included is embarrassing!!! And I don't know how they are planing to hold the referendum in Kurdish places such as Mandali which are under Iraqi militia control? Not an inch of Kurdistan is up for negotiation!
Kurdo | 19/6/2017
@kurdish croatian, these people are Shabaks. They together with Kakai, Yarsani and Ezidi kept our real kurdish culture. How they dress is not the issue, they never had any support to be free, we should focus on the sunni/shia Kurds who destroy our kurdish culture and make us divided.
Ethnic Assyrian | 3/7/2017
Northern Iraq is Part of Assyria.

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