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Monument erected in Baghdad in honor of Feyli Kurds

By Rudaw 30/12/2016
The monument was unveiled in a ceremony at Beirut Yard in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Photo: Rudaw
The monument was unveiled in a ceremony at Beirut Yard in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Photo: Rudaw
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A monument honoring Feyli Kurds massacred and disappeared in Iraq was unveiled on Friday in Baghdad after ten years of concerted efforts to gain approval for the monument from the central government. 

The monument was unveiled in a ceremony at Beirut Yard in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The authorities did not, however, allow the public to raise the Kurdish flag next to the Iraqi flag or sing the Kurdish national anthem during the ceremony. 

Feyli activists told Rudaw’s reporter in Baghdad that they were under pressure not to nationalize the event. 

Shiite groups within the Iraqi National Coalition, particularly ones backed by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, prohibited any association with the Kurdistan Region or the Kurdish nation at the ceremony. 

No Kurdish MPs or authorities were invited to attend the ceremony.

Feylis are recognized as an Iraqi minority, ethnically belonging to the Kurdish nation. The monument unveiled Friday was built in 2006 in honor of the Feyli Kurds who were massacred, relocated, and disappeared during Saddam Hussein’s regime. According to figures, at least 22,000 Feyli Kurds went missing during his dictatorship. 

Feylis continued to experience threats to their survival as a minority group even after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. 

“There is a lot of indirect pressure. Feyli Kurds are under political campaigns,” Aras Jawad, a Feyli activist, told Rudaw. 

Kurdish MPs and authorities initiated a campaign to raise money for the project, but did not provide any other support, the activist noted. 

“We have always been an inseparable part of the Kurdish nation. We call on the Kurdistan Region to defend our rights and see us as ambassadors of the Kurdish nation in Baghdad,” Jawad said, calling for a monument to be built in Erbil. 

“Statues have been erected in Kut and Sulaimani in honor of the Feyli Kurds. But we do not have any such symbols in the capital of the Kurdistan Region.” 

 

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Non kurd | 31/12/2016
In other words, human rights for non shiites kurds don't matter. Typical behavior of the uncivilized regime occupying baghdad.
BurnTheirFlag | 31/12/2016
Kurdistan should take down Iraqi filthy flag as well. And burn them with the allah u akabar on it too.
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 31/12/2016
That monument should've been erected in Kurdistan not in Bagdad. Maybe there is no more room in Kurdistan since all the space is designated for building more mosques. Welcome to Iraqi Kurdistan the home of 6000 mosques and 3000 of pro ISIS Imams
soran | 31/12/2016
lol stewie gguy your wife probably left you dude.. and what is that statue? looks like something from an artist who just put stuff together in a rush. to put it nicely. what happened to the good old monuments
Kurdistan | 31/12/2016
Now this stewie guy claimed that there is no space in Kurdistan because of the mosques. You hate Islam so much you would prefer that you mother is a prostitute than a Muslim right. Better 1 million mosques than 1 brothel.
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