Iraq Kurds close down Yazidi assist organisation

Iraqi Kurdish authorities in areas ruled by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities (KRG) have shuttered a Yazidi support organisation on Monday after claiming that it had been concerned in political actions, violating legal guidelines regulating NGOs working within the KRG.

Rudaw, a Kurdish information company near the KRG, cited senior official Dindar Zebari as saying that the closure got here after Yazda, an organisation that helps Yazidi victims of Daesh sexual enslavement, ignored a warning to abide by the regulation after it had overstepped the boundaries of NGO work.

In a press release on Monday, Yazda mentioned that Kurdish Asayish safety forces had shut down their Duhok workplace “for unknown cause” and that “this consists of all Yazda’s humanitarian initiatives serving the Yazidi group.”

Stories indicated that Yazda’s workplace had been positioned on lock down by the Asayish, with its doorways padlocked to forestall any additional entry.

One other KRG official who offers with NGOs, Akram Jamo, mentioned that Yazda was closed down for participating in unspecified “political actions”, although he denied any information of a warning being given to the Yazidi organisation earlier than it was closed down.

In line with Jamo, Yazda’s NGO license had apparently expired, and the help organisation didn’t have any grounds for failing to resume its license with the Erbil authorities.

Notable figures within the Yazidi group have denounced the KRG’s choice to shut down Yazda, particularly UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad, a former Daesh sufferer of sexual slavery.

Murad tweeted earlier immediately that the KRG ought to enable Yazda to reopen its Duhok workplaces.

“I name on the [Kurdistan Region] to reopen [Yazda’s] very important work with none delay,” Murad tweeted. “Its [sic] disgrace to shut the Org [sic] that helps my marketing campaign.”

Murad, who was kidnapped by Daesh in August 2014, was named the primary Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations in September of 2016.

Yazda has supplied emergency support, together with psychological care, to Yazidi ladies and women rescued from Daesh.

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