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Delegates gather in Shingal in August 2020 to create the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East Alliance

Ezidikhan Justice Minister interview: “Indigenous people are our natural allies”

by Patrick Harriganon October 27, 2020
Ms. Nallein Sowilo, one of the principal co-founders of the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan and its first Minister of Justice, carries on her slight shoulders the heavy burden of somehow achieving peace with justice for the people of her ancient Yezidi nation, who remain traumatized and scattered by the 2014 assault by ISIS. Six years of ceaseless toil and negotiations, however, have at last begun to bear fruit.
Present day Ezidkhan, the Yezidi Nation

PM: Erbil-Baghdad deal robs Yezidi self-determination

by Patrick Harriganon October 12, 2020
[Shingal, Ezidikhan. 11 October 2020] The Office of the Prime Minister of Ezidikhan, Barjis Soso Khalaf, today issued a statement denouncing the 9 October deal reached between Baghdad and Erbil determining the future of Yezidis without the consent of Yezidis and without consulting with Yezidi representatives of the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan.

Alliance of Indigenous Nations: Winds of Change in the Middle East?

by Patrick Harriganon September 16, 2020
[Shingal, Ezidikhan – 16 September 2020] In a low-key affair here last month, a broad array of tribal nations and ethnic minorities agreed on a framework for a Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East open to all indigenous nations of the Middle East.
Yezidis flee from Daesh Aug 3rd 2014

Yezidis: A History of Persecution

by Patrick Harriganon July 3, 2020
According to their oral history, Yezidis have suffered from 72 massacres prior to the 2014 genocide of Yezidis in Iraq. "Over the course of 700 years," according to the Yezidis International Organization, "nearly 23 million Yezidi people have been murdered, thus bringing their civilization to the brink of extinction."

Turkish airstrikes in the Shingal district, June 15, 2020. (Photo: Social Media)

Massive Turkish air strike follows threats against Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon June 16, 2020
[MOUNT SHINGAL, Ezidikhan, Iraq. June 15] Turkish jets bombed 81 separate targets on Sunday, the biggest such Turkish operation since 2015. Dozens of US-made fighter jets, locally manufactured drones and mid-air refueling and airborne communication aircraft were deployed in “Operation Claw-Eagle”. Turkey conducted extensive airstrikes targeting more than thirty locations of the Sinjar Resistance Units, a […]
Exxon Mobil operations in Iraq

Exxon Mobil accused of human rights abuse in Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon February 14, 2020
Source: Business & Human Rights Resource Center, London UK Iraq: A Yezidi complaint to Human Rights Council alleges displacement, abuses and killings by oil giant Exxon Mobil In November 2019, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre was contacted by the representative of the Yezidi community in Iraq, who alleged that oil giant Exxon Mobil […]

Batman’s Yazidi families have recently been exposed to several attacks by members of the Karabulut and Biter clans

Yezidi families in Turkey attacked again amid resettlement dispute

by Patrick Harriganon December 23, 2019
Yezidi families in Turkey's southeast have recently been exposed to several attacks by members of the Karabulut and Biter clans, to whom they had temporarily entrusted their lands in the 1990s before leaving for Europe. Although the Turkish courts have ordered these two clans to give the lands back to their rightful owners, the clans have been harassing the families to deter them from resettling in their lands.
A car burned down due to Turkish airstrikes in Khana Sor, in the Sinune sub-district of Shingal Nov.19th, 2019

Turkish aircraft attack YBS headquarters; 20 dead or injured

by Patrick Harriganon November 20, 2019
[Shingal, Ezidikhan, Iraq. 20 Nov, 2019] Turkish aircraft on Wednesday conducted an airstrike on the headquarters of the Sinjar Protection Units (YBS) in northern Iraq, leaving twenty militiamen killed and wounded according to the Iraqi military. A statement by the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said the air strike was conducted […]

Present day Ezidkhan, the Yezidi Nation

PM outlines Ezidikhan’s plans to UN

by Patrick Harriganon November 15, 2019
The Ezidikhan Public Information Bureau has obtained a copy of Ezidikhan Prime Minister Barjis Soso Khalaf's written response to a query from the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Hon. Alice Walpoe about the Ezidikhan Provisional Government's intentions in these troubled and turbulent times.
Turkish warplanes strike Yazidi militia base in Shingal on 2019-11-04

Turkish jets repeat attack on Yezidi villages

by Patrick Harriganon November 6, 2019
The Yezidi village of Bara was struck for the second time in two days on Tuesday evening, following another suspected Turkish airstrike in a nearby village the day before. Three people are believed to have been injured in the Tuesday offensive, according to Yezidi media outlet EzidiPress. No civilians were reported to have died.