Ezidikhan to condemn Turkish air attack at UN and EC bodies

[LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. April 27, 2017] – In the wake of Tuesday’s attack by Turkish air force jets upon anti-ISIS international coalition bases on Mount Shingal, the Ezidikhan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its intention to raise the issue in the appropriate forums at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the European Commission in Vienna.
“Our official envoy is now in New York to draw attention to these issues at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that is currently in session,” Ezidikhan Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadji Saado explained. “We also intend to file a complaint with the European Commission on Security and Cooperation in Vienna.”
The Yezidi people, whose calendar dates back 6,767 years, are among the oldest remaining indigenous peoples of the Middle East. The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues—currently in session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York—is observing the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Article 30 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples stipulates that military activities shall not take place in the territories of indigenous peoples without the “free, prior and informed consent” from their leaders. It is noteworthy that Turkey, as well as Iraq, Iran, and Syria voted in favor of the Declaration and all of its provisions in 2007 and again in 2014.
“We are urging the international community to apply pressure upon our neighbors to respect national boundaries and desist from launching attacks upon Yezidis or the territory of Ezidikhan,” added Minister of Foreign Affairs Saado.
At least five Peshmerga soldiers, including one Yezidi, were killed Tuesday morning and several others wounded in Turkish air strikes aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Mount Shingal. The location on the mountain had been used by the Shingal Protection Units (YBS), but it was evacuated shortly before the bombing.
The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces claims that airstrikes on Mount Shingal were meant to repel threats to Turkey and that the operations will continue.
The Yezidi leadership stands firmly committed to the return of Yezidis from their refugee status around the world.

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