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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Read the team's latest newsletter -- Post-referendum situation and much more.

CPTnet
23 November 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN: Read the team's latest newsletter -- Post-referendum situation and much more

Summer 2017
 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
Iraqi Kurdistan's Referendum
The officials of Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on September 25, 2017, to determine whether the people of the currently autonomous region wanted to separate from Iraq or not. The referendum angered the Iraqi government and neighbouring countries. The majority of the people voted ''YES'' in the referendum but the reactions from Iraqi government and the rest of the neighbours have been extremely outrageous for the people of Iraqi Kurdistan.

However, after the referendum took place the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan has drastically changed. The Iraqi government banned all international flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan's airports and threatened to take other serious measures including sanctions. Various people from different sides gave many hateful speeches which worried the Kurdistan's people specifically people in Kirkuk and surrounding towns. Furthermore, both the Turkish and Iranian governments moved their armies to the border of Iraqi Kurdistan and conducted military drills and together with the Iraqi army threatened to take over the borderlands. Subsequently, the Iranian government closed its shared border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan and the Turkish government has claimed to close down its only border gate with Iraqi Kurdistan soon.

In a rapid attack on October 16-17, the Iraqi army alongside militia groups took control over Kirkuk city and all other disputed areas under Kurdistan's forces control. Additionally, Kurdistan's media propaganda has worsened the situation. These actions have caused mass displacement of Kurdish and Sunni Arab families from the disputed areas. Over 5 million people in both the disputed areas and Iraqi Kurdistan proper feel extremely uncertain about their future. The people of both Iraq and Kurdistan are asking all sides to stop all military advances and media propaganda to prevent war between Iraqi government and Iraqi Kurdistan. Following what had happened in disputed areas, the relationship between the Iraqi Kurdistan's political parties has deteriorated rapidly. The party affiliated media have started propaganda and accusatory campaigns against the other parties which leads to a lot of chaos and uncertainty at the moment. Many people worry that a civil war might break out.

The international community has stayed silent except for a strong condemnation and refusal of the Iraqi Kurdistan's referendum as well as sending out confusing messages which have deeply disappointed the people of disputed areas and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Christian Peacemaker Teams - Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT) has written a more detailed reflection about the referendum and the reactions of the Iraqi government, international community and neighbouring countries, which you can read here. Following the military actions that took place in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, CPT has written a Call for peace mobilization, which you can find here. Furthermore, CPT helped create and co-signed a Statement of the Iraqi Civil Society organizations calling for dialogue, which you might read here.

We will continue sharing updates and our perspectives regarding the current situation in Iraqi Kurdistan through our website and social media platforms.
Iraqi Kurdistan, post-referendum 
By: Kasia Protz
Photo from NRT TV.

A majority of people living in Iraqi Kurdistan have long expressed their desire to determine their future. Therefore, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) scheduled a referendum on independence to take place within Iraqi Kurdistan as well as several outlying disputed territories. On the 25th of September, an overwhelming majority voted for a separation from Iraq in favor of an independent Kurdistan. The referendum was not supported on the international level with United States, European Union and the neighboring countries such as Iran and Turkey strongly opposing it.  The Iraqi government opposed the referendum as well. Read the full article here.

 

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CANADÁ/ISLA TORTUGA: Miembros de ECAP se reúnen con la Ministra de Relaciones Indígenas con la Corona y de Asuntos Septentrionales para hablar de la DNUDPI

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Noviembre 23, 2017
CANADÁ/ISLA TORTUGA: Miembros de ECAP se reúnen con la Ministra de Relaciones Indígenas con la Corona y de Asuntos Septentrionales para hablar de la DNUDPI

por Robin Buyers

El 13 de noviembre, la coordinadora de Equipos Cristianos de Acción por la Paz (ECAP) Canadá, Rachelle Friesen, y las reservistas Esther Townshend y Robin Buyers , Ministra de Relaciones Indígenas con la Corona y de Asuntos Septentrionales. Para dar continuidad al copatrocinio de la Peregrinación por los Derechos Indígenas de la primavera pasada y del Ayuno del otoño pasado, Friesen, Townsend y Buyers urgieron a la ministra y a su gobierno liberal para que votaran este 4 de diciembre a favor de la Propuesta de ley C-262: Decreto para asegurar que las leyes de Canadá sean consistentes con la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (DNUDPI).

Nuestra delegación fue amablemente bienvenida por la ministra Bennett y su equipo de trabajo. Ella habló de su deseo de “dar pasos acelerados hacia la reconcili-acción”.  Hizo énfasis en la importancia de responder a la DNUDPI con legislación nacional que permita el trabajo de “reconstituir naciones” que luego definan su propia identidad y su relación con Canadá. Sugirió que, según algunas personas, la propuesta de ley C-262 no tiene suficiente alcance y anticipó un debate enérgico el 4 de diciembre en La Cámara de los Comunes sobre cómo implementar la DNUDPI.

ECAPeras se reunen con Carolyn Bennett

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 November 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 November 2017

Prayer for the peace process to prevail in Colombia and for the full implementation of the agreed upon transitional justice.

This week we pray for the Colombian lawmakers who are responsible for putting the peace accords into action. Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, has expressed extreme concern for the future of peace in Colombia after his visit to the country last week. The transitional justice system was expected to begin in the next few months but has recently undergone amendments in Congress that would exclude politicians and businesses involved in war crimes from the truth commission. This decision will severely debilitate the original agreements and continue to re-victimize the victims of the conflict. The UN has stated clearly that "failure to comply with this essential commitment, after the surrender of weapons [by the FARC], would have very serious repercussions for the process and would not be understood or accepted by the international community."

Men in white peace shirts are watching on screen Colombian president shake hands with FARC leader
People joyously watch Colombian president Santos and leader of FARC Timochenko shake hands.

CPT Position Opening: DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

CPT Position Opening:

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Development Coordinator to serve as a member of our Peacemaker Corps in expanding our financial capacity and building fiscal sustainability.

Responsibilities include creating and implementing funding strategies, providing administrative oversight, cultivating major gifts, overseeing donor acquisition and renewal, writing and managing grants, organizing events, and participating in the overall work of the Administrative Team.  The position involves close collaboration with a development working group and includes some international travel to meetings and/or project sites each year.

Candidates should demonstrate passion for cultivating donors to support our work, commitment to grow in the journey of undoing oppressions, and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a dispersed team across continents.  We prefer someone with development experience and a focus on grassroots social change organizations. 

CANADA/TURTLE ISLAND: Members of CPT Canada meet with Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs on UNDRIP

CPTnet
17 November 2017
CANADA/TURTLE ISLAND: Members of CPT Canada meet with Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs on UNDRIP

by Robin Buyers

On November 13th, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Canada Coordinator, Rachelle Friesen, and reservists Esther Townshend and Robin Buyers met with Carolyn Bennett, Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs. Following up on CPT's co-sponsorship of this spring's Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights and fall Fast, Friesen, Townsend, and Buyers urged the Minister and her Liberal government to vote yes this December 4th for Bill C-262: An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Minister Bennett and her staff welcomed our delegation graciously. She spoke of her desire to "accelerate steps towards reconcili-action." She noted the importance of responding to UNDRIP with domestic legislation that allows for the work of "reconstituting nations" who then define their own identity and relationship to Canada. She suggested that, for some, Bill C-262 does not go far enough, and anticipated a vigorous House of Commons debate on how to implement UNDRIP on the 4th.

CPTers meet with Carolyn Bennett
Photo (from left to right): Carolyn Bennett, Robin Buyers, Rachelle Friesen, Esther Townshend