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Call to disband paramilitary and popular mobilization forces, as barriers to reforms, national reconciliation in Iraq, and victory over Daesh

Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:53

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release 13th February 2016

 

Call to disband paramilitary and popular mobilization forces, as barriers to reforms, national reconciliation in Iraq, and victory over Daesh

 

Iran-backed paramilitary forces which operate as criminal groups or in the guise of popular mobilization forces are today the main cause of sectarian conflicts, killing and murder, ethnic cleansing and population displacement in Iraq. They are driving the country towards internal conflict and ultimate collapse. In addition, these groups have turned into mafia-style murderers, kidnappers, robbers and drug-traffickers.

 

Regrettably, the government of Haider al-Abadi has not taken action to dissolve the paramilitary groups despite international demands and calls by religious authorities and political forces in Iraq. The popular mobilization forces are now a tool in the hands of criminal elements such as Nouri al-Maliki, Hadi Al-Ameri, and Abu-Mahdi Mohandess, who are in turn the most important agents coordinating the destruction of Iraq, fueling sectarian war and facilitating the emergence of DAESH. The people of Iraq have been demanding their prosecution in their weekly demonstrations for many months.

 

In a new act of aggression, the paramilitary forces backed by the Iranian regime have taken control of the houses and commercial buildings belonging to Christians in Baghdad. These Christians left Iraqi due to the appalling security situation. (Al-Jazeera TV and Al-Hayat, February 7, 2016).

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report 2016 that was published on January 27 states: “Mostly Shia militias fighting ISIS, such as Badr Brigades, League of the Righteous, or Imam Ali Battalions, carried out widespread and systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, in particular, demolishing homes and shops in recaptured Sunni areas.”

 

The European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) calls on the government and Prime Minister of Iraq to immediately disband paramilitary and popular mobilization forces, as barriers to reforms, national reconciliation in Iraq, and victory over Daesh. Otherwise any international aid package would have the same destiny as previous ones.

 

EIFA also calls on the Iraqi government to attend without delay to the humanitarian conditions in Fallujah, which has been taken over by these paramilitary forces to prevent the starvation of tens of thousands of citizens. Dozens of people have starved to death so far. According to Faleh al-Essawi, vice president of the Provincial Council of al-Anbar, starvation is prevalent in Fallujah and there are no food supplies or medical equipment in the city. (Al-Arabiya TV, February 1, 2016).

 

Struan Stevenson

 

President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA)

 

(Struan Stevenson was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and was President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014.)

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