Watchdog: Kurds are preventing Arabs from returning to disputed lands

Published February 26th, 2015 - 12:53 GMT

According to AFP, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report in which they accuse Kurdish fighters of barring Arabs from returning to the disputed lands in Iraq recently liberated from Daesh's control. 

The report stated that although Kurds have been allowed to return, Arabs have been barred from the disputed lands. 

HRW interpreted this move as a "collective punishment of entire Arab communities" for Daesh's attacks, and the organization has warned the regional government of Kurdistan from doing so. 

"Cordoning off Arab residents and refusing to let them return home appears to go well beyond a reasonable security response," said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counter terrorism researcher at HRW. 

The Kurdish government defended these actions by arguing that the Sunni Arabs had at one point supported Daesh's advance and were still collaborating with the terrorist organization.

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