Female circumcision is slowly declining in Iraqi Kurdistan. Years of campaigning and a law against the practise have borne fruit. Some villages went from 100 percent of all young girls being circumcised to none.
A TRIBUTE TO KAWA
By Shenah Abdullah: 10.12.2013 – Kurdistan Tribune – You must have come across articles, books, blogs, advertisements, pictures and stories about the ‘Other Iraq’ where oil is ever flowing, the cities and towns are safe and secure, the people friendly and welcoming and the economy booming like never before under the leadership of the Kurdistan Regional Government—headed by Kurdish officials for the first time in the history of the region. Life in the other Iraq, the majority of these sources tell us, is all flowery and dandy.
Protest in Suli on Saturday
In his speech to the crowd yesterday, Asos Hardi, chief editor of ’Awene’ said:
“The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is responsible for the murder of our journalist. In these situations, it’s not the job of the authority to release false condemnations. Its job is to take action and find the perpetrators. Recent events have taught us that the law is very effective on the powerless and equally very ineffective on the powerful.”
Over the past four years, there are have been numerous similar cases, including Dr Star Sharif, Soran Mama-Hama, and Sardasht Osman, all of whom were outspoken journalists who criticized the oligarchs and were assassinated, and their assassins are still at large. In all, 17 protesters were killed in February 2011 and the oligarchs are still reluctant to hand over their killers to the courts. There is currently no assurance that the oligarchy isn’t going to harbour Kawa’s murderers, too.
“He (Kawa Germyani) additionally filed a complaint in the Kalar court against the PUK official who had threatened him. The case is still open as Mr Sangawi has allegedly failed to attend court while the court lacks the power to force him to.”
Who was Kawa & why was he killed? - Report : Kawa Germyani, 1982-2013
9-12-2013 – Kurdistan Tribune : Kawa Ahmed (also known as Kawa Germyani): assassinated at age 32, married since 2012, leaving a widow who is eight months pregnant. He was known for his anti-corruption investigative reports, particularly at a local level. Kawa was born into a poor family, and he lived in a small room with his wife.
FINGERS ARE POINTED ON PUK / WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO : The audio conversation between PUK official Mahmoud Sangawi & Kawa Germyani
9-12-2013 – SLÊMANÎ, : Kawa Germyani, a Kurdish journalist investigating corruption in the autonomous Kurdistan region, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen last Thursday, in Sulaimaniyah province. He was shot in front of his house, and later died at the hospital.
Kawa Germyani published an article about the Kurdish military leader in Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK, Mahmoud Sangawi, in July 2012, later on Germyani received a threatening phone call from Sangawi, which been recorded and distributed by Germyani. Germyani also had filed a complaint in the court against the PUK’s Sangawi who had threatened him.
8.12.2013 – MESOP & BASNEWS – According to new information obtained by BasNews, Iraqi president Jalal Talabani has been moved from his Reha Clinic in Berlin to a different location in the German capital.
Shwan Barzinji – BasNews (Erbil): 8.12.2013 – The head of KRG Watchdog, Dr. Ahmed Anwar, has revealed that many Kurdish officials register their wealth under other people’s names, making it hard to track down corruption.
Suleymaniah Protest after Assassination of Journalist Kawa Germiyani / Dispute with corrupt PUK leaders
Organized by: Salahaddin University Hawler Kirkuk University
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg – Center for lraq Studies
Felsberg Institute for Education and Academic Research