‘Kurdistan on the way to becoming a dictatorship’ – Gorran

KURDISTAN TRIBUNE  – 5.9.2012 – We publish the following statement by the Gorran Political Research Centre for information and discussion:

Both Kurdish parties in power are in an effort to impose two special bills through their security council in Kurdistan. They want to monopolize the entire political life and their justification for this is to protect the region while they take advantage of these rules to use against opposing parties.

The Gorran political research centre has realised the magnitude of this sensitive issue and feels the need to outline some important notes about this issue:

Comparable to other Arabic countries around this region, there is a large risk of a dictatorial regime in Kurdistan. The KDP party has tried to censor mass media activities. Simultaneously the KDP has tried to restrict demonstrating in order to gain favour for themselves and to expand the power of the Kurdistan Region Presidency.

According to Article 2, the first section of the Security Council rule consists of security forces and both undercover forces – Zanyari and Parastin. These undercover forces were created illegally, not in accordance to any previous law. Both the Zanyari and Parastin agencies are illegal when referring to article 9 in the Iraqi Constitution. This Constitution is currently functioning in Kurdistan based on Article 13 of the same Constitution. Furthermore, regarding the current law for political parties, number 17 in 1993 Article 15 Section (3,4), any secret activity must be prevented.

The Security Council is under the control of the Kurdistan Region Presidency and has unlimited power to employ whomever it chooses without any further enquiry.

The Kurdistan Parliament has no power to monitor the Security Council.

In article 3 of the rule, the Security Council has unlimited power through 18 aims to interfere with the Government, Courts and also Parliament. Moreover, activities of political parties will be restricted.

A huge amount, precisely 24% of the whole budget, has been allocated for this council.

There are some general terms and sensitive subjects in this law which need to be clarified and analysed, for example Security and also Internal or External threats, as these issues can be used for different purposes.

There is no rule for managing or controlling this council and this is left for the council itself. This means that the Security Council has the power to impose any bills.

Previously the Directorate General of Military Intelligence must work with the Peshmarga Ministry, not with the Security Council. However, now under the new rule it appears that the Directorate General of Military Intelligence is connected with this council and therefore can easily control Peshmarga forces.