A Yazidi party and army  to be established in Iraq: HPS

Ezidi press – 27 Apr 2015 – HANNOVER , Germany,— A Yazidi party in Iraq is to be established on the initiative of the top Shingal Protection Units (HPS) commanders Haydar Shesho and Dawud Jindi, the HPS announced in a statement published on Saturday, stating that an establishment of a party led by Yazidis and aimed at ensuring their right of self-determination within the local borders was inevitable due to the rapid changes in the Middle East, the preventable genocide against the Yazidi people and also the political situation in Iraq.

“After the fall of the Saddam regime, when a bloody dictatorship came to an end, major changes took place in the past decade. The most important change is perhaps the transition of Iraq towards a constitution that enshrines the principles of liberty, equality and justice, taking basic human rights as a basis. Despite these progressive developments of the Iraqi Republic´s constitution in general and and the constitution of the Kurdistan region in particular, there was a marginalization of minorities in Iraq, including Kurdistan. This also effects the Yazidi minority, which became clear again with the tragedy [editor´s note: in Shingal] that occurred as the result of injustice, isolation, negligence and the deprivation of rights from Baghdad to Erbil”, as the statement goes.

The new political party is supposed to integrate all political currents from the Yazidi community and thus allow them an independent political representation. Shesho stated that the party´s top priority was to maintain the Yazidis´ existence. Haydar Shesho, current HPS supreme commander, was arrested on 6th of April 2015 by Kurdish security forces affiliated to the ruling Massoud Barzani’s KDP party for the so called creation of an illegitimate militia against Kurdish law. He was released eight days later. Shingal´s Protection Unit HPS was established for the defense of Yazidis against IS after around 10,000 Peshmerga fighters had fled the region, abandoning Yazidis to their fate. The HPS currently consists of around 3,200 volunteers according to the HPS commander Jindi. The Yazidis´ future as well as the consequences of the genocide in Shingal will be now discussed in Germany. The establishment of a party is the first result.