The council of Iraq on Tuesday denied the referendum petition of Kurdistan to permit its independence. The council voted to keep Kurdistan in its region despite its ongoing tensions to maintain the region’s stability.
Additionally the council found the referendum vote violates the Iraqi constitution as it may threaten the peace and civil unity.The tension between Iraq and Kurdistan have continued for years resulting in the referendum vote. In September the UN said that civilians bear the brunt of the violence. Last August Human Rights Watch reported that Iraqi militias are recruiting children from at least one civilian camp of displaced persons in the region of Kurdistan. Earlier in the same month the UN issued a report detailing the “terrible atrocities” committed by IS against the Yazidi people and other ethnic and religious groups in Iraq.
As carried in JURIST on 13.9.17