Iraqi forces have forced at least 235 families in oil-rich Kirkuk into displacement camps under the pretext of being affiliated with ISIS terror group, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.
Most of the displaced families have been forced to go to Daquq camp, in Kirkuk and a smaller number to two other camps in the area, according to the report.
The forcible displacement occurred in early January 2018.
This coincided with Iran-allied IMIS Militias' systematic destruction of homes and looting of the families’ livestock.
Dozens of the families have been severely tortured.
Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch wondered “How can Iraq claim it’s turned a corner and supports reconciliation when its own forces are waging collective punishment on civilians”.
“Nothing positive can be gained from government complicity in furthering divisions in Iraqi society,” she added.