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Iraqi officials' efforts to return displaced 'not serious': IHCHR

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Despite Iraqi officials' recent promises to work on returning the displaced Iraqis to their original areas in the country, Deputy Chairman of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) Ali Mizer al-Shamari denied these promises, describing them as "not serious."

In a press statement, Shamari said that the government was not serious about returning displaced people to their liberated areas and has not cared for their severe suffering.

He added that international and local humanitarian organizations have a prominent role in encouraging the displaced citizens to stay in the camps as the aid allocated for them would be stopped once they register to return to homes.

Shamari called on humanitarian organizations to continue their programs for the returnees, "as they are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation."

He also urged the Iraqi government to "fulfill its promises" by speeding up the rehabilitation of liberated areas, compensating the affected people, and handing returnees their financial rights and other essential items.

French loan

Earlier in January, Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi praised the French role in lending Iraq €430 million, which is supposed to be in support of the Western Asian country's efforts to reconstruct some of its cities, which were formerly controlled by ISIS.

During his meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Baghdad, Halbosui lauded France's contribution in the reconstruction of Mosul University and in supporting Iraq's efforts to return the displaced citizens.

In December, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi affirmed during his meeting with Dahuk governor Farhad Atrushi, the importance of ending the problem of displaced people in the province. The province has 21 camps for the displaced, Halbousi added.

Babil excluded

A leaked document revealed the exclusion of Babil province from efforts to bring displaced people back to their homes.

The provinces, which the government will be working to return their displaced people include Baghdad, Nineveh, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salah ad Din and Anbar, according to the leaked document.

The document refers to the ignorance of Babil, especially the area of Jurf al-Sakhr, from the plan, because Hezbollah controls most of these areas.

Hezbollah, which is linked to Tehran, has turned most of the areas in Babil, especially Jurf al-Sakhr, to a military barracks for operations and a camp for weapons and ammunition.

Politicians confirm that Iran is behind the exclusion of Babil from the government's plan, for sectarian purposes and military reasons.

Tehran has also turned Jurf al-Sakhr into a base for its medium-range missiles, according to intelligence sources.

The area controlled by Hezbollah is banned and cannot be accessed by any intelligence or military authority without a security clearance from the militias.

 

Last Modified: Thursday، 17 January 2019 11:22 PM
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