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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Arabs Not Allowed Home

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Expand A destroyed home near Ashqala al-Sagheer village in Hamdaniya, July 2019. Hasansham camp is in the background. © 2019 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is preventing about 4,200 Sunni Arabs from returning home to 12 villages east of Mosul in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Human Rights Watch said today. More than three years after the Hamdaniya district was retaken from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), KRG authorities have only allowed Kurdish residents and Arabs with KRG ties to return to the area, in violation of international humanitarian…

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