Friday, June 09, 2017

New USCIRF Report On Minority Religions In Kurdistan

Last week the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released a 77-page report: Kurdistan Region of Iraq: New USCIRF Report on Religious Minorities in the KRI.  Here an excerpt from the Report's Executive Summary:
In recent years the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has been a haven for minorities fleeing the turmoil and sectarian violence in the south of Iraq. The KRI offers religious freedoms that are comparatively robust as compared to those of its regional neighbors. Even so, troubling issues related to discrimination and even violence targeting ethnic and religious minorities exist, exacerbated by the KRI’s strained resources and security situation. Such issues must not be disregarded just because of the security situation in Iraq, or because of the KRI’s successes as compared with the wider region.