Iraqi MP: "The demand for autonomy for Shengal is constitutional"

In view of the tense situation in Shengal, Iraqi MP Yusra Recep paid a visit to the Yazidi settlement area in southern Kurdistan. The parliamentarian confirmed that the demand for autonomy is constitutional.

Yusra Recep, a member of the New Generation Movement (Tevgera Nifşe Nû) faction in the Iraqi parliament, is visiting the Yazidi settlement area of Shengal in southern Kurdistan with a delegation.

During a meeting with representatives of the Shengal Autonomous Council, the current situation in the region was discussed. Yusra Recep stated in the conversation that the demand for an autonomous status and its own defense forces is legitimate and in accordance with the constitution. She also said that the Iraqi parliament must stand up for the rights of the Yazidi community. Talks with other institutions in Shengal are planned for Thursday.

The background to Yusra Recep's visit is the tense situation in Shengal. The Iraqi government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is calling for the dissolution of the Yazidi security forces (Asayîşa Êzîdxanê) established after the ISIS genocide of 2014. The Shengal Democratic Autonomous Council (Meclîsa Xweseriya Demokratîk a Şengalê, MXDŞ) has stated that it will resist this and will not accept the agreement reached between Baghdad and the Barzani’s party KDP in October 2020.