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Thursday, June 13th 2019
American University of Kurdistan (Duhok)
CONCEPT NOTE & PROGRAM
Five years after the Islamic State (IS) conquered great parts of Syria and Iraq, the societies of both countries continue to suffer from the consequences of the IS’s reign of terror and the effects of the fight against the organization. This is especially true for ethnic and religious minorities that faced systematic persecution and displacement. To this day, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) harbors more than 300.000 Yezidi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Ninawa Province, particularly from the Sinjar Region. With ongoing security challenges and a lack of serious reconstruction efforts in their home region, the Yezidi community in Iraq faces an uncertain future. Similarly, the once vibrant Iraqi Christian community has suffered years of oppression and displacement that have resulted in an ongoing exodus. Because of such trends, Iraq’s Christian community and heritage is at stake.
The Open Debates #5 attempted to contribute to the unfolding of the informal dialog among the ethnic and religious minority, representatives, decision-makers, lawmakers and stakeholders regarding the political participation of the minorities. One of the main goals of the Open Debates is
The Quota System: Limiting or Securing the Representation of Ethnic and/or Religious Minorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq ,August 16, 2018, 09.00 – 16.30 Venue: Rotana Hotel, Gulan Street, Erbil Organizers: Open Think Tank and Konrad Adenauer Foundation
A SURVEY OF THE HOST COMMUNITY, IDPS AND REFUGEES IN THE PROVINCES OF DUHOK, ERBIL AND SULAYMANIYAH
This project was prepared and conducted in partnership between Open Think Tank (NGO based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Syria/Iraq Office.
Leave or Remain in Iraq? Opinions and expectations for an Independent Kurdistan
The referendum for an Independent Kurdistan to be held on 25th of September 2017 is an important issue not only for Iraq but for the entire region and the international community,