Human rights and religious minorities in Iraq

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Human rights and religious minorities in Iraq

Tuesday, 30th of June European Parliament, room PHS 7C050 Hosted by Josef Weidenholzer, Marietje Schaake, Ana Gomes, Cornelia Ernst Registration: please contact josef.weidenholzer@europarl.europa.eu The conference aims at bringing together representatives of religious minorities from Iraq with European actors and policymakers to discuss recent developments, repercussions and opportunities. Foreseen are three main panels with a focus on the situation of specific religious groups in Iraq, specifically of Yazidi, Assyrian Christian and Shiite faith and others. 09.00 - 09.30 Opening & Introduction on “Religious minorities in Iraq” CHAIR: Josef Weidenholzer, Member of the European Parliament
  • Statements by MEPs Marietje Schaake (ALDE), Ana Gomes (S&D), Cornelia Ernst (GUE)
  • Delavar Ajgeiy, Head of The Mission to European Union, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Akram Mohammed Jammo, director of Non-Governmental Office, Iraqi Kurdistan (tbc)
  • Designated Ambassador of Iraq in Belgium
  • Keynote by Michiel Leezenberg, University Amsterdam
09.30 - 11.30 1st Panel: Political and humanitarian situation of Yazidis CHAIR: Mirza Dinnayi, Head of Organisation Air Bridge Iraq & KRG Advisor for Disputed Areas in Iraq
  • Mato Naif, Governor Kojo (small village taken over by ISIS)
  • Dr. Hasan Nagham, Gynaecologist and volunteer aid worker for an NGO in Iraq
  • Hayder Shesho, “Shingal`s protection unit”
  • Mamou Farhan Othman, Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Duhok
  • Jamil Suleiman Haydar, Former Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Iraq
  • Prince Breen Tahseen, Iraqi diplomat
  • Khairi Elias Ali, Director General Yezidi Affairs, KRG Ministry of Religious Affairs (tbc)
  • Leyla Ferman, Co-President of the Yezidi Federation of Europe (tbc)
11.30 - 13.00 2nd Panel: Political and humanitarian situation of Assyrian Christians CHAIR: Member of the European Parliament (tbc)
  • Naher Arslan, Assyrian Institute of Belgium
  • Yonadam Yawsep Kanna, Iraqi National Assembly
  • Diya Butrus Sulaywa, National Chaldean Council and Human rights Kurdistan
  • Emanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, Archimendite, Assyrian Patriotic Party
13.00 - 15.00 Lunch- Break 15.00 - 16.30 3rd Panel: Political and humanitarian situation of Shiite origin CHAIR: Michiel Leezenberg, University Amsterdam
  • Goran Alkakay, Kakai-Intellectual, Niniveh Plains
  • Hassan Aydinli, European Turkmen Friendship, EU Representative
  • Khalid Mahmood, International Organization for Human Rights Kurdistan
16.30 - 18.00 4th Panel: The situation of smaller religious minorities of Iraq Chair: Thomas Schmidinger, LeEZA , Lecturer, University of Vienna
  • Salam Farhan, Director of Mandaean Human Rights Group
  • Dr. Shuhaib G. Nashi, Pediatrician in Morristown, NJ
  • Hagop Simonian, Armenian Youth Federation
  • Video-Statement: Aseel Salam Nimah (tbc)
18.15 - 19.45 Final Working Groups 19.45 - 20.00 Closing event-weidenholzer