By Hamma Mirwaisi and Alison Buckley
Ever since their assumption of power the Kurdish sheiks Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani have placed themselves, their governments, and their organisations above many of the crucial laws in Kurdistan protecting the people from corruption, economic inequities, human-rights abuses, and assassination and other forms of murder. Observers must now ask why clauses of the post-Iraq-occupation US-sponsored Kurdish constitution have now been set aside in a nation whose forbear, Dayukku, the founder of Median Empire and Cyrus the Great, formulated laws based on justice and equity two and a half thousand years ago?'
Acting like they are above the law, Kurdish tribal leaders and Kurdish Sayyied leaders of Arab origin and Kurdish non-Sayyied religious sheik leaders now facilitate the murder of their countrymen and women and receive no punishment. Sponsored by the central governments of Iran, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, they operate strategically to keep them in power.
The leader of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), Abdullah Oca an's revolution rose in defiance of these errors before fighting for the liberation of the Kurdish people from the occupiers of Kurdistan. Now, most of the other Kurdish political parties are following the destructive patterns set by Kurdish tribal leaders, Kurdish Arab Sayyieds, and Kurdish sheiks; not much has changed for the Kurdish people in the last 2500 years.
Kurds must learn to respect their laws. Courts of law must function to punish criminals, not just allow their senseless killing of ordinary citizens for no apparent reason. In contrast, to gain and keep the trust of the Kurdish people, The Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) incorporating the PKK, PJAK, PYD, and PCDK must now produce a declaration promising them that they are not going to assassinate or kill any Kurds. They must undertake to use the law courts to punish criminal Kurds.
Critically, the KCK as the leader of the Kurdish people worldwide must now speak out on behalf of Kurdish journalist Kawa Garmyani, who was gunned downed after investigating the corrupt rule of Jalal Talabani's family in that part of Kurdistan.
The organisation must demand the apprehension, trial, and punishment of his killer.
The Kurdish people should not tolerate any sign that the KCK's leaders are following the footsteps of Kurdish tribal leaders, Kurdish Sayyied Arab, and Kurdish sheiks' unjust practices in Kurdistan. The suffering of Kurds at the hand of other Kurds must stop from now on.
But with those Kurdish tribal leaders, Kurdish Sayyieds of Arab origin and Kurdish Sheiks in the KCK leadership already changing Abdullah Ocalan's teachings, the Kurdish people must speak out now before it is too late. Otherwise, in time the KCK will be similar to Barzani's KDP or Talabani's PUK or the other political parties in Kurdistan.
In many KCK organizations, including the Kurdish National Congress (KNK), the children of Kurdish tribal leaders, Kurdish Sayyied of Arab origin, and Kurdish sheiks are leaders of organizations affiliated with the KCK, which does not bode well for the Kurdish people. They must ask why the KCK (PKK, PJAK, PYD, and PCDK) organizations are allowing the ideological influence of Kurdish tribal leaders, Kurdish Sayyied Arabs, and Kurdish sheiks to take over Abdullah Ocalan's organization.
Ocalan's teachings on women are an important issue in the battle for the hearts and minds of the Kurdish people. Thousands of Kurdish women have given their lives for freedom from oppressive religious strictures and murders and they will not support anything less than Ocalan's doctrines of equality and independence of male-dominated ideologies.
Kurdish people must learn lesson from what happened to Kurds in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq; Barzani, Talabani, Dazai tribal leaders, Zebari tribal leaders, and others ruling Kurdistan now have a limited following and too much corrupt power. The question for the Kurdish people is, "Do you see any rule of law in that part of Kurdistan?'
We are calling on Kurdish intellectuals to ask the KCK to safeguard Abdullah Ocalan's teachings. The KCK is the only hope for the Kurdish people's desire to be ruled by law. If they do not act there might not be respect for the laws in Kurdistan for hundreds of years.