ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Omar Yousef ShehabiOmar Yousef Shehabi is a legal officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). He writes here in his individual capacity. The views expressed herein are his sole responsibility and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the United Nations or UNRWA.
POSTS BY Omar Yousef Shehabi
22 Oktober 2017Omar Yousef Shehabi
The Kurdistan Independence Referendum and Constitutional Self-DeterminationIraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding independence referendum on 25 September 2017. Voters were asked: ‘Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?’ Voting occurred in Kirkuk and the Kurdish-controlled parts of other territories in northern Iraq whose disputed status is recognized in the Iraqi constitution. In retrospect, Kurdish leaders seem to have overreached politically, as the Iraqi armed forces and allied militias have in recent days seized Kirkuk Governorate from Kurdish control. But was it legal overreach? Continue reading >>