There is no clear plan regarding how the Nineveh Plains will be governed after liberation and how the minorities will be protected, underlined the spokeswoman on Humans Right and Foreign Policy for the German Greens and Member of the European Parliament, Barbara Lochbihler, during her visit at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) on Monday, 31 October, 2016. Towards that end, the European Union should become more active in engaging the local actors on the ground to resolve political problems and stabilise Iraq through dialogue and reconciliation. So far, the EU parliamentarians are not dealing with Iraq in a comprehensive manner, she added.
In her meeting with MERI’s research fellows, the MEP showed particular interest in the latest developments vis-à-vis Mosul and MERI’s work on minorities in the Nineveh Plains entitled Perceptions on Reconciliation and Conflict among Minorities in Northern Iraq. The MEP stressed the importance of a political plan in Nineveh that addresses the grievances of the local population, including the minorities.
MERI’s President, Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, mentioned that people have high expectations of the role of the EU for humanitarian and stabilisation purposes. MERI aims to be a platform for dialogue between international, regional and local stakeholders, Ala’Aldeen stressed. He also argued that it is the coordination of all these actors that can bring better results in addressing ethno-sectarianism and promoting good governance and rule of law.
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About MERI: The Middle East Research Institute is Iraq’s leading policy-research institute and think tank. It is an independent, entirely grant-funded not-for-profit organisation, based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Its mission is to contribute to the process of nation-building, state-building and democratisation via engagement, research, analysis and policy debates.
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MERI’s main objectives include promoting and developing human rights, good governance, the rule of law and social and economic prosperity. MERI conduct high impact, high quality research (including purpose-based field work) and has published extensively in areas of: human rights, government reform, international politics, national security, ISIS, refugees, IDPs, minority rights (Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, Shabaks, Sabi mandeans), Baghdad-Erbil relations, Hashd Al-Shabi, Peshmarga, violence against women, civil society. MERI engages policy- and decision-makers, the civil society and general public via publication, focused group discussions and conferences (MERI Forum).