Fifth Open Debates Conference on Minority Representation

KAS AND OTT HOLD CONFERENCE IN ERBIL Before Kurdish Election

August 16 Thursday

Date/time

August 16, 2018

Loc.

Rotana Hotel, Erbil, Iraq

Type

Congress

On August 16, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Open Think Tank (OTT) hold the fifth Open Debates Conference in Erbil, focusing on the quota system of representation for ethnic and religious minorities in the Kurdish Regional Parliament.

Also available in Deutsch

Besides the Kurds who make up the majority of its population, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) hosts a diverse range of ethnic and religious minorities such as Assyrian-Chaldeans, Turkmens, Armenians, Arabs, Christians, Yazidis, Kakais, Shabaks, Zoroastrians, Sabis and Muslims. With eleven out of 111 seats allocated to minorities, the quota system in the Kurdish Regional Parliament ensures the representation of three of these groups: the Assyrian-Chaldeans, Turkmens and Armenians. Other minorities are thus unsatisfied with the current system of representation that excludes them from the legislative process and the decision-making at the level of the KRI.

In the aftermath of the Iraqi elections this May and ahead of the regional elections planned in the KRI for the fall, OTT and KAS are holding the fifth Open Debates in Erbil to discuss the extent to which the inclusion of minority groups in the decision-making process is effective and efficient.

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Contact person

Dr. Malte Gaier

Resident Representative Lebanon | Acting Head of KAS Office Syria/Iraq

Dr. Malte Gaier
Phone +961 1 388 095/6
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ عربي,‎ اردو