Iraqi Kurdistan: "The World is Everyone's Home"

REFLECTIONS OF A KURDISH DELEGATION MEMBER

bSeptember-October delegation visits villages facing exploitation by multinational oil conglomeratesy Latif Hars

Latif Hars, from the Kurdish village of Gullan, is a partner of the CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team. He shared these reflections after participating in a recent Iraqi Kurdistan delegation.

CPT is an international organization that works for peace and human rights. CPT is valuable, especially in our world today, which is so full of conflict.

Some people believe that violence is the only solution to conflict, and beautiful cultures and ecosystems are the victims of these violent solutions. People, animals, and plants are destroyed for the benefit of a small group of powerful people.

Members of CPT, and those who are working with CPT, believe in human rights for everyone, regardless of the borders created by politicians. We have to see the world as one big home, including in it people from all colors and mentalities. Every person should be accepted and have rights as long as those rights do not cause them to abuse others. The world is everyone’s home and human beings are one family.

When a child is born, the place, culture, and religion in which they are raised is beyond their control. A child born in the United States will be different from a child born in Kurdistan, Europe, or Australia. Right now when we look at a child, we do not see the human being; we see their religion or culture.

If we plant in all people’s souls the willingness to apologize, this will over time become part of our cultures. Planting this willingness is not easy work, but doing so will help us respect ourselves as human beings and have true freedom, where we are not divided by religion, culture, ideology, or racism. We are all equal in our time on earth and our trip to the sky.

In my time as a CPT delegate, I learned many things. I believe that CPT has an important role to play in supporting human rights around the world and presenting peaceful solutions to crises, especially here in Iraqi Kurdistan. They also connect human rights activists from around the world and help us get to know each other better. CPT works to reduce the power of the most powerful countries, and to give more power to minority communities.

CPT as a peace organization can benefit from the history of people working for peace and freedom. Together we can put more pressure on authorities around the world that use “national security” as an excuse to control decisionmaking and finances in their country without thinking about the well-being of all.