Iraq’s FM spokesman rejects claims on execution of Iraqi refugees on Polish border

A picture taken on November 8, 2021 shows migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — No concrete evidence has been acquired so far, regarding the mass execution of Iraqi refugees and secret burial on the Polish border, said the spokesperson of the Iraqi foreign ministry on Thursday.

Previously we had tasked Iraq’s embassy in Warsaw, in coordination with polishes as well. In order to investigate the claims about the execution of Iraqi refugees by Polish border guards, said spokesperson of Iraq’s ministry of foreign affairs Ahmed Al-Sahaf.

“In coordination with all Polish authorities, we launched investigations. We found out the claims circulated on foreign and local news outlets are untrue, no evidence exists” he said.

“No complaints have been received as well to our ministry” he added.

Meanwhile, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Has called upon the issue as “FAKE NEWS” in a statement. 

“Some media outlets in Iraq and the region published outrageous FAKE NEWS about the alleged crimes against Iraqis on the Polish-Belarussian border, citing Kremlin-affiliated RT. Let’s state the obvious: such claims are false & part of disinformation campaign against Poland”. the statement said.

On Wednesday, Iraq’s Parliament committee of foreign relations demanded an international investigation of allegations reports regarding the mass execution and secret burial of Iraqi refugees on the Polish border.

After on June 6, the Central Office of the Investigation Committee in Belarus revealed, during a meeting with an Iraqi delegation, that it had documented crimes committed by the Polish security forces against 135 Iraqi citizens on the Belarusian-Polish border in 2021.

The Commission of investigation has revealed that an Iraqi delegation visiting Minsk handed over evidence and information about the mass and secret executions of Iraqi refugees by Polish soldiers, on the Polish side of the border with Belarus, said the Committee in a joint statement with the Iraqi delegation on Wednesday.

Member of Iraq’s Parliament foreign relations committee Muthana Amin said, we received news of polish soldiers executing Iraqi refugees, and we addressed our embassy in Poland to obtain the facts.

“If these allegation reports are correct, we will take action because this is a disgraceful crime and flagrant violation of human rights,” Muthana Said.

In November 2021 a massive number of Iraqi and Kurdish refugees stormed into Belorussia. After the country started to grant visas to Iraqi citizens.

This, resulted in the foundation of a new migration route to enter European Union countries and seek asylum. Refugees were crossing the Polish-Belarussian border illegally in order to get to their dreamland most likely Germany.

However, Thousands of desperate people, from the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, spent huge sums of money on plane tickets and paid traffickers for what they expected to be a smooth journey into Poland and Western Europe. Many have died and vanished inside frozen woodland from Belarus into Poland.

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