The Kurdistan Groups Network held a festival at Sulaimani City Theater this week bringing together the Region’s diverse ethnic groups to celebrate co-existence and to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. 

The festival featured the music, religious anthems, and traditional clothing of the Region’s many ethnic groups.

Held every August 9, this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples focused on migration and movement. 

“Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated,” the United Nations said in a statement marking the date.

“The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed this year’s celebration.

“On this annual observance, let us commit to fully realizing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources,” he said.

Photos: Sartip Othman / Rudaw


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