Asayish (Kurdistan Regional Government)
|Encumena Asayîşa Herêma Kurdistanê|
|Headquarters||Erbil , Duhok and Sulaymaniyah|
|Parent agency||Kurdish National Assembly|
Asayîş or Asayish (Kurdish for security) is the Kurdish security organization and the primary intelligence agency operating in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. The organization was established in September 1993 and has been often referred to as "intelligence agency", "security force", "security service", "security", "secret service", "secret police", or just "Kurdish police." Asayesh coordinates and shares information with Parastin and Zanyari, the investigative arms and intelligence gatherers operating in the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
Its official goals according to the Kurdistan authority are:
- Counter-drug trafficking
- Gathering intelligence
- Assessing threats to Iraq’s national security.
The organization has jurisdiction over:
In 2009 Amnesty International accused Asayesh of abusing human rights and claimed that the agency was "above the law" in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government criticized Amnesty by stating:
Most of the information provided in the report chronicles problems we had just after the fall of Saddam, when we were still subject to Saddam-era penal codes...Amnesty had a particular agenda and used dubious information, often very old, to paint an unrealistically harsh picture of the security forces in our Region by bringing up allegations of abuse at a prisons such as Aqra, which have long been closed.
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