The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is an autonomous region of Iraq with an institutionalized, functioning government;
An independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is scheduled for September 25, 2017;
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s current government is a democracy;
Iraqi Kurdistan has remained committed to the respect of the rule of law and human rights;
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has consistently upheld the rights of ethnic and religious minorities;
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has accepted and is caring for 1.8 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
The citizens of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have the right to vote on a proposal for self-determination;
The constitution of Iraq was ratified by a referendum in 2005, thus the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s planned independence referendum reflects the same democratic principles and respect for the will of Iraqi Kurdistan’s citizens;
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to support the right of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to hold a referendum on September 25, 2017, on whether to pursue independence, and to recognize whatever outcome results from the transparent, democratic, and legitimate will of the people of Iraqi Kurdistan.
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