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The Untold Story: The Kurdish Genocide in Iraq


In January 2013, the Kurdistan Regional Government UK representation to mark the 10th anniversary of the intervention in Iraq, the 25th anniversary of the Anfal genocide operation and the chemical attack on Halabja and the 30th anniversary of the Barzani killings. The event took place at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London.


Conference Programme: experts from around the world join KRG Ministers and British Parliamentarians to speak about the genocide in Kurdistan

Download full programme with speaker biographies here


Keynote speeches

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK and conference chairman

Aram Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, Kurdistan Regional Government




Mahmoud Osman, member of the Council of Representatives, Iraq


Dr Bernard Kouchner, Co-Founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and France’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs from 2007 to 2010



Session 1 – Ending the silence on the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, chaired by Robert Halfon MP


Keynote speaker: Dr Mahmoud Osman, Member of the Council of Representatives, Iraq

Peter Galbraith, Member of the Vermont Senate, author, academic, commentator, policy advisor, and former United States diplomat.

Prof Gareth Stansfield, Senior Associate Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, and Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter

Short film by RW Films about Dr Shorsh Haji, one of the first to collect data about those missing and killed in the Anfal. Dr Haji is a Member of the Council of Representatives, Iraq

Dr Mowaffak Al-Rubaie, civil rights campaigner and former Member of the Council of Representatives and National Security Adviser, Iraq

Tom Hardie-Forsyth, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government, and former NATO Senior Committee Chairman

Ian Hanson, Deputy Director of Forensic Science, Archaeology and Anthropology, International Commission on Mission Persons (ICMP)


Session 2 – The role of the diaspora then and now, chaired by Meg Munn MP


Link to you tube clip: ‘The role of Diaspora then and now’

Keynote speaker: Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government

Dr Kendal Nezan, President of the Kurdish Institute in Paris, France

Nadhim Zahawi, British-Kurdish MP for Stratford Upon Avon and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region

Taha Barwary, Former Minister of Sport and Youth, Kurdistan Regional Government, and activist in the Kurdish community in Sweden

Prof Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, Former Minister of Higher Education, Kurdistan Regional Government, and activist in the Kurdish community in Britain

Ihsan Al Hakim, UK and Ireland Representative of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI)


Session 3 – Bringing the perpetrators to justice, chaired by Lord Clement-Jones



Keynote speaker: Dr Zryan Abdel Yones, Health Adviser to President Barzani, former Health Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government, and witness in the trial of Saddam Hussein



Simon Minks, Public Prosecutor to the Court of Appeal in The Hague

Prof Michael Bohlander, Chair in Comparative and International Criminal Law, Durham Law School, Durham University

Prof Michael Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, USA, and former International Law Advisor to the Iraqi Judicial Chambers in 2006 and 2007

Gavriel Mairone, Founder and Managing Partner of MM-LAW LLC, an international US-based law firm representing victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, terrorism and human trafficking

Anne Dubitzky, Executive Director, Global Justice Group

Session 4 – International recognition of genocide, case studies, chaired by Baroness Nicholson



Keynote speaker: Akhtar Chaudhry, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Norway



Fredrik Malm, MP and Head of the Sweden- Kurdistan Network in the Swedish Parliament

Gillian Walnes, MBE, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Anne Frank Trust UK which is the partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

Dr Gregory Kent, Lecturer in International Relations and Human Rights, University of Roehampton, UK

David Russell, Director of Survivors Fund (SURF), a UK-based international
non-profit organization which represents and supports survivors of the
Rwandan genocide

Dr Brian Brivati, Genocide expert, adviser on conflict-affected transition states, former Professor of Contemporary History and Human Rights at Kingston University in the UK



Session 5 – Gendercide and survivor and eyewitness accounts, chaired by Fabian Hamilton MP



Keynote speaker: Richard Beeston, Foreign Editor of the UK’s Times newspaper and Halabja eyewitness 1988

Kamaran Nawrooz Haider, UK Representative of the Halabja Chemical Victims Society

Short film by RW Films on the disappearance of Barzani men and boys

Thana Al Bassam, UK-based survivor of the Faylee-Kurdish genocide

Adam Jones, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and author of Gendercide and Genocide.



Concluding remarks by Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman