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17/04//14

 

 

Minister: Islamic Militants Hamper Search for Anfal Victims in Iraql

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Searching for Kurdish victims of Saddam Hussein’s deadly Anfal campaign in areas controlled by Islamic extremists has become “almost impossible,” Kurdistan’s Anfal minister said.

 

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08/05//14

 

 

For victim-turned-guide, Iraq gas attack still vivid

Halabja (Iraq) (AFP) - For years, Umed Rashid has guided visitors around a monument to victims of a 1988 gas attack in Iraq, but unlike many guides, he learned about his subject first hand.

 

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17/04//14

 

 

British Government Joins Kurds in Marking Anfal

Today, I know that many Iraqi Kurds will be remembering those who were lost – family, friends and loved ones

 

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16/09/13

 

 

One woman's remarkable reflection on surviving genocide

Taban Shoresh was only four when Saddam Hussein’s soldiers tried to bury her and her family alive in 1986.

 

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15/04//14

 

 

Decades Later, Memories of Death Camps Haunt Kurdish Genocide Survivors

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – As Iraq’s Kurds mark the 26th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s genocidal “Anfal” campaign against them

 

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14/04//14

 

 

Iraq Kurds press states to recognise genocide

Kurds say declaring Saddam Hussein's 1988 campaign to be a genocide could help with lawsuits and healing process.

 

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11/04//14

 

 

Window on Westminster

This week's civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

 

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10/04/14: Press Release

Kurdistan – honouring the fallen and building a bright future

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07/04/14: Press Release

FCO Middle East Minister addresses Kurdish genocide survivors on 26th anniversary of Anfal

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31/03//14

 

 

Where Were You When You Heard About Halabja?

LONDON – Where were you when you heard about Saddam Hussein’s poison-gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, 26 years ago this month?

 

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19/03//14

 

 

KRG Minister: Work Progressing on Identifying Companies that Armed Saddam

Aram Ahmed, Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government, said that the KRG is working hard to gain greater support in the European Parliament to have Saddam Hussein’s “Anfal Campaign,” in which tens of thousands of Kurds were murdered and many buried in mass graves, recognized as genocide.

 

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19/03//14

 

 

Expert: Decontaminating Halabja Feasible and Would Take Two Years

LONDON - The full clean-up and decontamination of Halabja is feasible and would take around two years, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, who was asked by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to study the issue, told Rudaw.

 

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18/03//14

 

 

Ahmed Sofi of Halabja: The Hero Who Stayed

Kurdistan Ahmed Sofi of Halabja: The Hero Who Stayed By RUDAW 18/3/2014 There is no monument to Ahmed’s heroism, but for the people of Halabja, he is the symbol of loyalty and courage. Photo: Rudaw There is no monument to Ahmed’s heroism, but for the people of Halabja, he is the symbol of loyalty and courage.

 

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17/03//14

 

 

One Night in Halabja: Memories of a Ghost Town’

BARCELONA, Spain – More than two decades later, Shano Aziz still remembers the terrifying night she spent in Halabja, three years after the March 16, 1988 poison gas attack that turned it into a ghost town.

 

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17/03//14

 

 

How Far Have We Come Since the Martyred Town of Halabja?

LONDON – In the year in which the Kurdish people marked a quarter-century since the slaughter at Halabja, the world’s chemical weapons’ watchdog was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace.

 

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16/03/14

 

Halabja in Perspective

International recognition of the massacre of Iraq’s Kurds as genocide is slowly gaining momentum

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16/03/14

 

Twenty-Sixth Anniversary of Halabja Massacre

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the horrific massacre by Saddam Hussein’s regime of over 5,000 innocent civilians in a chemical weapons attack on the city of Halabja, in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. Another 10,000 innocent civilians were blinded and maimed.

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15/03/14

 

 

The Gassing of Halabja Turned the Card on the Kurds in 1988

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988 brought a major and negative turnaround in the Kurdish struggle against the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

 

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15/03/14

 

 

Why Halabja Still Haunts the Kurds

BARCELONA, Spain – Why is it so important for Iraq’s Kurds to have the world acknowledge Saddam Hussein’s mass murders against them as genocide?

 

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13/03/14

 

 

‘Justice for Halabja’ Seminar Draws Parallels With Syria Chemical Attack

LONDON - Parallels between the chemical bombing of Halabja in 1988 and in Syria last August were drawn by a panel of experts and lawyers speaking at a seminar held in the UK parliament on Monday.

 

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10/03/14: Press Release

Remembering Halabja - Survivors, human rights experts, MPs and journalists mark 26th anniversary of chemical attacks in Iraq at Westminster seminar

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15/01/14: Press Release

Robert Halfon MP: Terrorism, Syria and the Genocide – Kurdistan’s challenges will be her salvation

Robert Halfon recently visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq with the All-Party Kurdistan Group. In this article he describes the three challenges facing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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01/01/14

 

 

Anfal: ‘Recognition Means Protection’

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Saddam Hussein’s genocide against the Kurds should not be forgotten by history and should be taught at schools, said Struan Stevensen, a British MP in the European Parliament and head of the Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq.

 

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14/01/14

 

 

Robert Halfon MP: Terrorism, Syria and the Genocide – Kurdistan’s challenges will be her salvation

Robert Halfon recently visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq with the All-Party Kurdistan Group. In this article he describes the three challenges facing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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03/01/14

 

Taimoor: sole survivor of the Garmyan Anfal campaign

Taimoor Ahmad was 12 in 1988 when Saddam’s Anfal campaign began in Garmyan/Calar. This is a translated summary of his interview with the Kurdish journalist Aref Qurbani which appeared in Kurdish in the book, ‘Taimoor, Only Survivor of the Anfal Campaign’.

 

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01/01/14

 

 

Sweden Inquiry for Asylum Seekers Suspected in Kurdish Genocide

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Sweden is investigating at least five Iraqi asylum seekers and seeking help from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), following suspicions they may have been involved in genocide against the Kurds under Saddam Hussein.

 

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18/12/13: Press Release

British Government pledges support for Anfal Day to acknowledge the suffering of Iraq’s Kurds

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29/11/13

 

 

US Congress to consider recognition of Kurdish genocide

London, UK (KRG.org) – Two members of the US Congress have tabled a resolution calling on the House of Representatives and the government to recognise the genocide against the Kurds in Iraq.

 

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28/11/13

 

 

Erbil to Compensate Anfal Victims From Oil Revenues

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq plans to compensate victims of Baghdad’s many crackdowns against the Kurds out of revenues from oil exports, if Baghdad continues to ignore Erbil’s demands for compensation.

 

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28/10/2013

 

Special report from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Feature on Iraqi Kurdistan which includes a visit to Halabja

Listen from 00:21:00

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11/06/13

 

Syria chemical weapons monitors win Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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10/10/13

Time to recognise Kurds are victims of genocide, too

 

By Martin Bright, October 10, 2013

 

In August, the Prime Minister gave an interesting response to a question from the campaigning Harlow MP, Robert Halfon, about intervention in Syria.

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20/09/13

 

 

Iraqi Chemical Attacks

 

Twenty-five years ago the Reagan administration in the US decided not to punish Saddam Hussein for gassing Kurdish people in northern Iraq. The US Senate had passed a bill calling for sanctions against Iraq - but it was never signed into law. Hear from Peter Galbraith, the man who drafted the legislation.

 

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16/09/13

 

 

It was the biggest attack with chemical weapons since Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurdish town of Halabja 25 years ago, the UN confirmed.

A TAXI driver has inspired a town to dedicate a memorial stone to victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

 

At the insistence of Syria’s regime, the UN mission which investigated the attacks on Aug 21 was forbidden from identifying the perpetrator. It did, however, uncover evidence - including the precise weapons used in the assault - which implicates Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to experts.

 

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13/09/13

 

 

Middlesbrough pays tribute to victims of Kurdish massacres

A TAXI driver has inspired a town to dedicate a memorial stone to victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

 

Two trees have been planted at Albert Park and a memorial stone unveiled in Middlesbrough to commemorate those killed and exiled from Kurdistan in the Middle East.

 

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05/09/13: Press Release

Kurdish genocide survivors and MPs deliver letters to Number 10 calling for recognition of the Kurdish genocide

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10/06/13

 

 

Kurds who suffered Saddam Hussein chemical weapons attack accuse French suppliers

Twenty survivors of Saddam Hussein’s deadly 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja have requested a judicial investigation of French suppliers, saying executives knew what they were sending to the Iraqi dictator.

 

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10/06/13

 

 

Victims of Saddam-era poison gas attack on Kurds demand French investigation into suppliers

PARIS — Twenty victims of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, requested a judicial investigation of French suppliers on Monday, saying executives knew what they were sending to the Iraqi dictator and bore some responsibility.

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10/06/13

 

Complaint filed against companies in Halabja chemical attack case

In 1988 a chemical attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja in northern Iraq killed 5000 people and injured some 10000 others.

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24/04/13

 

 

Dutch court orders chemical trader to pay Saddam gas victims

A Dutch businessman who sold Iraq's former regime chemicals that were used in deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq and in Iran was ordered on Wednesday to pay 400,000 euros ($520,000) in compensation to some of the victims.

 

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23/04/13

 

 

The world must condemn any chemical weapons attacks in Syria — the Kurdish people in Iraq know the effects only too well

Sir, The Foreign Secretary must follow through on his statement that the international community should hold the Assad regime to...

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15/04/13

 

 

Scottish Legislator: ‘I Wanted the Whole World to Know I Love the Kurdish People’

GLASGOW, Scotland -- At a recent session in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the Kurdish genocide, Scottish Labor Party member Hanzala Malik appeared in traditional Kurdish clothes.

 

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15/04/13: Press Release

Survivors commemorate 25th anniversary of Anfal genocide campaign in Iraq

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02/04/13

 

 

Whatever you think of the Iraq War, for the Kurds it was a liberation

Talk of 'invasion' and 'occupation' ignores the effect on a long-suffering minority

 

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18/03/13

 

 

Genocide never leaves us. It is in every face in this town

25 years after 5,000 were killed in massacre, we speak to the survivors in Iraqi town Halabja

 

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18/03/13

 

 

U.S. mourns occasion of Halabja massacre

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. government said it was ready to help ensure those behind the Halabja massacre in Iraq's Kurdish region in 1988 would face justice.

 

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18/03/13

 

 

Remembering Halabja

Iraqi Kurdistan commemorates twenty-five years since Saddam Hussein's gas attacks

 

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18/03/13

 

 

25th Anniversary of the Halabja Massacre: Recognition as a Tool to Prevent Genocide

The Hague, 18 March 2013 - UNPO brought together scholars, politicians and activists for a Conference to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Halabja Massacre.

 

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18/03/13

 

 

Hundreds of Halabja Kurds still suffer from Saddam’s poison attack

On March 16, 1988, 5,000 Kurds died in the city and 10,000 were injured after a seven-hour bombardment by Saddam Hussein’s jets and artillery.

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16/03/13

 

 

Iraqi Kurds mark 25 years since Halabja gas attack

Kurds in northern Iraq have been commemorating the 25th anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on the town of Halabja by Saddam Hussein's forces.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Kurds Mark 25th Anniversary of Halabja Massacre

Kurds across the globe are marking the 25th anniversary of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's deadly chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Iraqi Kurd town marks 25 years since deadly gas attack

Kurdish town marks the 25th anniversary of gas attacks which killed approximately 5,000 Kurds

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Iraqis mark 25th anniversary of Halabja gas attack

People in northern Iraq have marked the 25th anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on Halabja town by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Halabja massacre's 5,000 victims commemorated in 25th anniversary

Thousands of Kurds joined commemorations for the 25th anniversary of the Halabja massacre in northern Iraq on March 16.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Halabja gas attack commemorated 25 years later by Iraqi Kurds

The town of Halabja was attacked by Saddam Hussein's forces in March 1988.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

25 Years Ago, the U.S. Let Saddam Murder 5,000 Kurds

It was 25 years ago on March 16, 1988 that Kurds in Halabja, northern Iraq, glanced above their heads to find chemical bombs being dropped by Iraqi aircraft.

 

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16/03/13

 

 

Hundreds gather to mark 25th anniversary of Halabja gas attack

Kurds in northern Iraq have gathered to mark 25 years since a deadly gas attack in Halabja by Saddam Hussein's forces.

 

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15/03/13

 

 

25 Years After Worst Chemical-Weapon Massacre In History, Saddam Hussein's Attack On Halabja in Iraq, The City Is Reborn

 

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28/02/13: Press Release

UK MPs and Survivors commemorate 25th anniversary of Halabja chemical attacks in Iraq

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20/03/13

 

 

What Are Chemical Weapons and How Would Syria Use Them?

Chemical weapons disable, injure, or kill by disrupting the normal physiological processes of their victims. They include lethal nerve, blister, blood, and choking agents; nonlethal incapacitating agents that induce temporary paralysis in their victims; and tear gas.

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18/03/13

 

 

Hundreds of Halabja Kurds still suffer from Saddam’s poison attack

On March 16, 1988, 5,000 Kurds died in the city and 10,000 were injured after a seven-hour bombardment by Saddam Hussein’s jets and artillery.

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15/03/13

Herald Scotland

Iraq suffered under Saddam Hussein and it is false to pretend otherwise

 

Nigel Dewar Gibb (March 11) claims "Blair opened the floodgates of suffering on the Iraqi people"; Tom Minogue (March 14) alleges that Gordon Brown "promised to sign the cheques for the destruction of Iraq".

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12/03/13

 

 

I was wrong. We were right to topple Saddam

Britain looked the other way while genocide took place in Iraq. We could have prevented it

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11/03/13

 

 

Kurds call it a liberation

ENGLAND is ‘the mother of parliaments’ and inspires people around the world. I often meet overseas visitors who say they look to us for a lead on human rights and democracy.

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01/03/13

 

 

MPs recognise Saddam Hussein’s Kurdish massacre as genocide

Parliament last night recognised the murder of hundreds of thousands of Kurds at the hands of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as genocide.

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28/02/13: Press Release

UK Parliament formally recognizes Kurdish genocide in Iraq

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28/02/13: Press Release

UK 'CAN RECOGNISE KURDISH GENOCIDE' - Press Association

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28/02/13

 

 

KURDISH GENOCIDE

There’s a lot of Iraq anniversary coverage at the moment. But today, MPs will tell Parliament that it’s time for the Government to formally recognise the Kurdish genocide. Writing for PoliticsHome's Central Lobby ahead of a Commons debate, Iraqi-born Nadhim Zahawi warns that "there is a danger that we drop our guard" by not remembering Saddam Hussein's persecution of the Kurds.

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28/02/13

 

MPs in the House of Commons will today (Thursday February 28) take the unusual step of discussing an Iraq related issue in which it will be agreed that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction did indeed exist and were in fact used, writes Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, high representative to the UK of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq.

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28/02/13

 

 

Nadhim Zahawi MP writes for Central Lobby ahead of the backbench business debate calling for the recognition of the Kurdish genocide in Iraq.

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21/02/13

 

 

What would Iraq be like if we hadn’t gone in?

Ten years after the invasion the country is more secure and democratic.

The alternative was Syria on steroids

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Never forget Saddam’s crimes

 

By Robert Halfon, February 22, 2013

 

Which people today has the most similarity with the modern Jewish story of marginalisation, demonisation, persecution, genocide, redemption and revival? The answer is unexpected. It is a Muslim nation in the Middle East: Kurdistan.

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13/02/13: Press Release

Campaigners win a Parliamentary debate on the Kurdish genocide in Iraq, following more than 27,000 signatures on Government e-petition

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24/01/13: Press Release

Baroness Morris signs petition to recognise the Kurdish genocide in Iraq

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Baroness Morris signs petition

18/01/13: Press Release

International experts make legal case for recognition of the Iraqi Kurdish genocide at London Conference

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17/01/13: Press Release

Tom Hardie-Forsyth, former NATO Senior Committee Chairman, warns US Government against the sale of fighter jets to Iraq

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17/01/13: Press Release

Gillian Walnes of the Anne Frank Trust UK speaks at international conference to mark 25th anniversary of genocide in Iraq

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17/01/13: Press Release

Genocide victims given a voice at first international conference to mark the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq

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17/01/13: Press Release

Dr Bernard Kouchner, former French Foreign Minister, supports campaign for recognition of Kurdish Genocide in Iraq

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16/01/13: Press Release

British Government responds to calls to recognize the genocide in Iraq, as more than 26,000 people sign e-petition

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Iraqi Kurds Know Where Despots' Urges Lead

Thousands of Britons agree that it's time for the silence to end. An e-petition sponsored by Nadhim Zahawi MP, calling for the Kurdish genocide to be recognized by the British government, currently has over 25,000 signatures. Without external recognition and the threat of a genocide trial in the Hague, it is unsurprising that dictators like Assad believe they can get away with mass murder scot-free.

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HM Government petitions

British Government respond to justice4genocide e-petition
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14/12/12: Press Release

Swedish Parliament recognises Saddam Hussein’s genocide
- Justice4Genocide calls on Britain to do the same

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22/11/12: Press Release

Norwegian Government recognises Saddam Hussein’s genocide - Justice4Genocide calls on the British Government to do the same

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Monocle Daily

Interview with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

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Kurds seek UK backing over Iraq 'genocide'

Article by Glenn Campbell, BBC World Service News reporter

Iraqi Kurds in Britain have begun a campaign for the mass murder of their people in Iraq in the late-1980s to be formally recognised as genocide.

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Campaign group urges government recognition for Kurdish genocide

Members of a new campaign group are urging the UK government to formally recognise the killing of Iraqi Kurds by Saddam Hussein as genocide.

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BBC World Service - Justice for Iraqi Kurds (Radio)

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Survivors of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime fight for Iraq-Kurdish genocide recognition in Manchester campaign

Survivors of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime were joined by the people of Manchester on Saturday as part of a campaign to urge the UK Government to officially recognise the Kurdish genocide.

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29/10/12: Press Release

Survivors of Saddam Hussein’s regime living in Britain call on British people to stand by them and recognise the genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq

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Prosecution Wants 1 Million Euros From Dutch War Criminal

06/10/2012

By WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) has appealed to take from convicted Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat 1 million Euro he made as profit selling chemicals to the regime of Saddam Hussein.


Van Anraat claims that he spent the money after fleeing Iraq following the fall of Hussein’s regime in 2003.


Van Anraat was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for selling chemicals to the government in Baghdad, knowing it was being used by the Iraqi army against Iran and its own Kurdish population in the 1980s.


5000 civilians were killed in Halabja after Iraqi jets dropped chemical bombs on the Kurdish town near the Iranian border in 1988.


An earlier court rule demanded Van Anraat to pay back 3,500 euros, because it could not be proved that the entire amount was earned in delivering chemicals to the Baath-regime.
Dana Halabjaiy, chairman of the Foundation of the Halabja Monument in the Netherlands, wonders what will happen with the money.


“A Dutch businessman earned money, and now the government gets the money. We are still victims. This is good for justice in the Netherlands, but not for Halabja. The money should go to a hospital or the rebuilding of this city which was destroyed by chemical weapons.”


In 2009, Kurdish victims of Saddam Hussein’s chemical attacks demanded compensation from Frans van Anraat.


A ruling on the case is expected within weeks.

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Genocide against Iraq’s Kurds shows that more than words are required in Syria

Article by John Slinger

This article is an abridged version of a speech made by John Slinger at the Kurdistan regional government UK representation fringe event at Labour party conference 2012, 2 October 2012.

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KURDISH GENOCIDE DISCUSSED AT POLITICAL PARTY CONFERENCES

 

Earlier this week, a range of policymakers and experts met at Labour Party Conference to discuss Kurdish lessons for Syria and the Middle East.

 

The meeting, organised by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) UK Representation, attracted over 70 people including diplomats from several countries. Speakers included Mike Gapes MP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Robert Lowe of the Middle East Centre, and John Slinger, Chair of Pragmatic Radicalism. The meeting was chaired by Gary Kent, Director of Labour Friends of Iraq.

 

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG High Representative to the UK said, “Representation’s participation at the annual party conferences gives us the opportunity to speak about Kurdistan and Iraq to British decision-makers, and we appreciate the warm welcome we have received at the all party conferences.”

 

Ms Rahman added, “This year we have brought to the conferences a discussion about intervention and the Kurdish case. While the Kurdish experience with the international community in the past has been mixed, one major lesson is that the decisions of John Major and Tony Blair to intervene saved many lives and built a foundation for stability and security in our region.”

A second event will be held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Tuesday October 9, at 5.30pm in the The ICC - Hall 8B.

 

 

Kurdish lessons for Syria

Dave Anderson MP writes for Labour List on Kurdish lessons for Syria

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Action on Syria

Gary Kent writes for Progress Online that for the international community dealing with Syria, lessons can be learnt from the Kurdish experience

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Hillsborough and Halabja – The Search for Justice and Truth

Gary Kent writes for the Huffington Post that the victims of Halabja need the truth in order to move on

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Calling all students

 

The Justice 4 Genocide campaign is currently visiting Freshers’ Fairs across the country to gather signatures for the petition. Thus far, we have been to Portsmouth and Kent Universities. It’s been fantastic to see the positive reaction from students keen to learn how they can help the campaign.

 

This week, we will visit UCL, then Newcastle and Oxford University. If you would like to get involved, please contact justice4genocide@luther.co.uk or visit our Get Involved section!

 

Anniversary of the chemical attack on Mergapan

16/09/12

This Sunday marks the anniversary of the chemical attack on Mergapan

 

On 16th September 1987 the Kurdish village of Mergapan was subjected to a brutal chemical attack by Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath regime. The attack on Mergapan was part of the mass killings carried out by Saddam’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid, commonly known as Chemical Ali.

 

Currently the British Government does not recognise this act of mass murder as genocide. Kurdish families are still suffering the effects of the chemical attacks. Many need specialised medical treatment, and babies in the area are stillborn with deformities as a result.

 

Today, Justice 4 Genocide calls on the public to sign its petition and urge the British Government to recognise the genocide. Recognition is the first step in achieving justice for the victims and survivors, who are still suffering today.

 

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04/09/12

 

Anniversary of mass killing and deportation of Faylee Kurds
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the mass killings and deportation of Faylee Kurds.

 

The deportations started by forcefully relocating many Faylee Kurds to Iran. Many people’s homes and belongings were taken over by regime officials after their disappearance. This process lasted until May 1990. Furthermore, around 10,000 Faylee Kurds fell victim to biological and chemical weapons attacks ordered by Saddam Hussein. The Faylee Kurds were effectively rendered into non-citizens. Adult males aged 18-55 were detained and sent to various prison complexes in the country, with no trial before incarceration. Young people between the ages of 17 and 32 were reportedly thrown into mass graves alive. It is estimated that between 13,000 and 30,000 Faylee Kurds died in captivity or were systematically murdered.

 

On 29th November 2010, the Iraqi Court of Justice recognised this campaign as genocide and sentenced three individuals to death for authorizing a number of the killings between the 1980s and 1990s. These were Sahdun Shakir, Mirzban Khizr and Aziz Salih. Two others accused of involvement in the killings received prison sentences of 15 years each. Furthermore, the Iraqi high criminal court found Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister Tariq Aziz guilty of committing crimes against Faylee Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war, sentencing him to 10 years in prison. He was convicted for displacing and killing Faylee Kurds.

 

04/09/12: Press Release

Iraqi Paralympic team includes first ever Kurdish athlete Kurdish athletes can now compete following the fall of Saddam Hussein

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02/09/12

Huffington Post

 

Desmond Tutu Still Does Not Agree With the War

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29/08/12: Press Release

Justice 4 Genocide campaign marks anniversary of the final stage of Anfal - Saddam Hussein’s genocidal campaign

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23/08/12: Press Release

Kurdish Genocide documentary by award-winning team screened in Edinburgh

Beyond Borders premiered the documentary Kulajo: My Heart Is Darkened this Wednesday 22nd August 2012, at the Edinburgh Filmhouse, as part of the Beyond Borders ‘Small Nations in Cinema’ season.

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21/08/12

Huffington Post

 

Why the Kurdish Genocide Needs Recognising

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21/08/12: Press Release

Response to Syrian Chemical Weapon Warning

Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, High Representative to the UK Kurdistan Regional Government comments.

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18/08/12

Saturday 18th August is the anniversary of the mass killing in Surrian village, in which 39 civilians lost their lives. Sign the petition to recognise the genocide here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31014

10/08/12

 

Recognising genocide in Iraq: An article written by Meg Munn MP

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31/07/12: Press Release

Justice For Iraqi Kurds’ campaign marks anniversary of male massacre with call to British Government to recognize the genocide in Iraq

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26/07/12: Press Release

Boy who fled Iraq will carry Olympic torch through London

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12/07/12

 

 

Co-Chair of the APPG on Kurdistan Nadhim Zahawi MP describes a recent visit to the country and how British people can help the situation by signing the e-petition on recognition of genocide.

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02/07/12: Press Release

MPs call on the British Government to recognize the mass murder of Iraqi Kurds as genocide

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16/05/12

 

 

Robert Halfon MP tells Conservative Home why the British Government should formally recognise historic atrocities against the Iraqi Kurds

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16/05/12

 

 

‘Saddam’s attacks on us must be called genocide – to stop it happening again’

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