Nechir­van Barzani: An im­por­tant mile­stone in our strug­gle for jus­tice

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Ear­lier to­day the Bri­tish par­lia­ment held a de­bate on whether to rec­og­nize the crimes com­mit­ted against the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan in Iraq as geno­cide. We are pleased not only that such a de­bate took place but also that the Bri­tish par­lia­ment now for­mally rec­og­nizes the Kur­dish geno­cide.

This is an im­por­tant mile­stone in our strug­gle for jus­tice, recog­ni­tion and com­pen­sa­tion for the thou­sands of men, women and chil­dren who died at the hands of the former regime. It is a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark for the sur­vivors of the An­fal and chem­i­cal bom­bard­ment and for the chil­dren of those who were mar­tyred as they try to re­build their lives.

We thank all those who worked hard to make this de­bate take place: the thou­sands of Kurds in the UK and Bri­tish friends of Kur­dis­tan who signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for ac­knowl­edge­ment of the geno­cide; the Bri­tish mem­bers of par­lia­ment, es­pe­cially the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, who worked to se­cure the de­bate; and the KRG UK Rep­re­sen­ta­tion who ini­ti­ated this project and fol­lowed it through to its suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion. We also wel­come the state­ment by the Mid­dle East Min­is­ter Alis­tair Burt dur­ing the de­bate that the government will work with the op­po­si­tion party to col­lec­tively find a way to do more on ac­knowl­edg­ing the geno­cide even though the government does not for­mally rec­og­nize it.

The Bri­tish par­lia­ment's recog­ni­tion of the geno­cide fol­lows sim­i­lar ac­knowl­edge­ments by the Nor­we­gian and Swedish par­lia­ments last year. We thank them all and hope that this will in­spire our friends and friends of hu­man rights and free­dom in other coun­tries to do the same. We must all stand to­gether against tyranny, where ever it may ap­pear.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani vis­it­ing the site of the sculp­ture of the famed Hal­abja geno­cide vic­tim of the 1988, Omar Khawar em­brac­ing his child. March 3. 2013

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani

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