State­ment by Pres­i­dent Barzani on Bri­tish par­lia­ment’s recog­ni­tion of Kur­dish geno­cide

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

The Bri­tish par­lia­ment last week for­mally rec­og­nized the geno­cide in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan. We are pleased that the par­lia­ment took this de­ci­sion and did so af­ter an im­pas­sioned de­bate by sev­eral MPs, some of whom are old friends of Kur­dis­tan, and with no op­po­si­tion to the mo­tion.

We ap­pre­ci­ate that the Bri­tish par­lia­ment also said it will en­cour­age gov­ern­ments, the Euro­pean Union and the United Na­tions to do the same. This un­der­lines Bri­tain’s role as a lead­ing player in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and we hope that it will fol­low up on this de­ci­sion. By do­ing so, it will be send­ing a clear mes­sage to all dic­ta­tors and op­pres­sors.

For­mal recog­ni­tion is a step to­wards jus­tice for all those who suf­fered in the decades-long cam­paign of death against the Kur­dish peo­ple. It is ac­knowl­edge­ment of the suf­fer­ing of the wid­ows and the chil­dren left be­hind with­out know­ing what hap­pened to their loved ones or even where their re­mains lie. It took over two decades for some of the per­pe­tra­tors to be brought to jus­tice by the Iraqi courts.

We thank the Bri­tish par­lia­ment, the in­di­vid­ual MPs and mem­bers of the government and op­po­si­tion who contributed to the de­bate and passed the mo­tion. We also ap­pre­ci­ate the role of the All-Party par­lia­men­tary Group on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the Kur­dish com­mu­nity who sup­ported a pe­ti­tion call­ing for recog­ni­tion and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government UK Rep­re­sen­ta­tion which co­or­di­nated the cam­paign. We hope that other par­lia­ments and gov­ern­ments will now fol­low suit.

Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani

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