Kur­dish NGOs call world par­lia­ments to rec­og­nize geno­cide

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Three Kur­dish NGOs ad­vo­cat­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of An­fal as geno­cide against Kurds, which are Kur­do­cide Watch, Kur­dis­tan Without Geno­cide, and As­so­ci­a­tion of De­fend­ing the Vic­tims and their Fam­i­lies, ini­ti­ated an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign for recog­ni­tion of An­fal.

Three Kur­dish NGOs ad­vo­cat­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of An­fal as geno­cide against Kurds, which are Kur­do­cide Watch, Kur­dis­tan Without Geno­cide, and As­so­ci­a­tion of De­fend­ing the Vic­tims and their Fam­i­lies, ini­ti­ated an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign for recog­ni­tion of An­fal.

The cam­paign will in­clude send­ing letters to all world par­lia­ments and their blocks call­ing for con­sid­er­ing the case at the par­lia­ment hall and vot­ing for its of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion.

At the first stage the NGOs sent the ap­peal to par­lia­ments of Ar­me­nia, Greece, Cyprus, Ger­many, Cam­bo­dia, Canada, Nether­lands and Tu­nisia, out of which Nether­lands and Ger­man par­lia­ments have of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged re­ceipt of the ap­peal. Fol­low­ing that and in late April, the NGOs sent the let­ter to par­lia­ments of Is­rael, Ruanda, South Africa and Ire­land as well as the govern­ment of South­ern Su­dan.

The cam­paign is ex­pected to con­tinue to cover all world’s par­lia­ments ex­cept those al­ready ap­proached or there are ex­ist­ing ef­forts on this is­sue.

The cam­paign aims at ap­proach­ing coun­tries where geno­cide has hap­pened first. The let­ter the NGOs send to the par­lia­ments are ac­com­pa­nies with many books and sig­nif­i­cant doc­u­ments about the Kur­dish geno­cide in English lan­guage.

Sev­eral fe­male stu­dents hold­ing um­brella cov­ered with Kur­dis­tan flag and stand for re­spect in front of An­fal coffins in a cer­e­money held for re­turn­ing of the corpses of those who killed in An­fal cam­paign by the for­mer Iraqi regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein.

Fam­i­lies of An­fal vic­tims stand for re­spect in front of An­fal coffins cov­ered with Kur­dis­tan flag in Garmiyan Re­gion, Su­laimani.

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