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Anfal minister steps up efforts on international recognition of Kurdish genocide during London-Hague visit


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Anfal minister steps up efforts on international recognition of Kurdish genocide during London-Hague visit
28/06/2012 09:52 ص


London, UK (www.UK.KRG.org) – Sabah Ahmed Mohamed, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, stepped up efforts to raise awareness of the Kurdish genocide and called for international recognition during a week-long visit to the Netherlands and the UK.

Minister Mohamed, also known as Mamosta Aram, called on European countries to recognise the decades-long genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq, in which hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children were killed.

It is the KRG's policy to raise awareness of the genocide for the world to understand what happened and to call for the international recognition of the crimes committed against the Kurdish people from the 1960s to the late 1980s, culminating in the Anfal campaign of 1987-88. The KRG believes it is time the crimes were recognised worldwide following the acknowledgement of various atrocities against the Kurds as genocide by the Iraqi courts, Human Rights Watch and other bodies.

"The main aim of gaining recognition is to win justice for the victims who have and continue to suffer so much, to prevent it from happening again and to deter others from even thinking about committing those crimes," the Minister said at a meeting with the Kurdish community in London. He called on the community to support the work of his ministry and the KRG UK Representation which is actively working towards raising awareness of the genocide.

The Minister also gave his backing the e-petition campaign which calls on the British government to recognise the crimes as acts of genocide.

The petition is sponsored by Nadhim Zahawi MP and has the support of several fellow parliamentarians as well as many other friends of Kurdistan in Britain. (To sign the petition, visit this website: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31014)

Bayan Sami Abdul  Rahman, the KRG High Representative to the UK, said, "The Anfal Minister's visit to the UK has bolstered our efforts to raise awareness and call for acknowledgment of the genocide. The Kurds are a forward-looking and dynamic people, which can be seen in our region's economic and social development, but we can never forget what happened to our people and justice should have no time limit on it." 

During his trip to London the Minister met Robert Halfon MP, Vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, and Steven Metcalf MP who have both visited Kurdistan in February this year. Minister Mohamed also met with senior officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Middle East and North Africa Directorate.

Prior to visiting the UK, Minister Mohamed discussed the importance of the recognition of the genocide by the international community and national parliaments and governments in meetings with the Dutch government, lawyers, and parliamentarians. In the Hague, he met Fred Teeven, State Secretary for Security and Justice in the Dutch government, Simon Minks, the Public Prosecutor who in 2005 prosecuted the appeals case of the Dutch trader Van Anraat, convicted of supplying chemicals to Saddam Hussein. The chemicals were used against the people of Halabja in March 1988. The Minister also met Frank Slijper works at the Dutch Campaign Against Arms Trade; Gohdar Massom, a Kurdish Member of the Dutch Labour Party, and Dr Saad Ibrahim Al Ali, Ambassador of Iraq to the Netherlands. Minister Mohamed met with the Kurdish community in Amsterdam.

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