Nadhim Zahawi MP, with the support of the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation, launched an online petition on March 7, 2012 to prompt a debate in Parliament urging Britain to recognise the crimes perpetrated against the people of Kurdistan as genocide. The petition is sponsored by Mr Zahawi who is the co-chairman of the all-party group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.
"Genocide is the worst crime that can be committed by humanity, and it befell Iraqi Kurds. It is our duty to remember and honour the victims. The recognition of the genocide by the British Government is crucial to ensuring that it never happens again."
Nadhim Zahawi MP, Co-Chair, the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq
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Recognition of Genocide against the Kurds in Iraq
We urge the Government to recognise formally the Genocide against the people of Iraqi Kurdistan and to encourage the EU and UN to do likewise. This will enable Kurdish people, many in the UK, to achieve justice for their considerable loss. It would also enable Britain, the home of democracy and freedom, to send out a message of support for international conventions and human rights. The Genocide perpetrated over decades, known collectively as the Anfal, began with the arabisation of villages around Kirkuk in 1963. It involved the deportation and disappearances of Faylee Kurds in the 1970s-80s, the murder of 8,000 male Barzanis in 1983, the use of chemical weapons in the late 1980s, most notably against Halabja, and finally the Anfal campaign of 1987-88. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people perished, families were torn apart, with continuing health problems, and 4,500 villages were destroyed between 1976 and 1988 undermining the potential of Iraqi Kurdistan's agricultural resources.
"Some groups of prisoners were lined up, shot from the front, and dragged into pre-dug mass graves; others were made to lie down in pairs, sardine-style, next to mounds of fresh corpses, before being killed; still others were tied together, made to stand on the lip of the pit, and shot in the back so that they would fall forward into it".
Human Rights Watch/Middle East Iraq's Crime of Genocide, p. 12
"I felt so weak and could feel my skin burning; I could not even open my eyes. I just lay in the shelter, motionless. The chemicals had affected me physically and emotionally, I had to stay in the shelter. I had witnessed all the people around me die, but I just could not cry. I was so weak and on the second day I started to vomit. I was partially blind and in a lot of pain. After lying there for so long, I wanted to find out what happened to my family. I couldn’t walk so I tried to move on my chest and climb over the dead bodies. I went out cautiously and could barely see. I saw my family’s bodies in front of the stairs to the shelter. I saw my sister holding my brother’s Rebwar’s head, which was close to her thigh. They must have died together. My mother’s and oldest brother’s body was lying next to them. My father’s body was in front of the bathroom. He was around ten to fifteen meters away from me, I could barely see that it was my father’s body, but I knew it was".
Kamaran Haider, survivor of the March 1988 Halabja chemical bombing