"The crimes that were committed against the people of Kurdistan were not less than what is known in the international community as genocide. Although a lot has been achieved in the effort to promote the recognition of the genocide against the Kurdish people by governments and organizations throughout the world, we need to broaden our efforts to make the Anfal campaigns and the use of chemical weapons by the former regime of Iraq universally recognised as genocide amongst prominent international groups."
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Inauguration Speech, 5 April 2012
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF THE KURDISH GENOCIDE
WHY THE NEED FOR RECOGNITION
It is time for the international community to formally acknowledge that genocide took place in Iraq.
The Kurdish people in Iraq want the international community to recognise and understand the horror they have endured. They need this recognition in order to achieve justice for those who were brutally murdered, as well as the survivors who continue to bear the physical and mental scars.
It is imperative that the world recognises the genocide was perpetrated over decades, culminating in the Anfal operation of February to September 1988, and that we send out a clear message that genocide should never happen again.
The Iraqi High Tribunal has recognised various acts against the Kurds as genocide. The Iraqi Parliament has done the same. We need you in Britain, in Europe, in other parts of the world to join the call for justice and acknowledgement of what happened to the people of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The people of Kurdistan are forward-looking and want to build their lives and their country. But they cannot forget what befell their people. Help their voice to be heard.