English عربی کوردی

Excerpt from a speech of Sabah Ahmed Mohamed, KRG Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, Mass Graves Conference, London, January 2012

The KRG believes that international recognition will contribute to achieving several objectives, including:

  • Prevention of similar crimes in Kurdistan, other parts of Iraq and rest of the world. 
  • Raising the awareness of the international community regarding these crimes and providing more evidence to support the prevention of future massacres.
  • Punishing the remaining perpetrators as a deterrent.
  • Taking early measures in Iraq, by the Iraqi government and the international community, to stop any attempt leading to these types of crimes. Still there are remnants of the Baath party and other groups with similar chauvinistic and sectarian beliefs, actively attempting to bring back the old dictatorship regime that certainly will commit mass crimes against the Kurds, the Shia and other parts of the population.
  • Encouraging or enforcing the move from the concept of absolute sovereignty to conditional sovereignty in which states must accept the responsibility to protect their people or face intervention by the international community.
  • Supporting the concept that connects global security to local security, meaning that helping preventing these crimes in a country will help improve security in other countries.
  • Rehabilitation of the victims