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 on the issue and to urge Britain to recognise the crimes perpetrated by Saddam 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
What the e-petition says – please support the epetition by signing it here
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.