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The crimes of Saddam Hussein

Monday, February 6, 2012

A two-day conference was recently held in London concerned with the abuses and crimes against the people of Iraq and the Kurdistan region of the country committed by the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was organised by the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights. The event was aimed to increase international awareness of the mass killings undertaken by the regime he headed, and to promote international acceptance that these killings were genocide. 


Meg Munn MP, Chair of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq All-Party Parliamentary Group, attended part of the event. Amongst the guests was Salar Mahmud, Chair of the Kurdistan Region Parliament Committee on Human Rights, with whom she discussed the conference topic. He advised Meg that an Iraqi court had already recognised the crimes against the Kurds as genocide, most notably the use of chemical weapons against Kurds in Halabja.


The opening session included the documentary film “Dust Talks” focusing on the mass graves which reveal a catalogue of horrific crimes done to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. No one knows the exact number of missing people, with estimates anywhere between 1 and 3 million.  The film includes harrowing footage - not just of the mass graves being opened and pictures of gassed children at Halabja, but also actual torture and killings as Saddam Hussein had such acts filmed.


Meg commented:


“This is a harrowing and difficult subject. I pay tribute to all Iraqis who work to raise awareness of what happened. We have become familiar with the Holocaust and rightly commemorate it every year and ensure children and young people learn the story. We also need to understand what happened in Iraq to try and prevent future genocides.”


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