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Justice for Iraqi Kurds

Friday, July 6, 2012

Meg Munn MP has backed a new campaign calling on the British Government to recognise the mass murder of Kurdish people in Iraq as an act of genocide.


A petition supported by MPs and Peers and was launched at a Kurdistan Regional Government event in the Houses of Parliament this week urging the British Government to recognise the genocide of Iraqi Kurds during the latter part of the twentieth century.


Hundreds of thousands of Kurdish men, women and children were murdered during a systematic attempt to exterminate the Kurdish population in Iraq from 1963 to the late 1980s. Only after Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003, were the first of hundreds of mass graves discovered, and the true scale of the horror revealed. Nine years later, expert forensic teams are excavating the mass graves and identifying the bodies so they can at last be returned home to their families for burial.


Survivor Kamaran Haider, who now lives in Portsmouth, was 11 years old when chemical weapons were dropped on the town of Halabja in Kurdistan in 1988. As many as 5,000 men, women and children were killed and tens of thousands of people injured in the attack. Kamaran’s four brothers, his sister and both his parents died.


He said:


“I lost my whole family. I watched them die in front of me. My skin was burning and I couldn’t see or move. After three days in a bomb shelter surrounded by dead bodies, I was rescued. Please sign this petition to help win justice for my family and for the thousands of people who died during the genocide.”


Meg Munn MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, said:


“Genocide is one of the worst crimes that can be committed by humanity. We have a duty to remember and honour the victims. The recognition of the genocide by the British Government is a crucial part in ensuring that such crimes never happen again.”


To sign the petition, please visit: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31014

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