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Remembering the Kurdistan Genocide

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently chaired a panel of politicians and academics at an international conference in Westminster entitled ‘The Untold Story: The Kurdish Genocide in Iraq’.

The conference marked the 25th anniversary of the Anfal genocide operation and the appalling chemical attack on Halabja by Saddam Hussein’s regime. These crimes, including the Barzani killings in 1983 and the mass murder of Faylees in 1979, were committed against the Kurdish people because of their struggle against oppression and dictatorship. This conference reiterated calls on the international community to recognise these crimes against humanity.

The conference heard from Dr Bernard Koucher, former French Foreign Minister. In early 2003, Dr Koucher pronounced himself in favour of removing Saddam Hussein as President of Iraq, arguing that acting against dictatorship should be a global priority. Meg chaired the seminar ‘The role of the dispora then and now’ which heard from members of the Kurdistan Regional Government, a representative from the Kurdish Institute in Paris and a British-Kurdish MP.

Meg is co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region, which works to promote friendship and understanding between the people of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and Great Britain. The group aims to encourage the development of democratic institutions in the Kurdistan Region as part of the democratic and federal process in the rest of Iraq.

Meg said:

“This conference was an important opportunity for the victims in Kurdistan to tell their story and have their voices heard. A very poignant statement came from Bernard Koucher when he remarked that the international community had at the time been witness to mass murder in Halabja.

We must continue to raise awareness of these acts of genocide and support the work that people are doing in Kurdistan to re-build their region.”   

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Meg and Bernard Koucher

Meg and Bernard Koucher

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