EUROPE > British Parliament officially recognizes 'Kurdish Genocide'


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Nearly 200,000 Kurds died during the Saddam regime's al-Anfal campaign in 1987 and 1988.

Nearly 200,000 Kurds died during the Saddam regime's al-Anfal campaign in 1987 and 1988.

The British Parliament officially recognized Feb. 28 the al-Anfal campaign of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government against the country’s Kurdish population as the “Kurdish genocide.”

The motion emphasized that the campaign targeting the Kurds begun in 1987 caused the deaths of nearly 200,000 Kurds. The decision comes on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the most infamous event in the campaign, the Halabja massacre, in which poison gas was used against Kurds in northern Iraq. 

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani has expressed his satisfaction with the decision in a statement. 

One of the main sponsors of the motion, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, criticized the position taken by the British government at the time, saying the administration’s support for the Baath Party government in its war against the Islamic regime in Iran had “blinded” all of Britain’s policies. Corbyn also said it took a lot of time for the Parliament to take the decision, adding that Britain should adopt a more self-critical stance regarding the period of recent history.  

Countries such as Sweden and Norway have previously recognized the Kurdish genocide. According to Human Rights Watch, some 4,000 villages out of 4,655 were wiped out between April 1987 and August 1988, among which 250 had been attacked with chemical weapons. More than 1,700 schools, 2,450 mosques, as well as 27 churches were also destroyed. 


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Falk Bernard

3/3/2013 2:39:49 AM

@Joe, Britain even used chemical weapons in the 1920s to suppress revolts.

Peter Kypros

3/3/2013 1:24:41 AM

Good move except they forgotten the British Genocide. Is there a place that the British were present and did not divide and rule and made sure that people killed each other the moment they left? India, Cyprus, Northern Island etc etc

Ozan Leman

3/2/2013 10:23:50 PM

The Anfal campaign and Halabja targetted minorities not just Kurds. I don't see why the Kurds are the ones benefiting from it. Who's going to question the Kurds on the Turkmen they have been killing and expelling from their homes?

mara mcglothin

3/2/2013 8:56:41 PM

OZman Once again how very convenient of you to show up and spin the bad behavior on the USA. VARGEN VARGEN You notice the lack of comments from all the rabid nationalists? Kurds died so I guess they are not important enough to defend.

OZman Cometh

3/2/2013 1:10:37 PM

The western powers just couldn't accept being normal paying customers of oil and buy it along with the rest of the world. They meddle, invade, prop up dictators and despots, support the Zionist regime and then wonder why the ME is screwed up.

Vargen Vargen

3/2/2013 7:05:13 AM

To attack villages full of totally unprotected civilans with chemical weapons goes beyond any kind of acceptable war fare. Nothing can excuse that.

Joe B

3/2/2013 12:52:17 AM

Britain invaded and bombed Iraq four times in the 20th century. Shouldn't that be commemorated by the parlament too somehow? And what about the genocides committed by the British empire in Africa and Australia?

Not Here

3/1/2013 9:34:16 PM

Disgusting way to rule people and settle disputes and unrest by your citizens.
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