Motion introduced in Parliament to formally recognize genocide against the Kurds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON, September 28, 2016 - Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, today tabled a motion to officially recognize the 1988 Anfal campaign against the Kurds as a genocide. These murders directed by Saddam Hussein resulted in the deaths of up to 182,000 Kurds and included the one-day massacre of 5,000 Kurds in Halabja by chemical weapons.

“Given that the Kurdish people were systematically targeted for extermination based on their ethnicity, there can be no question that this qualifies as genocide,” Kmiec says. “Canada has a long tradition of standing up for persecuted people and condemning atrocities such as this.” In 2008, Parliament recognized the Ukrainian Holodomor as genocide, as well as formally acknowledging the Armenian genocide in 2004.

The government of Iraq, in addition to the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway, has formally recognized the Anfal campaign.

Tom Kmiec is the chair of the Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds, an all-parties caucus dedicated to cultivating dialogue and forming stronger parliamentary ties with the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.

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For further information:

Jeff Park

Constituency Assistant

(403) 462-7871, tom.kmiec.c1@parl.gc.ca

 

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