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					                You are cordially invited to a seminar in Parliament to commemorate

                         the Genocide and Anfal campaign in Iraqi Kurdistan
                                 16 March 2010, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
                                        Committee Room 16
                                        House of Commons

Please allow 15-20 minutes to pass through the security procedures

The seminar is co-hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region and All-Party
Parliamentary Group on Iraq

The seminar is organised in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation and
with the support of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention

Chaired by: Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq; Dave
Anderson MP, President of the Labour Friends of Iraq; Eric Joyce MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG on
Genocide Prevention

On March 16th, 1988, the city of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan became the site of the largest scale chemical
attack on a civilian population in history. That morning, Iraqi warplanes flew over the city and dropped
chemical bombs on the thousands of unsuspecting people living there. At least 5,000 people died, most
of them women and children, as a result of the chemical attack and it has been estimated that a further
10,000 people were injured or suffered long-term illnesses. Still today, victims of the chemical weapons
used in the region during that time continue to suffer decades after their exposure.

The attack on Halabja took place during Saddam Hussein’s infamous Anfal Campaign; a genocidal
campaign designed to annihilate the Kurdish population in Iraq with details kept in thousands of Ba’ath
regime documents. From 1986 to 1989, Saddam Hussein and his Ba’athist Regime attacked many
villages and towns with chemical weapons.

However, the genocide in Kurdistan began decades earlier and targeted different groups, tribes and
areas at different times, including the Barzanis and Faili Kurds. Their mass graves continue to be found
today.

In this seminar eye-witnesses, international experts, political activists and Kurdistan representatives will
remember the genocide through their research, documentaries, works of art and personal memories, and
discuss how Iraq and the Kurdistan Region can move forward so that such atrocities are never repeated
and the genocide in Kurdistan becomes internationally recognised.

Seminar programme:

§     10.00 – 11.30: session one
§     11.30 - 11.45: “Voices of Anfal”, short film, Gwynne Roberts, Director, RW Films
§     11.45 – 1.00: session two

Speakers:

Dr Kamal Kirkuki
The Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament

Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK
Kathryne Bomberger
Secretary-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

Diane E. King
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky
“Kinship and Descent Structures within the State: Contributors to Genocide?”

Richard Beeston
The Times Diplomatic Editor
Eye witness to the immediate aftermath of the Halabja gas attack

Osman Ahmed
Expert on Visual Arts at Ministry of Culture and Youth, Kurdistan Regional Government, artist and eye
witness

Gwynne Roberts
Director of Emmy award-winning documentary Saddam’s Road to Hell, RW Films

Latif Fatih Faraj
Journalist, writer and researcher, Kurdistan , Iraq

Jonathan McCaskill
Head of the Iraq Programme, International Commission on Missing Persons

Dr Reva Adler
Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia
Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
Advisory Board of the Post Conflict Genocide Education Trust


Please allow 15-20 minutes to pass through the security procedures.

RSVP appgkurdistan@gmail.com

				
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