2013 YEAR OF RECOGNITION OF HALABA AS A GENOCIDE
6.3.2013 – The Chair of the EP-Iraqi Delegation Stevenson affirms that “In current Iraq, under the rule of Prime Minister Maliki, the danger of a genocide happening again is present and therefore it is even more important now to keep the remembrance of Halabja alive”. He referred to Halabja and Anfal as acts of genocide and expressed his support for the Kurdistan regions’ demands for greater rights and democratic guarantees in Iraq.
The Head of the EP Delegation for relations with Iraq stressed the importance of the learned lessons from the history: “There is a famous saying that those who don’t learn the lessons of history will simply repeat them. If we don’t learn the lessons of the Anfal, of the Genocide against the Kurds, we will see it happening again. And this is the last thing we want to happen”.