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    26th anniversary of Halapja Massacre

    On 16 March 1988, Saddam Hussein unleashed a large scale chemical weapons attack against the rebellious Kurdish town of Halabja that caused for the deaths of at least 5000 civilians.

    Last year, 25 years later, the movement to recognize the exactions perpetrated against the Iraqi Kurds as genocide finally gathered steam in the international arena.

    Several States embarked on the initiative, including Canada, France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

    In December 2012  the city of The Hague approved a plan to build a monument commemorating the Halabja genocide.

    The city's continuous efforts to promote human rights have brought international attention to its unique position as the "City of Peace and Justice".

    Adding to this is the fact that The Hague hosts the headquarter of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the very weapons that killed more than 5000 Kurds in Halabja 25 years ago.

    On the other hand the co-presidency of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union said that about Halabja

    "What the fascist Saddam regime tried on Halabja was just another instance of Hitler's fascism and the Nagasaki atomic bombardment,  and reminded that thousands of children, women, young and elderly people were brutally killed after being hit by the mustard and Sarin chemical gases thrown on them."

    KCK stressed that "neither the forces proclaiming themselves to represent socialism nor the ones representing capitalist modernity and backing the fascist Saddam regime showed any reaction against the merciless killing of the Kurds; thereby they registered their complicity in the barbarity deemed proper for the Kurds."

    KCK emphasized that the people of Kurdistan will never forget the massacres of Halabja, Dersim, Zilan and the massacres in East Kurdistan, and that they will continue their struggle for the international recognition of each of these massacres as genocides and, thereby bring these historical barbarities to account.

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