25th Anniversary of the Halabja Massacre Speech Keywan Faramarzi
Remembering the suffering of the victims in deep respect is a prerequisite to today’s solidarity. We hope for a future of Freedom and Peace, in Kurdistan and throughout the whole world
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are present here today to commemorate the victims of the poison gas attack on Halabja. The poison gas attack took place during the last months of the war between the two dictators of Iran and Iraq, and cost the lives of 5000 civilians, and also 72 intellectual partisans of Komala, “Gordan Shawn”, who were all shot dead after the poisoning attack by the Iranian regime. On other dates, in the same region, 27 politicians of Komala were killed by a poison gas attack in the camp of Bote. Today, we are remembering all together the massacre that took place on the 16th of March, 1988. We remember the victims and everyone who was part of this drama.
Dear people, It is true that the poison gas trader Frans van Anraat, who provided Saddam Hussein with raw materials for chemical weapons, was convicted of that crime by the court of Justice in The Hague, on December 23, 2005. It is true that the Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, who was nicknamed Chemical Ali after this attack, was sentenced to death for these deeds in January 2010. It is true that Kurdistan is now considered as an example of democracy in the Middle East. Yet, despite these examples, we know that several generations in the future will continue to suffer from the damages of the poison gas attack on Halabja and we know that the images of this genocide will be incredibly painful for everyone, especially for the Kurds of the next generation. We also know that Kurds have seen more of this kind of mentioned genocide, such as in Sardasht city or in villages like Qarne en Qalatan. Unfortunately, one can notice that genocides are still perpetrated by dictators such as Khamanai in Iran and Bashar al Assad in Syria. There are also anti-democratic groups that commit these crimes against Kurds. We still see poison gas being used in many places in Kurdistan by Iran, Syria, and also Turkey. This is why we, as Kurds, must fight all together with the help of others who want to build a democracy in Kurdistan, to prevent something like the Halabja attack from happening again in other places. We must fight together against the dictators who, in Iran and Syria, are still hanging and stoning Kurds, and are burying groups of Kurdish people alive. We have the duty towards the victims of this Kurdish genocide to fight against the dictatorships that commit genocide. We must try to prevent this from happening in the future, and we expect the International Community, world governments and the UN to prevent the Iranian Regime from making nuclear weapons, as this is a global threat. On behalf of Komala, we would like to thank the UNPO, other people and the SP, in particular Mr Harry van Bommel, who are cooperating because they want crimes against the Kurdish people such as the Kurdish “genocide” to be recognized. Remembering the suffering of the victims in deep respect is a prerequisite to today’s solidarity. We hope for a future of Freedom and Peace, in Kurdistan and throughout the whole world