We, the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), have decided to organize a conference, as a result of efficient work and discussions we held with the Kurdish friendship group at the EP (European Parliament), regarding the genocide against the Kurdish people during Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in the south of Kurdistan.
 The main issue at this conference will be the genocide against the people of the Kurdish city HALABJA, where thousands were killed by chemical weapons in 1988. Issues such as the ANFAL will be discussed, too. Undoubtedly, the massacre campaigns in general will be another issue that will be discussed at this conference.
The main aim of this conference is to put the genocide in Kurdistan on the agenda of the world and also to demand that the European Parliament and the European Union recognize this genocide.
 As we are aware of your valuable studies into these issues, we hereby cordially invite you to attend the conference on March 16th, 2011 in the European Parliament.
There is no conference fee but due to limited funding the conference committee unfortunately cannot pay the cost of your travel.
 We hope you can accept our invitation and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Please send us your flight schedule and we will try to arrange transportation from the airport. Let us also know if you book your own hotel or if you want us to book a room for you.
 Please note that in order to enter the European Parliament, details about your full name and your date of birth is required. Please include this information in your response to this invitation.
 Enclosed, please find an "Draft Program of the Conference"
Yours faithfully
 Conference Committee
Contact Tel: +32.488189677

The European Parliament – Kurds Friendship Group
Kurdistan National Congress – KNK
GUE/NGL Group in the European Parliament

The Halabja Genocide and the Anfal campaigns

REMEMBERING THE HALABJA GENOCIDE
AND THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
AGAINST KURDS IN IRAQ

Wednesday 16th of March, 2011
Room ASP 3G2, 15h00 – 18h30
European Parliament – Rue Wiertz 60 – 1047 Brussels
(interpretation in Arabic, Turkish, English)

DRAFT PROGRAMME

15.00 – 16.00 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND and POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE REGION

Moderators:
Dr. Faeq Mohammed AHMED, KNK and Mr Jürgen KLUTE, MEP GUE/NGL Group, Germany

Speakers:
Mr. Prof. Dr. Cabbar QADIR, Prof. of History, Iraq-Kurdistan
Ms. Sevahir Bayindir, MP Turkey, BDP Party

16.00 – 18.00  THE HALABJA GENOCIDE

Moderators:
Ms. Jean Lambert, MEP G-EFA, UK (to be confirmed) and Mr. Refik GEFUR, KNK

Film on Halabja 10 minutes

Speakers:
Victims & Witness of Halabja Genocide
– Mr. Fakhralddin Saleem H.YOUSIF, Halabja Victims Committee
– Mr. Astor LARSEN, Journalist, Norway

The role of the international community in the recognition of the Halabja Genocide
 – Ms. Shlair RASHID, former MP, Kurdistan Regional Government
 – Mr. Jean van AKEN, Former MdP, Die Linke

Political significance of the Halabja Genocide
Dr Adil Karim Fatah, Director General of the Sharazoor General Directorate of Health
Mr. Fadhil Muhammed QAER, MP, Kurdistan Regional Parliament

EU-IRAQ relation and the international responsibility against genocides
 –  Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP ALDE Group, UK (to be confirmed)
 – Dr. Mahmod OSMAN, MP, Iraq (to be confirmed)

18.00 -18.30 Adoption of a Final Declaration

In collaboration with
Kurdocide watch – CHAK
Kurdish Institute of Brussels – KIB
The Confederation of Kurdish Association in Europe-KONKURD

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