Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in KurdistanHow can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
NewseumKnight Conference Center, Level 7555 Pennsylvania Ave NWWashington, DC
On March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircraft attacked the city of Halabja with chemical weapons. Children were lost in the chaos that followed, families were decimated as 5,000 people died and thousands more were injured with poison gas. This genocide was one of many atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan by the dictator Saddam Hussein. During his rule, 182,000 Kurds were killed in the Anfal genocide campaign; 8,000 Barzani men and boys were murdered in 1983; thousands of Faily Kurds disappeared, and thousands more were oppressed, abused, and killed by the Ba'athist regime. The genocide also saw the destruction of 4,500 villages and the razing of cities such as Qala Diza, tearing at the fabric of Kurdish society and economy. The suffering of the people of Halabja has come to symbolize all of the atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan. In Iraq, violence and genocide is cyclical, and in 2014 we again witnessed a genocide against the Yezidis, Christians and others in Nineveh. This year we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Halabja genocide. We invite you to join us for a conference to discuss this atrocity, the cycle of genocide in Iraq, how this impacts politics in Kurdistan and Iraq today, and the imperative for justice and reconciliation.
9:30 amOpening remarksBayan Sami Abdul RahmanKRG Representative to the United States
Todd BuchwaldSpecial Coordinator, Office of Global Criminal JusticeUS Department of State 9:55 amDocumenting An Untold Story: The Kurdistan Memory Programme Gwynne Roberts 10:25 amTales of SurvivalRemarks by survivors of the Halabja Genocide
10:55 amMorning keynote speechSimon AdamsGlobal Centre for the Responsibility to Protect 11:15 amPanel discussionMissing In Action: Justice and Accountability
Panelists include:Dr. Gregory Stanton, Genocide WatchNawaf Ashur, Yezidi witness to 2014 genocideDr. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University
Moderator:Dr. Elie Abouaoun, US Institute of Peace 12:30 pmLunch 1:30 pmA conversation with Daniel Libeskind and Thomas S. Kaplan
Daniel LibeskindStudio Libeskind
Thomas S. KaplanChairman of Justice for Kurds and Chairman of The Electrum Group
2:30 pmPanel discussionUse of chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria - where next?
Panelists include:Dr. Seth Carus, chemical weapons expertMichael Eisenstadt, Washington Institute of Near East PolicyMohammad Al Abdallah, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre
Moderator:Dr. Kenneth Pollack, American Enterprise Insitute
3:45 pmPremier screening of "One Yezidi Family vs ISIS"RWF World Documentary film on the Yezidi genocide by ISIS
4:30 pmClosing remarksBayan Sami Abdul RahmanKRG Representative to the United States