RSVP for Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan
A conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide

Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan
How can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Knight Conference Center, Level 7
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, 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.
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8:30 am
Registration and light breakfast

9:20 am
Video message
Halabjans Appeal to the UN

9:30 am
Opening remarks
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
KRG Representative to the United States

Todd Buchwald
Special Coordinator, Office of Global Criminal Justice
US Department of State

9:55 am
Documenting An Untold Story: The Kurdistan Memory Programme
Gwynne Roberts

10:25 am
Tales of Survival
Remarks by survivors of the Halabja Genocide

10:55 am
Morning keynote speech
Simon Adams
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

11:15 am
Panel discussion
Missing In Action: Justice and Accountability

Panelists include:
Dr. Gregory Stanton, Genocide Watch
Nawaf Ashur, Yezidi witness to 2014 genocide
Dr. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Elie Abouaoun, US Institute of Peace

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
A conversation with Daniel Libeskind and Thomas S. Kaplan

Daniel Libeskind
Studio Libeskind

Thomas S. Kaplan
Chairman of Justice for Kurds and Chairman of The Electrum Group

2:30 pm
Panel discussion
Use of chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria - where next?

Panelists include:
Dr. Seth Carus, chemical weapons expert
Michael Eisenstadt, Washington Institute of Near East Policy
Mohammad Al Abdallah, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre

Dr. Kenneth Pollack, American Enterprise Insitute

3:45 pm
Premier screening of "One Yezidi Family vs ISIS"
RWF World Documentary film on the Yezidi genocide by ISIS

4:30 pm
Closing remarks
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
KRG Representative to the United States
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