Category Archives: Genocide

Escaped Yazidi Girl Pleads with UK Parliamentarians to Rescue Kidnapped Women and Children

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Salwa Khalaf Rasho, an 18-year-old Yezidi who escaped Islamic State captivity after eight months, met today in London in several private meetings to plead for help in rescuing over 3100 Yezidis still kidnapped by ISIS. She was accompanied to the meetings with activists Jemal Bailoz Shaveshyan, Dr. Amy L. Beam,…

Portsmouth’s Halabja Memorial Ceremony, 16 March 2016

By Judith Kerby & Brian Futcher: Wednesday, 16th March 2016 at 12.00 noon Ceremony held in the Garden of Hope, (D-Day Museum), Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT The Kurds have suffered many tragedies not least being 16th March 1988 when chemical bombs were dropped on Halabja, immediately killing 5,000 men, women and children and leaving thousands more destitute and…

Zilan Valley Massacre – July 13, 1930

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Eighty-five years ago, the Turkish military slaughtered between 7,000 and 15,000 Kurds in less than a week in Zilan Valley in North Kurdistan (southeast Turkey). Some historians put the figure at 47,000 Kurds killed by the Turkish state. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it…

Kurdistan Genocide Office Prepares Cases for Prosecutions

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: The Genocide Office to Identify Crimes Against Kurdish People Outside of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was established in Duhok, Kurdistan, in September 2014, under the Kurdistan Ministry of Interior.  It serves Kurds, Yezidis, Christians and other minorities who suffered at the hands of the Islamic State jihadists (also referred…

The Dersim Massacre: Turkish Destruction of the Kurdish People in the Dersim Region

Shakhawan Shorash

By Shakhawan Shorash: There are many accounts of mass killings, ethnic cleansing, and genocide against defenseless minorities committed by state authorities and military forces in the multiethnic states in the twentieth century. Long term ethnic tensions and conflicts during the colonial period and after the end of colonialism continued in many countries, including Turkey, Iraq,…

Armenian-Kurdish Alliance for the Recognition of the Ottoman Genocide in Turkey

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Nothing is as mortal to the morals of the Turkish politicians as the recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915. When many in the world were mourning and commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide with sorrowful indignation, the Turkish government paraded its usual April 23 pompous celebration of National Sovereignty…

A Few Days’ Life of Revolution in Halabja

By Yasin Aziz: Published on Amazon, 24th April 2015 This is the story of my generation’s experience from the time of the 1961 September (Aylul) Revolution. As a child in Halabja I witnessed most of what was happening when the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown, with the hope of a democratic government and equality for all…

Traumatised Yazidis Call for Help and Freedom for Captive Loved Ones

By Thomas Phillips: On Saturday 4th April, the displaced Yazidis in Sirnak refugee camp held a demonstration calling for international protection and freedom for their kidnapped friends and family. About 100 women, men and children marched from the makeshift hospital to the makeshift school carrying placards and chanting “down, down ISIS”. The demonstrators demanded freedom for…

International terrorism and the threat of genocide: A new dimension of genocide study

Shakhawan Shorash

By Shakhawan Shorash: The crime of genocide is the destruction of a targeted people due to differences in religious faith, ethnicity, or other factors that the perpetrators do not tolerate. Perpetrators of genocide attack their victims with the intent to destroy. This intention of destruction is old in history, going back to the first time…

Yazidi Genocide: How Faisal’s Family Was Massacred

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Faisal Mahmud Kharow is an Ezidi from Shingal, Iraq. Twelve members of his family were mercilessly executed and 22 females and a ten-day-old infant boy were kidnapped on August 3, 2014, during the genocidal attack on Shingal by Islamic State gangs. I interviewed Faisal in Germany, where he now lives…

Tales of Genocide: charity film screening, London 19 Oct

By Karam Kurda: On Sunday 19th October 2014, C4K have organised a charity evening in Notting Hill, London at the Portobello pop up cinema. It is a free event with a wonderful program that includes an exclusive film screening, a seminar, silent art auction, songs and poetry. Doors will open at 6.00pm until 10.30pm The…

Holocaust Museum condemns IS ‘genocide’ against Yazidi Kurds

KT News: As the US military launched air-strikes against ‘Islamic State’ (IS) positions close to south Kurdistan, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned IS “crimes against humanity” committed against religious minorities in Iraq, calling the attacks on Yazidi Kurds genocidal. “Of greatest immediate concern is the fate of up to 50,000 Yazidi civilians estimated…

The Genocide Calendar

Beyan Farshi

By Beyan Farshi: It’s happened a lot, and in between many reminder notes have been overseen or lost through the centuries. Browsing through the lost reminder notes might reveal the unspoken truth, but the thing that most of us are aware of is the conspiracy of those silent suspicious souls who intended, and still do,…

On the 25th anniversary of the Kurdish genocide

Kawa Rashid

By Kawa Rash: Deriving from ‘Suratal-Anfal’ in the Qur’an, ‘al Anfal’ literally means ‘the spoils’ (of war) and the term was used by Saddam’s Iraqi regime to describe the 1988 military campaign of extermination and looting commanded by Ali Hassan al-Majid. However, the ruling Ba’athists distorted what the Qur’an says. ‘Anfal’ in the Qur’an does…

Sign the petition for recognizing the Kurdish Genocide by the Saddam Hussein regime

Halabja, 1988

By Jim Karygiannis MP: In 2010, I had the pleasure of introducing Motion M-505 in the Canadian House of Commons, which recognized the actions of Saddam Hussein against the Kurds, as a crime against humanity. The time has come for us to ask that these actions, including the Anfal Campaign and gassing of the Kurds…