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Iraqi Kurds Pressure Baghdad to Join ICC

To expedite reconciliation for the Hussein-era Anfal Campaign, Kurds in Iraq are pushing Baghdad to join the International Criminal Court to prosecute the culprits of genocide against the Kurds, writes Abdel Hamid Zebari.
A Kurdish man walks between coffins draped with Kurdish flag containing the remains of victims during a burial ceremony in Sulaimaniya, 260km (162 miles) northeast of Baghdad, May 28, 2012. More than 700 Kurds, killed by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, were honoured in a ceremony in northern Iraq on Monday. Kurdish officials gathered at the Police Academy in Suleimaniya province to mourn 730 victims of Iraq's notorious 'Anfal' campaign, whose bodies were discovered in mass graves in southern Iraq in Jul

The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq is seeking to pressure the federal government in Baghdad to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure that what took place under the rule of the successive regimes in Iraq before 2003 — when the Kurdish people were subjected to assaults and ethnic cleansing — would never repeat itself.

During the reign of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, Kurds were subjected to genocidal campaigns dubbed the Anfal Campaign by the government itself, in reference to the eighth chapter of the Quran, which details the triumph of proponents of the newly descended Islam over pagans.

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