Foreign and Commonwealth Office Q question on genocide, April 17, 2012
Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Con):
This week is the anniversary of the genocide that was perpetrated by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds, a genocide that is still not formally recognised in most countries. Will the UK recognise that a genocide took place and encourage others to follow suit?
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt):
Whether or not the term “genocide” is appropriate, it is clear that an appalling atrocity was perpetrated against the Iraqi Kurds, not least at Halabja. They were among a number of minorities who were attacked by Saddam Hussein. It is noteworthy that his indictment at the end of the day was for crimes against humanity. So many suffered as a result of his activities and we should remember them all, as we remember the opportunities now created in Iraq for a new future.