On Sunday, Sharazur Organizations Center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan issued a statement on the occasion of the tragedy of Halabja, on 16/3/1988.
The Organization Center said in its statement that "32 years ago, on 16/3/1988, the Baathist regime directed its efforts to exterminate the Kurds to a dangerous stage and used internationally prohibited weapons against innocent citizens in Halabja."
"This heinous crime claimed 5 thousand civilian citizens, and more than 10 thousand others were wounded in addition to the complete destruction of the city, but the people of Kurdistan remained steadfast, and the leadership of the Patriotic Union implemented at that time a large international campaign to define the attack on Halabja as a Genocide, and in the end, the international community reached a full conviction that the Baathist regime perpetrated genocide against the people of Kurdistan."
"On this anniversary, we salute the families of the righteous martyrs and call on the Kurdistan Regional Government to work towards finding the missing of the martyrs of Halabja, and we in the Patriotic Union will work hard to ensure that the government strengthens the foundations of the governorate and strengthens institutions and opens some necessary directorates in Halabja Governorate."
"Because of the dangers of the spread of coronavirus, perhaps this year we will not be able to organize appropriate decrees for our dear martyrs, but we will conduct the ceremonies by placing wreaths on the shrine of the martyrs, and we call on the people of Halabja to make this occasion a day to confront the coronavirus and help medical teams to face the virus," the statement added.
(Translated and Edited by Baha Amin)