Iraq’s Kurdish regional administration has launched an international appeal for action to stop genocidal attacks, most of them traced to armed groups known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or IS, on diverse communities in the country.
Attacks on communities, variously identified as ethnic cleansing and genocide of specific cultural groups in Iraq, have been endemic since before the Baathist rule (1968-2003) and after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Recent killings attributed to ISIS, however, are reliably known to have far surpassed the scale of attacks on the innocent under Saddam Hussein (1979-2003).
“The UK Kurdish Genocide Task Force, an independent group of experts and British Parliamentarians, calls on international community to end, prosecute and punish acts of genocide and other crimes against humanity committed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” the UK representation of Kurdistan Regional Government in London said.
The Kurdish Genocide Task Force was established in 2011 to gain recognition of acts of genocide that took place against the Iraqi Kurds in the past. “It is now clear that genocide has come again to Iraq, this time claiming Yezidi Kurds, Assyrian Christians, Shabaks and Kakayis,” KRG said, citing communities most affected by recent attacks.
“We urge all States to take swift and effective action. Genocide starts with the first victim. There have already been too many,” KRG said.