President Nechirvan Barzani’s statement on the 41st anniversary of the genocide against the Feyli Kurds
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 4, 2021
On the 41st anniversary of the genocide against the Feyli Kurds, we remember the many victims and pay tribute to their memories.
The systematic persecution of hundreds of thousands of Feyli Kurds, their forced relocation, and the revocation of their citizenship under the racist policies of the former Baathist regime were carried out because of the Feyli Kurds’ adherence to their Kurdish identity.
Recognizing these crimes as genocide by Iraqi High Tribunal was a just ruling, which obliges the Iraqi state and government to compensate the victims for their financial and moral damages.
We urge the Federal Government to meet its legal and moral obligations and reimburse the victims of the mass crimes against the Feyli Kurds for the unlawful confiscation of their properties, revocation of their citizenship and a range of other serious crimes committed against them under the former Baathist regime.
As we honor the memories of the Feyli Kurds, we also pay tribute to their families and loved-ones. The struggle and sacrifices made by our Feyli Kurd sisters and brothers will forever be a remembered.
Kurdistan Region President