A letter to the Honorable Brad Sherman: Please Vote in Favor of Recognizing the Genocide Against Kurdish People (H.RES. 422)

KAC4DHRI_LogoA letter to the Honorable Brad Sherman, Representative in U.S. Congress from the State of California:

Rep. Sherman Official PortraitPlease Vote in Favor of Recognizing the Genocide Against Kurdish People (H.RES. 422)

March 2nd, 2014

The Honorable Brad Sherman

2242 Rayburn House Office Building

United States House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Sherman:

As the Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran (KACDHRI), I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the bi-partisan legislation, H. Res. 422, recognizing the campaign of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq. It calls on the U.S. government to reaffirm the commitment of the House of Representatives to the friendship between the United States and the Kurdish people in Iraq.

During Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraq conducted a campaign of genocide against Kurdish minority population. Atrocities included the deportation and disappearances of Kurds in the 1970s and 1980s and the use of chemical weapons in the late 1980s, most notably on the town of Halabja. The campaign of genocide against Iraq’s Kurdish population consisted of poison gas on civilian villages, killing thousands indiscriminately. It had become the first in history to attack its own civilian population with chemical weapons. As a result, some 200,000 Kurds perished or disappeared, families were torn apart, and 4,500 villages were destroyed between 1976 and 1988.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the attacks on Halabja when Iraqi aircrafts dropped poison gas to kill thousands of Kurds from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in gross violation of the international conventions against the use of chemical weapons. Earlier this year, the British Parliament passed a resolution recognizing this campaign of genocide and we encourage you to follow suit. Recognition of the campaign of genocide against Kurdish people by the United States Government will send to the world a message of support for human rights. I believe Congress should officially deplore this campaign of genocide. Therefore, I urge you, as your constituent to co-sponsor H. Res. 422.

Sincerely,

M.  Azad Moradian, Psy D., MFTI

Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran (KACDHRI)

8055 Canby Ave. #4

Los Angeles, CA 91335

818-434-9692

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About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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