Commemorating Halabja Attack 1988

March 16, 2014

OPCW News:

Commemorating the Halabja Attack of 16 March 1988

Friday, 14 March 2014

“Halabja is a name that remains forever etched in our memories. It stands for one of the most unspeakable atrocities ever committed against civilians.

On 16 March 1988, scores of peaceful residents perished as a result of a barbarous chemical weapons attack – among them, countless women and children. Those who survived have suffered severe long-term damage to their health and well-being, as have their families.

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, I wish to convey to the authorities and all residents of Halabja our profound sympathies for their loss.

Halabja holds special meaning for those of us engaged in making sure chemical weapons are never used again.  This tragedy spurred international efforts to conclude a global ban against such weapons – the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The best way we can show our respect to those who were killed in Halabja and around the world is to maintain our firm resolve to rid the world of chemical weapons forever.

Twenty-seven years after this atrocity we are well within reach of this goal.”

It is through our common commitment to building a future that does not forget the past that we honour the memory of Halabja.

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