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Through the history of the last decades, the Kurds were at one point or another exposed to horrific acts of despoliation and deportation. They were removed from the border regions and resettled in outside Kurdistan with intent to lose their national identities and mix with others such as Turks, Persians, and Arabs on purpose and with unnatural methods.
Despite all the tragedies, the Kurdish Genocide was centrally planned and administered by the Turkish Government against the entire Kurdish group like: Darsim, Agery, Sawas, Chorum, Gazi. In addition, in 1988 the Iraqi forces attacked the Kurdish town of Halabja, using chemical weapons which left thousands of civilian's dead, many thousands wounded, and tens of thousands of people homeless.
The Kurdish genocide of 1988, in which thousands of civilians lost their lives, stands as one of the worst tragedies in humanity. The intent of the operation of Anfal was to destroy (in whole or in part) the Kurdish population. The Kurdish people were also subjected to deportation, expropriation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation.
We are a group of civilian activists who work for human rights and against genocide. Due to the lack of sources on this topic, we have set up this site in the English language.
The Kurdish activists in Belgium have taken initiative to establish this website with the target of more publications on the Kurdish genocide at an international level as well as its recognition within the Belgian parliament and the parliament of the European union. Furthermore, we aim to create a foundation which could be used as an essential source in the future for the new generation, as well as academic research, and for art of inspiration. In addition, we greatly appreciate every form of participation and cooperation!
Hence, we strongly urge eyewitnesses, academics and activists to participate in this site.

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The Centre of Halabja against Anfalization and Genocide of the Kurds (CHAK)

What is CHAK, and what are its objectives?
The Center of Halabja against the Anfalization and Genocide of the Kurds (CHAK) is an independent, Kurdish, civilian, non-governmental organization that works primarily on issues related to the mass killings and genocide committed against the Kurds. It works through democratic principles and uses peaceful means to reach its goals. The name Anfalization comes from the word Anfal, the code name for the Iraqi state’s military campaign against the Kurds that took place in 1988. “Anfal” means spoils, or booty, of war. The word is also the title of the eighth chapter (Sura) of the Quran. The Sura calls the Muslim prophet Muhammad and his followers to fight against non-believers until the final victory are reached. Thus Iraq compared Kurds with the non-believers. After the Anfal genocide the Kurds have come to use the word “Anfal” for the killing of the Kurds, or the killing and destruction of human life in general. In addition, the victims of the Anfal genocide are known as Anfalekan in the Kurdish community. The word has been inflected as a verb, Anfalkrdn (anfalize), that means to kill or destroy, and Anfalization comes from this interpretation as a subjective. The idea behind putting the word “Anfalization” into the name of the organization can be explained: First, by doing this the organization confirms its connection with Anfal genocide and all its related subjects. Second, it will enable the organization to make the concept and the crime known throughout the world.
CHAK was established in 2002 in response to the vacuum caused by the absence of a reliable and neutral organization in connection to such issues as compensation to victim’s families and the prosecution of the perpetrators in the mass killings and genocide in Kurdistan, generally, and to the Anfal genocide in particular. In addition, there were no serious efforts aimed at putting a stop to Kurdish ethnic cleansing and genocide or at bringing these to the attention of the world community. The main Kurdish political parties had failed to address the subject and did nothing for the victims; what is more, they even protected (and still protect) the perpetrators. These facts disappointed the Kurdish community, especially Kurdish intellectuals, and therefore the CHAK organization has been established and works to achieve the following objectives:
1. Bring the perpetrators of the mass killings and genocide to trail 2. Reveal the facts that facilitated the mass killings and genocide of the Kurds 3. Provide compensation for the victims of mass killings and genocide 4. Help the victims that suffer from disease and disability as a result of the mass killings and genocide 5. Help the family members of victims, especially the widows and children, of those killed 6. Work to find those victims who are still missing 7. Make the Kurdish mass killings and genocide world known 8. Contribute to preventing mass killings and genocide throughout the world 9. Fight against human rights abuses in the occupied Kurdistan regions and in other parts of the world 10. Work for a peaceful future for Kurdistan and the world in general 11. Address any other issues that are related to mass killings and genocide
CHAK is member of several international organizations, such as Genocide Watch and the like, and it works with sister organizations for a better and peaceful world.

The Centre of Halabja against Anfalization and Genocide of the Kurds (CHAK)

The Centre of Halabja against Anfalization and Genocide of the Kurds (CHAK)is a non-profit independent organization established in 2002 that acts against the genocide of the Kurds in Kurdistan (the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria). Its aim is to increase awareness about the genocide campaigns and human rights abuses committed against the Kurds. CHAK calls the United Nations, the international community and the human rights organizations to investigate the atrocities and ethnic cleansing in Kurdistan, prevail a peace, Compensate the victims of the crimes, appeal that March 16th (the day that Halabja attacked by a chemical weapons) becomes the international day of the interdiction and the destruction of the chemical weapons in the world and to punish the factories and the countries that provided the former Iraqi régime with the chemical weapons.