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March 15, 2015 – Commemoration of the Halabja Genocide

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate with you the twenty-seventh Anniversary of the Halabja Genocide – part of Al-Anfal Campaign in northern Iraq.

On this solemn occasion, we pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants.

In 2013, I was privileged to attend the “Day of Hope” commemoration in Halabja. This solemn and poignant occasion was held to pay homage to those who were killed during this genocide.

As we reflect, we must re-commit to fervently work to ensure that such unspeakable acts are never repeated.

I believe it is important for us to remember the lessons of history and uphold the values Canadians hold dear – peace, freedom, democracy and respect. In so doing, we will develop a deeper understanding of our duty and responsibility to our fellow man to ensure that we live in peace and harmony.