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RIGHTS-IRAQ: Group Demands Arrest of Envoy for Kurdish Campaign

A major U.S. human rights group called Friday for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Iraqi Gen. Hassan al-Majid, the alleged architect of the notorious 1988 ‘Anfal’ campaign against Iraqi Kurds, who is currently on a diplomatic tour of neighboring Arab states. Human Rights Watch (HRW), which has collected some 18 tons of documents relating to the Anfal campaign, in which tens of thousands of Kurds lost their lives, said al-Majid arrived in Damascus today for talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is expected to travel to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon in the coming days. ”Al-Majid is (Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein (news – web sites)’s hatchet man,” said HRW director Kenneth Roth. ”He has been involved in some of Iraq’s worst crimes – including genocide and crimes against humanity. Bringing him to justice is an essential priority.” Full Story

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