Our Kurdish people in Kurdistan-Iraq are today facing another barbaric military attack by the Baathist dictators of Baghdad, ravaging our towns and villages and murdering thousands of innocent civilians . The Kurdish people in other parts of Kurdistan remain denied their basic national rights, even their human rights are violated in some parts. At this crucial time in the history of our people, we* Kurdish students abroad must greatly increase our efforts in our Universities and colleges and in public meetings to break this wall of silence by the wovld media and governments about the gross violations of human rights and the genocidal war waged against our people.
KSSE, which was formed in 1956 by a number of Kurdish students, today has hundreds of members in 17 branches all over Europe, It has played an important role in conveying to world students and public opinion the plight of the Kurdish people in its divided country Kurdistan and the discrimination Kurdish students sufferea. It has also succeeded in rallying behind it all the Kurdish students studying in Europe and has truly become an Ambassador of our people abroad. Through this long and difficult struggle KSSE has gained the admiration of our people and the respect of our friends. We must live up to this expectation and responsibility.
I take this opportunity to pay tribute, in the name of all our members, to our heroic Pesh Merga and. our great leader Barzani, I call upon the world student movement and all humanitarian and progressive organisations and individuals, in the name of all the Kurdish students abroad, to come to the aid of the Kurdish people and raise their voice against the crimes committed against humanity in Kurdistan-Iraq.
The long march
Iraqi Kurdistan is once again under the ravages of brutal war, waged by the Baathist regime of Iraq, with all the attendant suffering from the daily bombardment, and the Iraqi Army's terrorism and intensified racialist measures against the Kurdish people. So ends a four-year truce between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Iraq's Baathist Government, making the 11th March 1970 agreement the latest in the series of promissory notes, issued by various Iraqi governments, which turn out to be duds.
Some argued from the outset that to hope for a fundamental change of heart by the Baathist was expecting the leopard to change his spots. Nevertheless, the general expectation, in the wake of the agreement, was that the Baath would, if for no other reason than of self-preservation, change their agressive stance. Alas, this turned out to be a chimera. For few can doubt that the events since March 1970 have conclusively proved the perfidious nature of the Baathist's approach to the Kurdish problem: the olive branch was a mere cover for their ultimate policy of destroying the Kurdish liberation movement:
During the four years specified, the substantive terms of the agreement remained unimplemented, namely the recognition of the Kurdish people as a free and equal partner with the Arab people in Iraq. The Baathist regime failed to implement the most fundamental principle of the accord, i.e. the carrying out within one year of an official census delineating the boundaries of one united autonomous region for Kurdistan. The regime failed in institutionalise the bi-national character of the country, treating the representatives of the Kurdish people such as the five ministers in the central government, as mere cyphers at the beck and call of the Baathist ruling clique, the so-called Revolution Command Council (RCC), a body which is self-appointed, consisting mostly of members of the Tikriti tribe, and accountable to no-one, with absolute executive, legislative and judicial powers over the whole country.
Furthermore the Baathist resorted to large scale and illegal measures to change the composition of some areas of Kurdistan; thus practising racial discrimination by uprooting large numbers of Kurdish families from their homelands, and by forcefully, settling non-Kurdish families in their homes, especially in the ...