HL Deb 10 December 1998 vol 595 cc103-4WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will do everything possible to secure the release from detention in Iraq of 429 Kurds, who have been held since the Anfal operations of 1987 and 1988; and whether they will consult the International Committee of the Red Cross on their behalf. [HL74]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The Anfal operations inflicted appalling suffering on the Kurdish people in northern Iraq, including summary executions, forced displacement and arbitrary imprisonment. Her Majesty's Government have no information on the specific case raised by the noble Lord, but would pass any information received on the subject to the relevant organisations.

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