CHAK, and what are its objectives?
Center of Halabja against the Anfalization[i]
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.
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. Consequently CHAK
organization has been established and works to
achieve the following objectives:
Bring the perpetrators of the mass killings and
genocide to trail
Reveal the facts that facilitated the mass
killings and genocide of the Kurds
Provide compensation for the victims of mass
killings and genocide
Help the victims that suffer from disease and
disability as a result of the mass killings and
Help the family members of victims, especially
the widows and children, of those killed
Make the Kurdish mass killings and genocide
Contribute to preventing mass killings and
genocide throughout the world
Fight against human rights abuses in the
occupied Kurdistan regions and in other parts of
member of several international organizations, such
as Genocide Watch,
and cooperation, and it works with sister
organizations for a better and peaceful world.
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.
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.