The French Parliament adopted this morning a resolution urging the French Government to:
- Recognize the genocide perpetrated by Daesh against Yazidi, Christians and other minorities in Irak and Syria
- Refer this situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) through the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
During the parliamentary discussion, most of the Members of Parliament have made reference to the UN report They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis which urged the International Community to recognize the “ongoing genocide against Yazidis” and to fight impunity for perpetrators.
Yazda welcomes the adoption of this resolution and takes this opportunity to reiterate its main recommendations for the French Government:
- Formally recognize the Yazidi genocide separate from collective recognition of Genocide.
- Support establishing a safe zone for Yazidis and other minorities under international protection.
- Relocate in France Yazidi vulnerable victims of continuing genocidal attacks, especially Yazidi women and girls who managed to escape captivity.
- Provide financial and technical support for forensic expertise of the 42 mass graves already identified by Yazda in Sinjar. Support financially rebuild of liberated Yazidi Areas.
In February 2016, CAP international facilitated the advocacy tour of Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Yazda to Paris. On this occasion, Yazda and Nadia Murad met with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Presidential office (Elysée). They also met with Ministers Laurence Rossignol and Najat Vallaud Belkacem, the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, and two delegations of Senators and member of the Assemblée nationale.
Yazda website: www.yazda.org
The Yazidis are a People and an ethno-religious group based mainly in northern Iraq, Kurdistan, Germany, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia. Yazidis have a 6,000-year-old distinctive culture. ISIS launched a genocidal attack on the Yazidi People in August 2014, justified by falsely declaring Yazidis to be ‘devil worshippers’.
In the ISIS campaign of genocide captured Yazidi men and male teenagers were immediately murdered, younger boys sent for indoctrination as future ISIS fighters, young women and girls kidnapped as sex slaves while the middle aged and older women were subsequently murdered.
In summary approximately 5000 Yazidis were massacred, 7000 abducted and 90% of the Yazidi community displaced to refugee camps, mostly in Kurdistan, Iraq. Some 3,400 women and children remain in ISIS captivity either as sex slaves or undergoing brainwashing as future ISIS fighters. An estimated 2,576 Yazidi women and children have escaped or been rescued from ISIS captivity, of whom 1,100 have been brought to Germany for counselling and therapy. Some 42 Yazidi religious sites have been destroyed, numerous graveyards desecrated and Yazidi property plundered.