URGENT: Yazda sources report airstrikes on Yazidi homeland in Sinjar.

In the early morning hours (around 2am) of today, April 25, 2017, several airstrikes took place in the Yazidi homeland, Sinjar (Shingal). It is believed that Turkish jets are targeting mainly PKK and YBS positions.

Yazda sources on the ground in Sinjar reported that multiple airstrikes took place on Chilmera, Karse valley entrance, Bara, among other locations. Our sources also confirmed flight activities in the region.

Yazda has no further details at this point, however, as the situation develops, we will put forward a more detailed statement about the situation.

As an international Yazidi NGO, Yazda’s main concern is the threat to civilians. More than eight thousand Yazidi families have returned to Sinjar mountain and Sinone Municipality towns and villages. The majority of civilians there live within a few kilometers from militants’ positions. Further, no fully-equipped emergency medical facilities exist in this area to help with any casualties.

 

 

 

 

 

Nadia Murad’s full remarks on ISIS accountability before the United Nations

 

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for welcoming me once more among you here at the UN.

 

For over a year and a half now, I have been travelling around the world to give testimony on ISIS’ brutality and the crimes they committed against me personally, and against my people.

 

I am physically and emotionally exhausted. Just like Farida, Lamia, Shireen, and many other Yazidi girls who have decided to speak up about ISIS’ crimes, I have put my life on hold to seek justice, rather than focusing on my own recovery and trying to build a future in my new country, Germany. Our decision to speak up came at a great personal cost.

 

Since I last spoke here at the UN, a few months ago, German authorities decided to implement additional security measures for my safety. While I am deeply grateful to Germany for this decision, it is also a constant reminder that my nightmare with ISIS is far from over, and that ISIS terrorists are still a serious threat to me because of my public role.

 

More importantly, I know that my speaking publicly has put the surviving members of my family at great risk.

 

My sister is law, Jilan, was captured by ISIS just like I was in August 2014. After many failed attempts, she finally managed to escape and return to freedom last December, after almost 30 months in ISIS’ hands. Her husband, my brother, who only escaped the mass execution of all men from my village by sheer coincidence, worked tirelessly to rescue her from captivity. When Jilan returned, she was pale, weak and traumatized by months of torture and abuses. I have been too scared to ask her the details of what happened to her for all this time. And I am haunted every day by the knowledge that thousands of Yazidi women and girls like Jilan remain in ISIS captivity.

 

Among them are two of my sisters-in-law and four of my nephews and nieces, including Nodam who is not even 3 years old. She was only a few months old when ISIS captured her and her mother in August 2014. We haven’t received any news of them since, and it is excruciating to imagine the abuse they are enduring.

 

I worry every day that, because of my decision to speak publicly, I have put in danger all of my relatives, both those in captivity and those who have escaped.

 

I wish I could say this was worth it.

 

My words, tears, and my testimony have not made you act. I wonder whether there is any point in continuing my campaign at all.

 

15 months after I first spoke at the UN Security Council, not a single ISIS militant has been brought to justice for committing genocide against my community or for the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against all sectors of the Iraqi people.

 

In the meantime, ISIS crimes continue unabated. Entire communities are being wiped out from their homeland, including Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Sabeans, Shabaks, Kakaians and many other minorities that were the very fabric of this region.

 

Only last month, ISIS released a video showing two Yazidi brothers, Assad and Amjad. They were 12-year old schoolboys when ISIS captured them, in August 2014. They were separated from their family and sent to be trained and brainwashed in ISIS’ camps. The video released last month shows them driving explosive-laden vehicles and blowing themselves up in suicide attacks in Mosul.

 

Hundreds of Yazidi families have boys who – like my nephew Malik – are still in captivity, being trained in ISIS’ military camps. Many will be sent on suicide missions, like Amjad and Assad.

 

In the face of this, the Government of Iraq and the international community seem to be paralyzed. I am told that the United Nation is awaiting a formal letter from Iraq before it can start to investigate these crimes. For over two years now, the victims of those crimes have waited patiently for an investigation to begin; for the remains of our loved ones to be examined and buried.

 

I cannot understand what is taking so long. I cannot understand why you are letting ISIS get away with it, or what more you need to hear before you will act. So today I ask the Iraqi government and the UN to establish an investigation and give all victims of ISIS the justice they deserve.

 

Thank you.

Amal Clooney’s remarkable speech before the UN on behalf of victims of Yazidi Genocide

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the sponsors of this event for inviting me to address you once again at the United Nations. Six months ago, I came here to discuss the need for accountability for crimes committed by ISIS. I spoke to you as the lawyer for a group of victims of ISIS’ crimes, including Nadia Murad, who as a 21-year old girl was enslaved and raped by ISIS militants in Iraq. My message to you was that ISIS is a global threat, which requires a global response. And that the response should not be limited to the battlefield:  the UN should also investigate ISIS’ crimes and make sure that those responsible are brought to justice.

Since my last address I have supported the United Kingdom’s initiative to have the Security Council set up an investigation into ISIS’ crimes in Iraq. This would allow the UN to work alongside Iraqis to collect evidence of crimes on the ground and identify specific individuals who are responsible for them. Over the last few months, I have met with Iraqi, EU and UN officials and members of the Security Council, including the Russian and US Ambassadors, to discuss this initiative. All of them expressed support for the idea of a UN investigation to be established by the Security Council with Iraq’s cooperation.

So the UK took an admirable leadership role, and drafted a short resolution to make this a reality. This draft was presented to Iraq many months ago and Iraq has since repeatedly and publicly expressed its support for the initiative. As recently as October Foreign Minister Jaafari confirmed Iraq’s commitment to quote “a Campaign… led by the UN… [that would] include action to gather and preserve evidence of [ISIS’] crimes”. The Iraqi government is aware that a one-page letter to the Security Council requesting the investigation would be sufficient to trigger a vote on the resolution. But months have passed, deadlines set by the UK have come and gone, and the Iraqi government has declined to send the letter. So there has been no vote, no resolution, no investigation.

The Council could of course act without this letter. It could establish the investigation without Iraq’s consent, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. It could refer the case to the International Criminal Court. The General Assembly could establish an accountability mechanism, as it did for Syria in December. Or the Secretary-General could launch an investigation. But none of this has happened yet. Instead, mass graves in Iraq still lie unprotected and un-exhumed. Witnesses are fleeing. And there is still not one ISIS militant who has faced trial for international crimes anywhere in the world.

So I am speaking to you, the Iraqi government, and to you, UN member states, when I ask: Why? Why has nothing been done?

Could it be that these crimes are not serious enough to warrant an international investigation? NOISIS is today the most brutal terror group in the world, representing what the Security Council has called an “unprecedented threat” to international peace and security. ISIS has carried out or inspired attacks in more than 31 countries that have killed over 2000 people outside Syria and Iraq in the last 3 years alone. Inside Iraq, ISIS has attacked victims from every community including Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims and Christians. And ISIS has made clear that it intends to destroy Yazidis, like Nadia, completely: through killings, forced conversions, and rape. The UN has concluded that ISIS is committing genocide against this group, and there can be no more serious crime. The UN was created as the world’s way of saying ‘never again’ to the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis. And yet here we are, 70 years later, discussing the UN’s inaction in the face of a genocide that we all know about, and that is ongoing.

So is it that the political interests of powerful states stand in the way of accountability? Is that why, over two years after the genocide began, not one ISIS member has been brought to trial for it? NO – this is not it either. As a human rights lawyer I am often told that my cause, while commendable, cannot succeed because of political realities. We have seen the Security Council paralysed over Syria, or the road to the International Criminal Court obstructed when powerful states block Council action. But here, ladies and gentlemen, we are dealing with ISIS. No one claims to respect or protect them. No veto-wielding member of the Council is on their side. And yet we are no closer to justice than when I addressed you last year.

Could it be, then, that crimes of this nature will be too difficult to prove? NO — this is not a reason for inaction either. ISIS is a bureaucracy of evil leaving a trail of evidence behind it that no one is picking up. It has kicked bodies into uncovered mass graves. It set up a ‘Committee for the Buying and Selling of Slaves’ and courts to ‘legalise’ the purchase of women as property. It has kept detailed forms about its recruits, including their name, phone number, address and previous terror experience. ISIS militants have even sent messages to Nadia from their phones, taunting her that they still have her family members in captivity… They don’t bother to hide their phone number when they do so: they know no one is looking for it.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen: what is shocking here is not just the brutality of ISIS but how long those who know about it can remain passive. If we do not change course, history will judge us, and there will be no excuse for our failure to act. We cannot say that ISIS’ crimes were not serious enough; we cannot say that the interests of powerful states stood in the way; or that these crimes are too hard to prove. That’s why I am asking you today: to stand up for justice.

Every conflict reminds us that there can be no lasting peace without justice. A lack of accountability simply leads to continuing cycles of vengeful violence. So killing ISIS on the battlefield is not enough: we must also kill the idea behind ISIS by exposing its brutality and bringing individual criminals to justice. Justice is also what the victims want – ask the families of the American hostages Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff who were beheaded by the ISIS militant known as Jihadi John. When Jihadi John was reportedly killed by a drone strike in Syria, the hostages’ families said they would have preferred it if he had been arrested instead. Steven’s family said they wanted to quote “sit in a courtroom, watch him sentenced and see him sent to … prison”. Yazidi women like Nadia say the same: they want the chance to face their abusers in court; they want legal judgments to be published, to prevent their genocide later being denied. And they deserve nothing less. But justice will forever be out of reach if we allow the evidence to disappear: if mass graves are not protected, if medical evidence is lost, if witnesses can no longer be traced.

Excellencies, it is not too late to turn things around. I believe there is a common will among those in this room, among leaders in Baghdad and capitals around the world that ISIS should be held accountable in a court of law for its crimes. What is needed now is moral leadership to make it happen.

Last week’s US State Department report on Iraq reminds us that the vast majority of serious human rights abuses being committed today in Iraq are committed by ISIS, and that all Iraqis – Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yazidi, and others – are its victims.

So today, I wish to speak directly to Prime Minister Abadi: on behalf of all of ISIS’ victims, I call on you to send the letter to the Security Council requesting an investigation into ISIS crimes. Getting the UN involved was initially Iraq’s idea, and finally taking action to make it a reality would silence those who doubt your commitment to bring Daesh to justice.

And finally, to all UN member states: if this road to accountability through the Security Council is blocked, you must take the initiative to secure accountability in other ways available to you under the UN Charter. Don’t let this be another Rwanda, where you regret doing too little, too late. Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide.

Amal Clooney

March 9th 2017

United Nations

Yazda statement on today’s incident in Khanesor, Sinjar

With great concern, Yazda follows the situation in Shingal (Sinjar) after an armed conflict took place today near the town of Khanesor between the Rojava Peshmerga and YBS group that resulted in causalities among the two groups.
 
According to our sources in Sinjar, the armed conflict resulted in displacement of hundreds of families from Khanesor and nearby areas. Yazda has not been able to confirm whether there were casualties among the Yazidi civilians.
 
The armed conflict also resulted in a psychological shock among the returnees population. We estimate that 40,000 people are currently living in Al-Shingal municipality (Sinone) and Sardashte.
 
Yazda, as a global Yazidi organization defending the rights of Yazidis and their interests, clarifies and states the following:
 
1. We object all armed conflicts in the Yazidi areas between the rival groups and call to immediately halt them, protect civilians and their properties, and restore calm on the ground. We call on all sides to self-control when dealing with the current sensitive events. We maintain equidistance from all rival groups who resisted or fought against the so-called (Daesh), we believe that a unity serves interests all the groups as well as the victims.
 
2. Yazda demand from all parties to ensure safety of all Yazidi civilians and citizens. No conflict should be taking place in areas of population concentrations in the towns and villages. In case of any human loses, the combatting groups shall held the responsibility.
3. Yazda’s position is that Yazidis must have rights to determine their future and type of governance they prefer. Yazda demands that all parties respect the will of Yazidi population in this area and all Yazidi areas. Opinion of Yazidi people must be taken into consideration in all issues related to their future.
 
4. Yazda sees that the solution in Sinjar must be based on a mutual Kurdistanian-Iraqi understanding with mediation from the international community and the UN so that the Yazidis are protected from future genocides.
 
5. Yazda call on all parties to depend on the dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the differences and reaffirm that we are ready to play a role in reconciliation between the Kurdish groups to resolve any outstanding issues to work out a solution for post-ISIS stage.
 
6. Yazda call on all Yazidi sides to abstain themselves from any armed conflicts. We reiterate that the only enemy Yazidi have is the terrorist groups and their supporters who participated in committing the Genocide. Yazda also appeals to the Yazidi groups to play a positive role in the reconciliation between the Kurdish groups and prevent internal conflict.
 
Yazda leadership affirms as a Yazidi organization that we stand to same distance from all parties and that we do not prefer one political side from another, Yazda’s aim is to establish security and peace for the Yazidi after the Genocide and advocate for creating a future so that no future genocide take place.
 
Yazda Board
March 3 2017

Press Release: Arrest Warrant against ISIS militant in Germany recognises crimes committed against Yazidis as genocide

In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Germany authorised the issuance of an arrest warrant against an ISIS commander who is allegedly responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Yazidi minority in Syria and Iraq. The ISIS commander – whose name will not be disclosed for the time being – was identified for prosecution by the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office. He is said to be high-ranking and responsible for the abduction and sexual enslavement of Yazidi women. [wysija_form id=”2″]

In August 2014, ISIS attacked the Sinjar region in Northern Iraq, homeland to the Yazidis, a peaceful minority targeted by ISIS because of their ancient religion. Thousands of men and older women were executed on the spot, while girls were captured to become “sex slaves” and young boys kidnapped and trained to be child soldiers. Over 360,000 Yazidis were displaced in a matter of days.

Over two and a half years later, more than 3,000 Yazidis remain in ISIS captivity. The United Nations has recognised that the crimes committed by ISIS against the Yazidis amount to genocide. But to date, no member of ISIS has been indicted or tried anywhere in the world for these atrocities.

 

This arrest warrant is an opportunity to change that. Amal Clooney, counsel to Yazda, Nadia Murad and other Yazidi ISIS survivors, congratulates the German Federal Prosecutor Christian Ritscher and his team for this achievement. It is hoped that the perpetrator can now be arrested and brought to trial. And that prosecutors in other countries show a similar commitment to holding members of ISIS accountable through their courts, where there is jurisdiction to do so.


 

Yazda Press Release: Reopening of Yazda facilities in Kurdistan Region

Following a series of positive meetings with concerned parties within the Kurdistan Regional Government “KRG”, a positive result was reached with regards to reopening Yazda facilities and projects in Kurdistan Region of Iraq “KRI” after resolving issues between the two sides. The closure of Yazda’s facilities and projects was due to a misunderstanding and translation of some of Yazda activities as transgression to KRG laws and regulations relates to NGOs.

Yazda recognizes that the current situation is extremely difficult and many complexities exist, which may result in misunderstanding concerning the work of any organization. We reiterate that Yazda will follow all KRG laws and regulations regarding NGOs as it does in all countries where Yazda operates. Yazda will also continue to work in accordance with the principles on which Yazda was founded. We at Yazda believe in cooperation that is based on mutual respect and dialogue to deal with the genocide that resulted in a catastrophic impact on the Yazidi community. We affirm that Yazda is not a political entity, nor linked to any political entities nor supports any side. Yazda is a neutral, moderate and professional organization formed to support victims of the Yazidi Genocide through advocating for a future with security so that the Genocide is not repeated against Yazidis in the future.

Yazda leadership expresses its gratitude to all parties who contributed in resolving the differences. Yazda highly appreciates our local and international partners, thanks the KRG for their understanding and affirms its commitment to work within the regulations of KRI so that the misunderstanding is not repeated.  We look forward to continuing our humanitarian programmes alongside our advocacy for the Yazidi case and on behalf of the victims of Genocide on both the international and local level.

Yazda Board of Directors

January 18, 2017

Yazda Urges Reopening of Yazidi Refugee Aid and Therapy Services in Iraq

US and EU can play a vital role in solving the crisis

Yazda, a global organisation representing the Yazidi community in the Middle East, has called for immediate talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, following the withdrawal by the KRG of its license to operate programmes in support of internally displaced persons.

Over the past two years, Yazda has provided support to Yazidi victims of genocide in the aftermath of August 3, 2014 attack by ISIS on the Sinjar region, which displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The license was renewed only last November, and includes a pyscho-social programme supporting Yazidi woman who escaped captivity, a social care programme supporting more than 600 women and children, two medical clinics serving over 250 patients a day, a documentation programme and an outreach programme to support returnees to Sinjar.

KRG security forces suddenly ordered closure of Yazda centers and all its programmes on Monday January 2nd. . Its NGO department said the decision was based on allegations that Yazda has not “abided by the laws”, had practiced “political activities” and that “licenses were expired”. Yazda refutes these allegations and demands that its centers and programs reopen immediately.

Mr Haider Elias, Yazda President said “we are working to open communication channels with international and local sides to seek immediate international mediators to meet the KRG leadership, Minister of Interior and their NGOs department to discuss the crisis. “Yazda would like to find an acceptable legal solution through mutual respect. We believe that the USA and EU can play a vital role in this regard “Yazda is not a political organization, however it advocates for the rights of Yazidis internationally, Yazda was established to prevent future genocides after the vicious assaults committed by ISIS after August 3 2014. Advocating and highlighting this cause in all international norms cannot be translated as “political activities”, we are extremely surprised that our work is now being labeled by KRG in this way. “We request to see and discuss claims of “proof” that Yazda has done political activities and any other alleged evidence of wrong doing. Yazda licenses to work in the KRG are fully up to date, we attach the copy of Yazda formal registration by the KRG, renewed less than two months ago on November 16 last.

“Yazda is also active on the international stage to raise awareness about the Yazidi Genocide, bring perpetrators to justice for Genocide crime and ask the international community to create an UN guaranteed safe-zone to prevent future Genocides. “Yazda supports former ISIS captive, Nadia Murad, UN Goodwill Ambassador and winner of the 2016 Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought and many other women and girls to give their testimonies on physical, psychological and sexual torture.

“Our organisation plays a pivotal role to communicate the situation of the Yazidi people to the world and provide consultation to the world powers on the rights of minorities in the region, our principles will not be altered under pressure. “Yazda therefore requests an immediate investigation on how a legal entity operating within the law has been treated in this way. The KRG authorities should immediately reverse this decision and allow Yazda to resume its humanitarian operations within our community.

“Ejection of Yazda from Kurdistan could only have negative political motivation, It will be not just an insult to the entire Yazidi community but will have massive implications for the rights of all ethno-religious minorities in the region, will fatally undermine the legitimacy and viability of the Kurdistan KRG government and will serve to strengthen of the forces of hatred and terror.

“For these reasons we urgently appeal to the KRG and international mediators to facilitate immediate talks and ensure that validly operating aid programmes are allowed to resume,”

Mr Haider said.

Press Release: French Parliament urges the French Government to recognize the Yazidi genocide and to seize the International Criminal Court through the United Nations Security Council.

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 websitewww.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.

Press Release in English

Press Release in Arabic

Yazda Press Release: Canadian MPs urged to work together to help Yazidi victims of genocide and sexual slavery by ISIS

Yazda Press Release: Sunday 23 October 2016

For immediate release

Canadian MPs urged to work together to help Yazidi victims of genocide and sexual slavery by ISIS

Call comes as House of Commons is set to vote on a Motion on 25 October

Yazda, the Yazidi non-governmental organisation, today called on Canadian Members of Parliament to vote in favour of the motion proposed on the Yazidi Genocide and approve granting special status to most vulnerable Yazidi victims of continuing genocidal attacks in Iraq.

Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director said “Yazda thanks MPs of all parties for their interest in the Yazidi genocide. It urges that the forthcoming House of Commons debate and vote on Tuesday 25 October conclude with an all-party resolution:

  • to formally recognize the Yazidi Genocide following recognition by the Canadian Government, UN, EU, US and UK.
  • grant special status to Yazidi vulnerable victims of continuing genocidal attacks, especially to Yazidi women and girls who managed to escape captivity.
  • to adopt UN recommendations as specified in the proposed motion.

“Nadia Murad and I were both struck by the overwhelming desire of so many MPs at the House of Commons debate in July 2016 to help our people and urge that Canada’s parliamentarians channel this collective goodwill into an all-party motion that will help our people.

“Such a motion backed up by action will defy ISIS and underpin Canada’s reputation for supporting the human rights of the most vulnerable because Yazidi women and girls have been particular targets of psychological, physical and sexual torture by ISIS” concluded Mr Ismael.

 

 ENDS

For further information on this media release please contact:

Murad Ismael, Executive Director, Yazda

Telephone (832) 638-4348

Email: murad.ismael@yazda.org

Website: www.yazda.org

 

Note to Editors:

Yazda is an international not-for-profit organisation established to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide. It runs projects to help Yazidis in Iraq and has documented 35 mass graves in territory liberated from ISIS.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23 year old Iraqi Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity recently appointed United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney on Yazda’s campaign to persuade the International Criminal Court to open an investigation regarding ISIS crimes.

Yazda met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 19 September 2016 at the United Nations in New York and on 19 July 2016 gave testimony to Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

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The Yazidis are a religious minority based mainly in northern Iraq and have a 6,000 year old culture. ISIS launched a genocidal attack on the Yazidi community 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.

The above has been documented in the June 2016 report of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, ‘They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis’ which concluded that “genocide has occurred and is ongoing” against the Yazidi community.

A Statement by Nadia Murad and Yazda`s Communication Team on Nadia and Yazda Visit to Australia

 

Press release, August 17, 2016


Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS enslavement and human trafficking, and a human rights activist, will travel to Australia on August 19th-26th as part of a delegation by Yazda, a global Yazidi organisation, to highlight the situation of Yazidi people under an ongoing genocide by ISIS since 2014.

Nadia Murad, Ahmed Khudida, Yazda deputy Executive director and Nikki Marczak, Genocide scholar at Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will visit the University of Sydney to participate in a public event with religious communities in Sydney, Meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister Peter Dutton as well as with Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, visit Queensland university and participate in a public event with Global Center for Responsibility to Protect. In this visit Nadia and Yazda will raise the following points:  

1-Global opposition to  terrorism, radicalization and human trafficking.

2-  Recognition of Yazidi genocide and accountability for ISIS for their crimes against Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

3- Helping refugees to be relocated to Australia. Discuss the situation of refugees in Turkey, Syria and Greece as well as the situation of ISIS survivors who managed to flee from ISIS captivity.  

4- Adapting International measures to ensure the future of all religious and ethnical groups in Iraq and Syria.

 

Nadia will also meet some NGOs, media and other civil society organizations to raise awareness about the current situation of women and children in the conflict areas in Iraq and Syria. Nadia`s visit to Australia is occurring within her humanitarian mission to ask the international community to designate the heinous crimes perpetrated against Yazidis as genocide by ISIS and asks the United Nations Security Council to refer these crimes to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. Nadia is also leading a special campaign to prompt the Muslim world to reject ISIS and to condemn ISIS crimes against humanity, particularly against children and women, carried out in the name of Islam. Her mission includes seeking to deter Muslim youths from joining or supporting ISIS, and asking them to promote tolerance towards the beliefs of others.

Nadia is doing all this work despite the psychological trauma of the brutality and appalling sexual violence to which she was subjected, the massacre of her family, and the destruction of her homeland, Nadia escaped the ISIS fighters, recovered, and confronted her trauma. Through her advocacy, Nadia has met with numerous presidents, prime ministers, and other heads of state around the world, in addition to countless meetings with religious and community leaders and other high-level officials.

For more information about the press release please contact:

Yazda Global Organisation: 00447495062635, ahmed.khudida@yazda.org, www.yazda.org or  

Nikki Marczak nikki@carobtree.com.au

 

Note for Editors: 
Nadia Murad Basee Taha is based in Germany and is heading a campaign to highlight the Yazidi genocide by ISIS and obtain help for the victims. Her appearance before the UN Security Council in New York on 16 December 2015 is on this link:
http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001 

 

She is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes.

 

Since December 2015 Nadia has undertaken numerous meetings as part of her campaign to build awareness of what is happening to ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq. As can be seen on her Twitter account those she has met include the Prime Ministers of Norway and Greece, the President of Greece, the US Secretary of State, the UN Secretary General, the Foreign Ministers of Belgium and Sweden, the French Minister for Education, committees of the European and Canadian Parliaments and the US Senate and the members of the European Parliament and the parliaments of Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden and senior officials of the European Commission and the French Foreign Ministry. Prominent German politicians she has met include Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mr Ms Barbara Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament, member of the Bundestag Dr Johann Wadephul, the Niedersachsen SPD parliamentary party and Germany’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva,  Dr Joachim Ruecker.

 

Yazda is a Yazidi non governmental organisation that is providing Nadia’s support team and that works to help Yazidis through a range of projects. It is spearheading the campaign for an International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation and lodged a report with the ICC in the Hague in 2015. It has documented the sites of over 35 mass graves of Yazidi massacre victims. In Kurdistan it runs a primary medical care centre, a psychosocial treatment and trauma support centre for former captives, educational initiatives and aid projects.

 

Facts: On 3 August 2014 ISIS launched a genocidal attack on Yazidi communities in the Mount Sinjar area of Northern Iraq. ISIS has justified its campaign of extermination by falsely declaring Yazidis to be ‘devil worshippers’. If captured Yazidi men and male teenagers were immediately murdered, younger boys sent off for indoctrination as future ISIS fighters, young women and girls kidnapped as sex slaves while the middle aged and older women were subsequently murdered.

 

The largest known massacre took place in Nadia’s home village of Kocho, where nearly every male over the age of 12 was murdered, approximately over 400 murders. The victims include her mother and 6 of her brothers. Approximately 5000 Yazidis have been murdered, 7000 abducted and 90% of the Yazidi community displaced to refugee camps, mostly in Kurdistan. An estimated 2576 Yazidi women and children have escaped or been rescued from ISIS captivity, of whom 1100 have been brought to Germany under the Special Quota Programme. Some 42 Yazidi religious sites have been destroyed and graveyards have been desecrated.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Commemoration of the 2007 Sinjar Massacres against the Yazidis

Persecution of Yazidis by radical groups in 2007 resulted in the killing of more than 1000 Yazidis and over 1,500 injured.

Iraq, August 14, 2016:  On August 14, 2007, Al-Qaida terrorists attacked Yazidi civilians in Shingal “Sinjar” with four coordinated suicide car bombs in the Yazidi towns of Til Azir “Kahtaniya” and Siba Shex Khider “Al-Jazeera” on the southern side of Sinjar Mountain. The attack targeted residential and commercials areas of the two towns with the intention of killing as many people as possible.

The attack resulted in the killing of more than 1000 Yazidis – including children, woman and men – with over 1,500 civilians injured. These four attacks are considered the deadliest and most damaging single attacks by a radical group followed only by the September 11th attacks on the United States.

Systematic persecution of Yazidis can be traced back several centuries. Radical groups justify their horrific violence against Yazidis based on the belief that Yazidis are not “People of the book” – defining them as Infidels according to their strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

The August 2007 attacks left behind hundreds of orphans and widows.  This tragedy was only further deepened as the so-called Islamic State waged a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis in August 2014. The same towns (along with Kocho, Qini and Hardan) were the most affected in term of lives losts and abductions. An estimated 10,000 Yazidis were killed or enslaved during the 2014 Genocide and nearly the entire Yazidi population of 400,000 people were displaced.

“The 2014 genocide against the Yazidis was the last link in the chain of historic and systematic persecution by Radical Islamic Groups. This latest genocide – which has been acknowledged by the United Nations – must provoke the international community to look deeply into the problems facing Yazidis and adapt new measures to protect the Yazidis from radical groups. Unless the world stands up and takes responsibility, the very existence of Yazidis is at stake” – Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director

Full Statement in PDF format

 

Nadia Murad in Toronto in support of the arts and activism and to inspire Canadian action to alleviate the suffering of the Yazidi people.

LACE Productions and Yazda Press Release: Tuesday 2 August 2016

For immediate release

Nadia Murad in Toronto in support of the arts and activism and to inspire Canadian action to alleviate the suffering of the Yazidi people.

Nadia’s visit comes as Toronto premieres the first live performance about the Yazidi genocide on August 4th.

 

A significant and unique story will be unfolding in Toronto this week.

Nadia Murad, advocate for the Yazidi people (a persecuted ethnic and religious minority in Iraq), Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and survivor of ISIS sex-trafficking, will be in Toronto in support of the arts and activism this August 4th-7th.

Nadia is coming to support and attend The Unbelievers, a play by Hannah Rittner and the first live performance about the Yazidi genocide. The play will premiere in Toronto August 5th-14th at the BMO Incubator Theatre (1115 Queen St W) as part of the Summerworks Performance Festival. Opening night revenue will be donated to Yazda, a global Yazidi organization dedicated to supporting the Yazidi people in the aftermath of the 2014 genocide.
On August 6th, Nadia will speak at Theatre Meets Activism— an event co-produced by LACE Productions (The Unbelievers) and The Koffler Centre of the Arts. Nadia, Hannah Rittner (LACE Productions Creative Director), and Rozin Hanjool (Head of Women’s Outreach at Yazda) will partake in a conversation with Rachel Browne (VICE News) and the general public. Using issues raised in the play as a springboard, the speakers will discuss the crisis of the Yazidi people and how Canada can help, giving Nadia the platform to continue the dialogue she began during her July visit to Canadian Parliament.
 
Context & Background
Her visit is timely as this Wednesday August 3rd 2016 marks the 2nd year anniversary of the Yazidi genocide, recently declared as ‘ongoing’ by the UN Security Council. On August 3rd 2014, fighters for the so-called ISIS invaded villages in northern Iraq, massacred the men and formally introduced systematic sexual slavery of Yazidi women and girls. The Yazidi genocide has resulted in the death of three to five thousand civilians; the abduction of five to seven thousand individuals; and the displacement of 400,000 people from the Yazidi homelands. Over 3,200 Yazidi women and children are still held captive by ISIS and subjected to almost unimaginable horrors.
In December 2015, Nadia spoke at the UN Security Council’s first ever session on human trafficking and has since been meeting with heads of state worldwide seeking justice and assistance for her people. On July 19th 2016, Nadia testified in front of Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She then spent the following week meeting with Canadian members of parliament and department officials, activating a direct call for government to take immediate action in support of the Yazidi people.
In a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, Nadia wrote, “I am immensely grateful for the people and government of Canada. We are so grateful for your approach to the international crisis, especially in our region of Northern Iraq. The meetings we had showed us that Canada wants to help us, and that actual steps can be taken to help our community and other vulnerable minorities in Iraq who are affected by Daesh.”
Both the play, The Unbelievers, and the event where Nadia will be speaking and answering questions, Theatre Meets Activism, is open to members of the press provided they coordinate with our team so that we can reserve a seat for them. Seating at both venues is limited.

 

Otherwise, Nadia is available for interviews to discuss her experiences on August 4th, 5th and 6th.

Contact: Ashley Peoples, Development & Advocacy, LACE Productions
Telephone: 347-633-4197 Email: development.associate.lcp@gmail.com

Yazidis urge UK to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International

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Yazda Press Release: Monday 1 August 2016

Yazidis urge UK to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International

 

Call comes as UN inquiry finds that genocide attempts ‘ongoing’

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23 year old Iraqi Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel

Peace Prize nominee, today supported the call by Yazda, which represents the Yazidi

community, on the British government to request the United Nations Security Council to refer

ongoing genocide attempts by ISIS against Yazidis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This

call was made as we approach the second anniversary of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi

community in Iraq on 3 August 2014.

Ms Murad, who spoke to the United Nations Security Council on 16 December 2015, is working

jointly with Yazda and with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the

International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes.

The call follows a finding by the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, ‘They Came

to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis’, on 16 June 2015 that “genocide has occurred and is

ongoing” against the Yazidi community. Yazidi women and girls have been particular targets of

psychological, physical and sexual torture by ISIS.

Ms Murad said “the United Kingdom, as a permanent member of UN Security Council and as a

member of ICC, has both a right and an obligation to seek an open, international investigation of

ISIS atrocities and crimes, so that the Yazidi case gets legal recognition. The British government

should implement the House of Commons resolution to this effect passed on 20 April last.

“Two years later, some 3,400 women and girls remain trapped in sex slavery and torture. This is

effectively the emergence of feminicide through the kidnapping of Yazidi women as spoils of war,

their enslavement, torture, systematic rape and forced religious conversion as was documented this

day last year by Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-
General for Sexual Violence in Conflict,when she stated

”First­hand accounts from internally displaced persons and refugees, some of whom I

met during my visit to the Middle East in April, confirm systematic sexual violence,

particularly against Yazidi women and children aged between eight and 35 years.”

“In addition hundreds of thousands of our people remain homeless, displaced and subject to

ongoing risk of attack. Thousands of Yazidis are refugees in the EU with over 3,300 in Greece

alone” said Ms Murad.

In addition to raising the issue at the ICC, Yazda and Ms Murad called on the British

government to assist further by:

 Granting special status to Yazidi refugees as victims of continuing genocidal attacks

 Granting temporary permits to escaped Yazidi victims of rape and sex slavery to

 Providing humanitarian assistance to more than 400,000 displaced Yazidis

“In addition, we have just completed a visit to Canada to discuss with government officials,

Parliament and NGOs there how best to support measures for the protection of these vulnerable

groups. We would welcome an opportunity to work more closely with the British government on

this” concluded Ms Murad.

ENDS

For further information on this media release please contact:

Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Deputy Executive Director, Yazda UK

Telephone 004915735482314 Email ahmed.khudida@gmail.com

Note to Editors: In June 2016, international human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, Yazda counsel,

confirmed she will represent Yazidi women victims of sexual slavery and torture at International

Criminal Court proceedings. The Yazidi are an ethnic and religious minority with a 6,000 year old

culture, based mainly in northern parts of Syria and Iraq, with emigrant communities in Europe

and North America.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is based in Germany and is working with working international

human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney on Yazda’s campaign to persuade the International

Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes and obtain help for

the victims. Her appearance before the UN Security Council in New York on 16 December 2015 is

on this link:

http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia­murad­basee­taha­isil­victim­on­trafficking­of­persons­in-
situations­of­conflict­security­council­7585th­meeting/4665835954001

As can be seen on her Twitter account Ms Murad has held many meetings with major political

figures, spoken at conferences and given numerous interviews.

Yazda is a non­profit organisation established to support Yazidis internationally and in their

homeland in northern Irawq and northeastern Syria. Its mission is to support the Yazidi community

in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide and the displace and the displacement of over 400,00

people in Sinjar, the Nineveh Plains and Syria. In Kurdistan it runs a primary care centre, a

psychosocial treatment and trauma support centre for former captives, educational

initiatives and aid projects.

It is spearheading the campaign for the ICC to open a genocide investigation and gave it a

detailed evidence in a report in 2015. It has documented over 35 mass graves of Yazidi massacre

victims.

Yazda met Baroness Anelay, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual

Violence in Conflict and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard

Harrington M.P., then Minister of State at the Department for International Development with

responsibility for Syrian Refugees and Sir Desmond Swayne M.P. then Minister of State at the

Department for International Development.

Background: August 3rd marks the second anniversary of the capture of Sinjar city by ISIS when

launched a genocidal attack on Yazidi communities in the Mount Sinjar area of Northern

obtain therapy and counselling services in the UK, as has been done by Germany

Iraq. ISIS has justified its campaign of extermination by falsely declaring Yazidis to be ‘devil

worshippers’. If captured Yazidi men and male teenagers were immediately murdered, younger

boys sent off for indoctrination as future ISIS fighters, young women and girls kidnapped as sex

slaves while the middle aged and older women were subsequently murdered. The largest known

massacre took place in Nadia’s home village of Kocho, where nearly every male over the age of 12

was murdered, approximately over 700 murders. The victims include her mother and 6 of her

brothers.

Approximately 5000 Yazidis were massacred, 7000 abducted and 90% of the Yazidi community

displaced to refugee camps, mostly in Kurdistan. Some 3,400 remain in ISIS captivity either as sex

slaves or undergoing brainwashing as future ISIS fighters. An estimated 2576 Yazidi women and

children have escaped or been rescued from ISIS captivity, of whom 1100 have been brought to

Germany under Baden­Wurttemberg’s Special Quota Programme. Some 42 Yazidi religious sites

have been destroyed and numerous graveyards desecrated.

Ireland urged to include Yazidi victims of torture among Syrian refugee quota

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Ireland urged to include Yazidi victims of torture among Syrian refugee quota

Call comes as UN inquiry finds that genocide attempts ‘ongoing’

 

Embargoed to July 29 th , 2016

Yazda, the organisation representing members of the Yazidi community threatened with

genocide by ISIS, has called on the Irish government to include Yazidi victims of

psychological, physical and sexual torture among the quota of Syrian refugees to be

accepted into Ireland.

On June 16 th last the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria found that

‘genocide has occurred and is ongoing’ against the Yazidi community.

August 3 rd marks the second anniversary of the capture of Sinjar city by ISIS, the

slaughter of over 5,000 people and the enslavement of a further 5,000 women and girls.

Ahmed Khudida, Director of Yazda in the UK , said that “two years later, over 3,000 of

these women and girls remain trapped in sex slavery and torture. This is effectively the

emergence of feminicide through the kidnapping of Yazidi women as spoils of war, their

enslavement, torture, systematic rape and forced religious conversion.

“In addition tens of thousands of our people remain homeless or displaced and subject to

ongoing risk of continued attack. Thousands of Yazidis are refugees in the EU with over

3,000 in Greece alone.”

Mr Khudida said that the Irish government can respond proactively to the UN Report in

three ways:

 including members of the Yazidi community in its Syrian refugee quota

 granting temporary permits to escaped Yazidi victims of rape and sex slavery to

obtain therapy and counselling services in Ireland, as has been done by Germany

 raising and supporting measures at the UN to bring ISIS perpetrators of torture to the

International Criminal Court or to a Tribunal.

“Ireland could accept Yazidi victims of torture under existing government policy,

specifically through the commitment of the current Ministers for Foreign Affairs and

Justice and Equality in August 2014 that ‘Ireland will provide refuge to a number of

families fleeing the violence being perpetrated by ISIS.’

“Yazda has just completed a visit to Canada, to discuss with government officials,

Parliament and NGOs there how best to support measures for the protection of vulnerable

groups. We would welcome an opportunity to work similarly with the Irish government

and relevant organisations,” he said.

ENDS

Note to Editors: In June 2016, international human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney,

confirmed she will represent a number of Yazidi women victims of torture at International

Criminal Court proceedings. The Yazidi are an ethnic and religious minority with a 6,000

year old culture, based mainly in northern parts of Syria and Iraq, with emigrant

communities in Europe and North America. Yazda is a non-profit organization,

established to support the Yazidi internationally and in their homeland in northern Iraq

and northeastern Syria. Yazda’s mission is to support the Yazidi community in the

aftermath of the August 2014 genocide and the displacement of 400,000 people in Sinjar,

the Nineveh Plains, and Syria.

Ahmed Khudida is the United Kingdom Office Director of Yazda UK. Ahmed completed

his Masters of Science in Immunology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He

previously served as Executive Director for the Al-Smoqi Charity, a local Yazidi

organization which supported the community for over four years.

For further information on this media release please contact:

John Gallagher

John Gallagher Consulting

Tel. 087 9369888

Yazda Press Release: Yazidis urge International Community to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court

Yazda Press Release: Tuesday 2 August 2016

For immediate release

Yazidis urge International Community to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court

Call comes as UN inquiry finds that genocide attempts ‘ongoing

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23 year old Iraqi Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, today supported the call by Yazda, which represents the Yazidi community, on the Security Council to request the United Nations Security Council to refer ongoing genocide attempts by ISIS against Yazidis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was made in view of the second anniversary of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq on 3 August 2014.

Ms Murad, who spoke to the United Nations Security Council on 16 December 2015, is working jointly with Yazda and with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes.

The call follows a finding by the report on 16 June 2015 of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, ‘They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis’, that “genocide has occurred and is ongoing” against the Yazidi community. Yazidi women and girls have been particular targets of psychological, physical and sexual torture by ISIS.

Ms Murad said “Permanent members of UN Security Council and other members of ICC, has both a right and an obligation to seek an open, international investigation of ISIS atrocities and crimes, so that the Yazidi case gets legal recognition”

Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director said “The international community has a moral responsibility to respond the Yazidi Genocide, Yazidis – a small religious minority – are facing today an extermination, this Genocide has raptured the social fabric of the Yazidi community and we are deeply concerned about the future of our people”

Mr. Ismael added “Our community is unable to hinder the impact of this Genocide, we have thousands of people, mostly women and girls, who remain in captivity. More than a thousand child have been recruited by IS and more than 30 percent of Yazidi homeland remain under IS while liberated areas remain inhabitable due to insecurity and destruction”

Haider Elias, Yazda President said in a statement “Yazda will remain committed to pursue its mission until all rights of the Yazidi community are established, and these rights include; bringing justice to Yazidi victims, liberation of the remaining captive women and children, establishment of internationally-adopted measures that will ensure Yazidis will not be victims of radical group in the future in their homeland so that Yazidis can live in peace, if  such measure are not attainable, Yazda will seek different solutions, including seeking a new homeland for Yazidis and advocating for mass immigration”

“Two years later, some 3,400 women and girls remain trapped in sex slavery and torture. This is effectively the emergence of feminicide through the kidnapping of Yazidi women as spoils of war, their enslavement, torture, systematic rape and forced religious conversion as was documented on 3 August last year by Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, when she reported

First-hand accounts from internally displaced persons and refugees, some of whom I met during my visit to the Middle East in April, confirm systematic sexual violence, particularly against Yazidi women and children aged between eight and 35 years.”

“In addition hundreds of thousands of our people remain homeless, displaced and subject to ongoing risk of attack.” said Ms Murad.

In addition to raising the issue at the ICC, Yazda and Ms Murad called on the International community to assist further by:

  • Granting special status to Yazidi refugees as victims of continuing genocidal attacks
  • Granting temporary permits to escaped Yazidi victims of rape and sex slavery to obtain therapy and counselling services in the U.S., as has been done by Germany
  • Providing humanitarian assistance to more than 400,000 displaced Yazidis

“We have just completed a visit to Canada to discuss with government officials, Parliament and NGOs there how best to support measures for the protection of these vulnerable groups. We would welcome an opportunity to work more closely with the world governments on this.” concluded Ms Murad.

Notes: modified August 3rd 2016

ENDS

For further information on this media release please contact:

Murad Ismael, Executive Director, Yazda

Telephone (832) 638-4348

Email: murad.ismael@yazda.org

Website: www.yazda.org

Note to Editors:  In June 2016, international human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, Yazda counsel, confirmed she will represent Yazidi women victims of sexual slavery and torture at International Criminal Court proceedings. The Yazidi are an ethnic and religious minority with a 6,000 year old culture, based mainly in northern parts of Iraq and Syria, with emigrant communities in Europe and North America.

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is based in Germany and is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney   on Yazda’s campaign to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes and obtain help for the victims. Her appearance before the UN Security Council in New York on 16 December 2015 is on this link: http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-perHYPERLINK “http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001″sons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-HYPERLINK “http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001″7585HYPERLINK “http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001″thHYPERLINK “http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001”-meeting/HYPERLINK “http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001″4665835954001

 

As can be seen on her Twitter and Facebook accounts Ms Murad has held many meetings with major political figures, spoken at conferences and given numerous interviews.

Twitter: @NadiaMuradBasee

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/NadiaMuradBasee/

 

Yazda is a US non-profit organisation established to support Yazidis internationally and in their homeland in northern Iraq and north eastern Syria. Its mission is to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide and the displacement of over 400,000 people from Sinjar, the Nineveh Plains and Syria. In Kurdistan, Iraq it runs a primary care centre, a psychosocial treatment and trauma support centre for former captives, educational initiatives and aid projects. It is spearheading the campaign for the ICC to open a genocide investigation and gave it detailed evidence in a report in 2015. It has documented over 35 mass graves of Yazidi massacre victims.

 

Yazda met Secretary of State John Kerry, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power and the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

 

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/yazda.organization/

Twitter: @yazdaOrg

Website: www.yazda.org

 

Background: August 3rd marks the second anniversary of the capture of Sinjar city by ISIS when it launched a genocidal attack on Yazidi communities in the Mount Sinjar area of northern Iraq. ISIS has justified its campaign of extermination by falsely declaring Yazidis to be ‘devil worshippers’. When captured Yazidi men and male teenagers were immediately murdered, younger boys sent off for indoctrination as future ISIS fighters, young women and girls kidnapped as sex slaves while the middle aged and older women were subsequently murdered. The largest known massacre took place in Nadia Murad’s home village of Kocho, where nearly every male over the age of 12 was murdered, approximately over 700 murders. The victims include her mother and 6 of her brothers. US airstrikes in August 2014 saved thousands of Yazidis encircled on Mount Sinjar by stopping the advance of ISIS fighters.

Approximately 5000 Yazidis were massacred, 7000 abducted and 90% of the Yazidi community displaced to refugee camps, mostly in Kurdistan, Iraq. Some 3,400 remain in ISIS captivity either as sex slaves or undergoing brainwashing as future ISIS fighters. An estimated 2576 Yazidi women and children have escaped or been rescued from ISIS captivity, of whom 1100 have been brought to Germany under Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota Program. Some 42 Yazidi religious sites have been destroyed and numerous graveyards desecrated.

 

Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Mardi 2 août 2016

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Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Mardi 2 août 2016

Il y a deux ans, jour pour jour, Daesh attaquait Sinjar :
La communauté Yazidie appelle la France à saisir la Cour Pénale Internationale
du cas du génocide des Yazidis

 

Appel faisant suite à l’enquête menée par l’ONU établissant qu’une tentative de génocide « est en cours »

 

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, une jeune femme irakienne Yazidie de 23 ans ayant réussi à s’échapper de la captivité de l’Etat Islamique et aujourd’hui nommée pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix, joint sa voix à l’appel de Yazda, représentant la communauté Yazidie, pour appeler le gouvernement français à demander au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies de référer la tentative de génocide commise actuellement par l’Etat Islamique à la Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI). Cet appel intervient à la veille du deuxième anniversaire de l’attaque génocidaire commise par l’Etat Islamique à l’encontre de la communauté Yazidie d’Irak le 3 août 2014.

 

 

Nadia Murad, qui s’est adressée au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies le 16 décembre 2015, travaille en collaboration avec Yazda et Amal Clooney afin d’enjoindre la Cour Pénale Internationale à ouvrir une enquête pour génocide au regard des crimes commis par l’Etat Islamique.

 

Cet appel fait suite aux conclusions du rapport de la Commission d’enquête des Nations Unies sur la Syrie du 16 juin 2016, « Ils sont venus détruire : les crimes de Daech contre les Yazidis », qui établit que le «génocide a eu lieu et se poursuit » contre la communauté Yazidi.

 

Nadia Murad explique que « la France, en tant que membre permanent du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies et signataire du Statut de Rome, a à la fois le droit et le devoir de demander l’ouverture d’une enquête internationale sur les crimes et atrocités commis par l’Etat Islamique, afin que le cas de la communauté Yazidi soit reconnu légalement ».

 

Les femmes Yazidies sont kidnappées, considérées comme trophées de guerre, avant d’être réduites en esclavage, torturées, violées de façon systématique et converties de force, comme l’a expliqué le 3 août dernier Zainab Hawa Bangura, représentante spéciale des Nations unies dans le cadre de la campagne contre la violence sexuelle en période de conflit, lorsqu’elle reportait que les témoignages des personnes déplacées et des réfugiés, dont certains qu’elle avait rencontrés au cours de sa visite au Moyen-Orient, confirmaient les violences sexuelles systématiques commises en particulier à l’encontre des femmes et fillettes Yazidies entre 8 et 35 ans.

 

Deux ans après l’attaque, 3 400 femmes et fillettes restent captives en esclavage sexuel et torturées.

 

« De plus, des centaines de milliers de membres de notre people demeurent sans abris, déplacés et cibles d’attaques. Des milliers de Yazidis sont réfugiés au sein de l’Union Européenne, dont plus de 3 300 en Grèce » explique Nadia Murad.

 

En plus de signaler le cas à la CPI, Yazda et Nadia Murad ont appelé le Gouvernement Français à apporter son soutien en :

·        Accordant un statut spécial aux réfugiés Yazidies tenant compte de leur statut de victimes d’attaques génocidaires perpétuelles ;

·   Accordant aux Yazidies victimes de viols et d’esclavage sexuel une autorisation temporaire d’accès à un suivi et un soutien thérapeutiques comme cela a été fait en Allemagne ;

·         Apportant un soutien technique à l’envoi d’une équipe d’investigation médico-légale sur les 35 charniers localisés par l’association Yazda

·         Fournissant une assistance humanitaire aux plus de 400 000 Yazidies déplacés.

 

 

« Nous venons d’effectuer une visite au Canada afin d’envisager avec des membres du Gouvernement, le Parlement et des ONG, des mesures visant à protéger ces groupes vulnérables. Nous serions heureux de collaborer plus étroitement avec le Gouvernement français sur ce sujet. »

 

«Enfin, j’aimerais adresser mes sincères condoléances aux familles et aux victimes des récentes attaques de Nice et Rouen », conclut Nadia Murad.

 

FIN

 

Pour plus d’informations sur ce communiqué, merci de contacter:

Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Directeur exécutif adjoint, Yazda

Par téléphone +49 15735482314

Par email: ahmed.khudida@yazda.org

www.yazda.org

 

Note aux éditeurs: En juin 2016, la spécialiste des Droits de l’Homme, Amal Clooney, représentante de Yazda, a confirmé qu’elle représenterait les femmes victimes d’esclavage sexuel et de torture devant la Cour Pénale Internationale. Les Yazidis sont une minorité ethnique et religieuse vieille de 6 000 ans, établie principalement au nord de l’Irak et de la Syrie, et comptant des membres ayant émigré en Europe et en Amérique du Nord.

 

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha vit en Allemagne et travaille avec Amal Clooney, avocate spécialiste des Droits de l’Homme, sur la campagne menée par Yazda pour enjoindre la Cour Pénale Internationale à ouvrir une enquête sur les crimes commis par l’Etat Islamique et obtenir une aide pour les victimes. Son discours du 16 décembre 2015 devant le Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies est accessible en suivant ce lien :http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001

 

Les nombreuses rencontres de Nadia Murad avec les figures politiques, ses participations aux conférences, et ses interviews sont publiées sur Twitter et Facebook :

Twitter: @NadiaMuradBasee  

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/NadiaMuradBasee/  

 

Yazda est une organisation sans but lucratif établie aux Etats-Unis afin de soutenir les Yazidis mondialement ainsi que dans leur région d’origine au nord de l’Irak et de la Syrie. Sa mission consiste à soutenir les Yazidis suite à l’attaque génocidaire d’août 2014 et au déplacement de plus de 400 000 personnes du Sinjar, de la plaine de Ninive et de Syrie. Au Kurdistan Irakien., l’organisation gère un centre de soins, un centre de traitement psychologique et d’accompagnement et de suivi du traumatisme pour les femmes rescapées, ainsi que des initiatives éducatives. Elle mène la campagne réclamant l’ouverture par la CPI d’une enquête sur le génocide et a fourni à cette fin des preuves détaillées dans un rapport de 2015. Elle a ainsi mis en évidence 35 fosses communes de Yazidis victimes de massacres.

 

Yazda a rencontré Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Ministre de l’Education, Laurence Rossignol, Ministre des Familles, de l’Enfance et des Droits des femmes, Gérard Larcher, Président du Sénat, David Cvach, conseiller diplomatique du président François Hollande, des membres du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et de nombreux parlementaires à l’invitation de Catherine Coutelle et Chantal Jouanno.

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/yazda.organization/

Twitter: @yazda.organization

Website: www.yazda.org  

 

 

 

Contexte: Le 3 août marque le deuxième anniversaire de la capture de Sinjar city par l’Etat Islamique, alors qu’il lançait son attaque génocidaire à l’encontre de la communauté Yazidie dans la région du Mont Sinjar au nord de l’Irak. L’Etat Islamique a justifié sa campagne d’extermination en alléguant que les Yazidis sont des « adorateurs du diable ». Les hommes et garçons capturés ont été immédiatement tués, les garçons les plus jeunes emmenés aux fins d’être endoctrinés et devenir des combattants, les jeunes femmes et fillettes captivées et faites esclaves sexuelles, et les femmes plus âgées, tuées. Le massacre le plus important aujourd’hui connu a eu lieu dans le village de Nadia Murad, Kocho, où presque tous les garçons de plus de 12 ans ont été tués, soit plus de 700 personnes.  Les victimes comptent parmi elles, les six frères de Nadia Murad et sa mère.

Environ 5 000 Yazidis ont été massacrés, 7 000 enlevés, et 90% de la communauté Yazidie a été déplacée vers des camps de réfugiés, la plupart au Kurdistan Irakien. Environ 3 400 femmes et fillettes  restent captives de l’Etat Islamique en tant qu’esclaves sexuelles et 1 200 garçons de 11 à 17 ans sont endoctrinés afin de devenir des combattants. 2 576 femmes et enfants Yazidis ont réussi à s’échapper ou ont été secourus, dont 1 100 ont été accueillis en Allemagne au sein du Programme Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota. 42 sites religieux Yazidis ont été détruits et de nombreux cimetières profanés.

Yazidis request Russian Federation to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court

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Yazda Press Release: Tuesday 2 August 2016
Yazidis request Russian Federation to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court

 

Call comes as UN inquiry finds that genocide attempts ‘ongoing’

 

 Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23 year old Iraqi Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, today supported the request by Yazda, which represents the Yazidi community, to the government of the Russian Federation to request the United Nations Security Council to refer ongoing genocide attempts by ISIS against Yazidis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This request was made in view of the second anniversary of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq on 3 August 2014.

 

Ms Murad, who spoke to the United Nations Security Council on 16 December 2015, is working jointly with Yazda and with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes.

 

The request follows a finding by the report on 16 June 2015 of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, ‘They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis’, that “genocide has occurred and is ongoing” against the Yazidi community. Yazidi women and girls have been particular targets of psychological, physical and sexual torture by ISIS.

 

Ms Murad said “Russia, as a permanent member of UN Security Council and as a member of ICC, has the right to seek an open, international investigation of ISIS atrocities and crimes, so that the Yazidi case gets legal recognition.

 

“Two years later, some 3,400 women and girls remain trapped in sex slavery and torture. This is effectively the emergence of feminicide through the kidnapping of Yazidi women as spoils of war, their enslavement, torture, systematic rape and forced religious conversion as was documented on 3 August last year by Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, when she reported

 

First-hand accounts from internally displaced persons and refugees, some of whom I met during my visit to the Middle East in April, confirm systematic sexual violence, particularly against Yazidi women and children aged between eight and 35 years.”

 

“In addition hundreds of thousands of our people remain homeless, displaced and subject to ongoing risk of attack.” said Ms Murad.

 

“We hope to visit Moscow shortly to discuss this difficult situation with the government of the Russian Federation.” concluded Ms Murad.

 

ENDS

 

For further information on this media release please contact:

Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Deputy Executive Director, Yazda

Telephone 004915735482314

Email: ahmed.khudida@yazda.org

Website: www.yazda.org

 

Note to Editors:  In June 2016, international human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, Yazda counsel, confirmed she will represent Yazidi women victims of sexual slavery and torture at International Criminal Court proceedings.

 

The Yazidi are an ethnic and religious minority with a 6,000 year old culture, based mainly in northern parts of Iraq and Syria, with emigrant communities elsewhere including the Russian Federation. Famous Russian citizens of Yazidi heritage include the famous singer Zara (Zarifa Pashaevna Mgoyan), World Champion (2011, 2013) amateur flyweight boxer Mikhail Surenovich “Misha” Aloyan, Red Army Hero of the Soviet Union during the Patriotic War Samand Aliyevich Siabandov and television presenter and actress Kseniya Kimovna Borodina.

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is based in Germany and is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney   on Yazda’s campaign to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes and obtain help for the victims. Her appearance before the UN Security Council in New York on 16 December 2015 is on this link:
http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001 

 

Ms Murad was interviewed by Novaya Gazeta (11 January 2016) https://issuu.com/novayagazeta/docs/novgaz-pdf__2016-001n?e=3174214/32648253  

On 8 June 2016 she met with Mr Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV). As can be seen on her Twitter and Facebook accounts Ms Murad has held many meetings with major political figures, spoken at conferences and given numerous interviews.

Twitter: @NadiaMuradBasee  

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/NadiaMuradBasee/

 

Yazda is a non-profit organisation established to support Yazidis internationally and in their homeland in northern Iraq and north eastern Syria. Its mission is to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide and the displacement of over 400,000 people from Sinjar, the Nineveh Plains and Syria. In Kurdistan, Iraq it runs a primary care centre, a psychosocial treatment and trauma support centre for former captives, educational initiatives and aid projects. It is spearheading the campaign for the ICC to open a genocide investigation and gave it detailed evidence in a report in 2015. It has documented over 35 mass graves of Yazidi massacre victims.

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/yazda.organization/

Twitter: @yazda.organization

Website: www.yazda.org

 

Background: August 3rd marks the second anniversary of the capture of Sinjar city by ISIS when it launched a genocidal attack on Yazidi communities in the Mount Sinjar area of northern Iraq. ISIS has justified its campaign of extermination by falsely declaring Yazidis to be ‘devil worshippers’. When captured Yazidi men and male teenagers were immediately murdered, younger boys sent off for indoctrination as future ISIS fighters, young women and girls kidnapped as sex slaves while the middle aged and older women were subsequently murdered. The largest known massacre took place in Nadia Murad’s home village of Kocho, where nearly every male over the age of 12 was murdered, approximately over 700 murders. The victims include her mother and 6 of her brothers.

Approximately 5000 Yazidis were massacred, 7000 abducted and 90% of the Yazidi community displaced to refugee camps, mostly in Kurdistan, Iraq. Some 3,400 remain in ISIS captivity either as sex slaves or undergoing brainwashing as future ISIS fighters. An estimated 2576 Yazidi women and children have escaped or been rescued from ISIS captivity, of whom 1100 have been brought to Germany under Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota Programme. Some 42 Yazidi religious sites have been destroyed and numerous graveyards desecrated.

 

Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Il y a deux ans, jour pour jour, Daesh attaquait Sinjar : La communauté Yazidie appelle la France à saisir la Cour Pénale Internationale du cas du génocide des Yazidis

Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Mardi 2 août 2016

Pour diffusion immédiate

Il y a deux ans, jour pour jour, Daesh attaquait Sinjar :
La communauté Yazidie appelle la France à saisir la Cour Pénale Internationale
du cas du génocide des Yazidis

Appel faisant suite à l’enquête menée par l’ONU établissant qu’une tentative de génocide « est en cours »

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, une jeune femme irakienne Yazidie de 23 ans ayant réussi à s’échapper de la captivité de l’Etat Islamique et aujourd’hui nommée pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix, joint sa voix à l’appel de Yazda, représentant la communauté Yazidie, pour appeler le gouvernement français à demander au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies de référer la tentative de génocide commise actuellement par l’Etat Islamique à la Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI). Cet appel intervient à la veille du deuxième anniversaire de l’attaque génocidaire commise par l’Etat Islamique à l’encontre de la communauté Yazidie d’Irak le 3 août 2014.

Nadia Murad, qui s’est adressée au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies le 16 décembre 2015, travaille en collaboration avec Yazda et Amal Clooney afin d’enjoindre la Cour Pénale Internationale à ouvrir une enquête pour génocide au regard des crimes commis par l’Etat Islamique.

 

Cet appel fait suite aux conclusions du rapport de la Commission d’enquête des Nations Unies sur la Syrie du 16 juin 2016, « Ils sont venus détruire : les crimes de Daech contre les Yazidis », qui établit que le «génocide a eu lieu et se poursuit » contre la communauté Yazidi.

Nadia Murad explique que « la France, en tant que membre permanent du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies et signataire du Statut de Rome, a à la fois le droit et le devoir de demander l’ouverture d’une enquête internationale sur les crimes et atrocités commis par l’Etat Islamique, afin que le cas de la communauté Yazidi soit reconnu légalement ».

Les femmes Yazidies sont kidnappées, considérées comme trophées de guerre, avant d’être réduites en esclavage, torturées, violées de façon systématique et converties de force, comme l’a expliqué le 3 août dernier Zainab Hawa Bangura, représentante spéciale des Nations unies dans le cadre de la campagne contre la violence sexuelle en période de conflit, lorsqu’elle reportait que les témoignages des personnes déplacées et des réfugiés, dont certains qu’elle avait rencontrés au cours de sa visite au Moyen-Orient, confirmaient les violences sexuelles systématiques commises en particulier à l’encontre des femmes et fillettes Yazidies entre 8 et 35 ans.

Deux ans après l’attaque, 3 400 femmes et fillettes restent captives en esclavage sexuel et tortures.

« De plus, des centaines de milliers de membres de notre people demeurent sans abris, déplacés et cibles d’attaques. Des milliers de Yazidis sont réfugiés au sein de l’Union Européenne, dont plus de 3 300 en Grèce » explique Nadia Murad.

 

En plus de signaler le cas à la CPI, Yazda et Nadia Murad ont appelé le Gouvernement Français à apporter son soutien en :

·        Accordant un statut spécial aux réfugiés Yazidies tenant compte de leur statut de victimes d’attaques génocidaires perpétuelles ;

·   Accordant aux Yazidies victimes de viols et d’esclavage sexuel une autorisation temporaire d’accès à un suivi et un soutien thérapeutiques comme cela a été fait en Allemagne ;

·         Apportant un soutien technique à l’envoi d’une équipe d’investigation médico-légale sur les 35 charniers localisés par l’association Yazda

·         Fournissant une assistance humanitaire aux plus de 400 000 Yazidies déplacés.

 

« Nous venons d’effectuer une visite au Canada afin d’envisager avec des membres du Gouvernement, le Parlement et des ONG, des mesures visant à protéger ces groupes vulnérables. Nous serions heureux de collaborer plus étroitement avec le Gouvernement français sur ce sujet. »

«Enfin, j’aimerais adresser mes sincères condoléances aux familles et aux victimes des récentes attaques de Nice et Rouen », conclut Nadia Murad.

 

FIN

Pour plus d’informations sur ce communiqué, merci de contacter:

Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Directeur exécutif adjoint, Yazda

Par téléphone +49 15735482314

Par email: info@yazda.org

www.yazda.org

 

Note aux éditeurs: En juin 2016, la spécialiste des Droits de l’Homme, Amal Clooney, représentante de Yazda, a confirmé qu’elle représenterait les femmes victimes d’esclavage sexuel et de torture devant la Cour Pénale Internationale. Les Yazidis sont une minorité ethnique et religieuse vieille de 6 000 ans, établie principalement au nord de l’Irak et de la Syrie, et comptant des membres ayant émigré en Europe et en Amérique du Nord.

 

Nadia Murad Basee Taha vit en Allemagne et travaille avec Amal Clooney, avocate spécialiste des Droits de l’Homme, sur la campagne menée par Yazda pour enjoindre la Cour Pénale Internationale à ouvrir une enquête sur les crimes commis par l’Etat Islamique et obtenir une aide pour les victimes. Son discours du 16 décembre 2015 devant le Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies est accessible en suivant ce lien :http://webtv.un.org/watch/nadia-murad-basee-taha-isil-victim-on-trafficking-of-persons-in-situations-of-conflict-security-council-7585th-meeting/4665835954001

Les nombreuses rencontres de Nadia Murad avec les figures politiques, ses participations aux conférences, et ses interviews sont publiées sur Twitter et Facebook :

Twitter: @NadiaMuradBasee  

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/NadiaMuradBasee/  

Yazda est une organisation sans but lucratif établie aux Etats-Unis afin de soutenir les Yazidis mondialement ainsi que dans leur région d’origine au nord de l’Irak et de la Syrie. Sa mission consiste à soutenir les Yazidis suite à l’attaque génocidaire d’août 2014 et au déplacement de plus de 400 000 personnes du Sinjar, de la plaine de Ninive et de Syrie. Au Kurdistan Irakien., l’organisation gère un centre de soins, un centre de traitement psychologique et d’accompagnement et de suivi du traumatisme pour les femmes rescapées, ainsi que des initiatives éducatives. Elle mène la campagne réclamant l’ouverture par la CPI d’une enquête sur le génocide et a fourni à cette fin des preuves détaillées dans un rapport de 2015. Elle a ainsi mis en évidence 35 fosses communes de Yazidis victimes de massacres.

Yazda a rencontré Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Ministre de l’Education, Laurence Rossignol, Ministre des Familles, de l’Enfance et des Droits des femmes, Gérard Larcher, Président du Sénat, David Cvach, conseiller diplomatique du président François Hollande, des membres du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et de nombreux parlementaires à l’invitation de Catherine Coutelle et Chantal Jouanno.

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/yazda.organization/

Twitter: @yazdaOrg

Website: www.yazda.org  

 

 

Contexte: Le 3 août marque le deuxième anniversaire de la capture de Sinjar city par l’Etat Islamique, alors qu’il lançait son attaque génocidaire à l’encontre de la communauté Yazidie dans la région du Mont Sinjar au nord de l’Irak. L’Etat Islamique a justifié sa campagne d’extermination en alléguant que les Yazidis sont des « adorateurs du diable ». Les hommes et garçons capturés ont été immédiatement tués, les garçons les plus jeunes emmenés aux fins d’être endoctrinés et devenir des combattants, les jeunes femmes et fillettes captivées et faites esclaves sexuelles, et les femmes plus âgées, tuées. Le massacre le plus important aujourd’hui connu a eu lieu dans le village de Nadia Murad, Kocho, où presque tous les garçons de plus de 12 ans ont été tués, soit plus de 700 personnes.  Les victimes comptent parmi elles, les six frères de Nadia Murad et sa mère.

Environ 5 000 Yazidis ont été massacrés, 7 000 enlevés, et 90% de la communauté Yazidie a été déplacée vers des camps de réfugiés, la plupart au Kurdistan Irakien. Environ 3 400 femmes et fillettes  restent captives de l’Etat Islamique en tant qu’esclaves sexuelles et 1 200 garçons de 11 à 17 ans sont endoctrinés afin de devenir des combattants. 2 576 femmes et enfants Yazidis ont réussi à s’échapper ou ont été secourus, dont 1 100 ont été accueillis en Allemagne au sein du Programme Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota. 42 sites religieux Yazidis ont été détruits et de nombreux cimetières profanes.

Press Release: Nadia Murad and Yazda are Meeting Mr. Krestchman the Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg’s Tomorrow

Former ISIS Yazidi captive to thank Prime Minister Kretschmann for Baden-Wurttemberg’s help, calls for other countries to help former captives too.



– Female former ISIS captives responding positively to treatment in Baden-Wurttemberg
– Genocide investigation by International Criminal Court sought

Nadia Murad BaseeTaha, a 22 year old Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will meet Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg in Stuttgart on Thursday 28 July 2016 to thank the people of Baden-Wurttemberg for their help to female former ISIS captives and will call on other counties to help too.

Ms Murad, who spoke at the United Nations Security Councilin December 2015, is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes. She will be accompanied by Mr Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Deputy Executive Director of Yazda, the international Yazidi NGO that works to support the rights of the Yazidi people.

“I want to thank the people of Baden-Wurttemberg for bringing 1100 Yazidi women and girls including their family members here for treatment under Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota Programme after their horrific ordeal as ISIS sex slaves” said Ms Murad. “Also on behalf of all Yazidis I want to thank Mr Kretschmann and his ministers for providing the political leadership to set up this Programme. He was the first political leader in the world to help these women. I was one of the women to benefit from this Programme after the hell of ISIS captivity in Iraq.

“The compassionate and practical help given in Baden-Wurttemberg by the personnel headed by Dr Michael Blume and Dr Jan Kizilhan is helping to rebuild shattered lives. Many former captives are making tremendous progress. Our small community is eternally grateful to Baden-Wurttemberg and to Niedersachsen, which is also helping.

Baden-Wurttemberg has done more than its fair share and provides a wonderful example to other countries. I spoke about the Special Quota Programme to members of the Canadian, British, French and European parliaments and at the United Nations Security Council when I asked other countries help. 

“Approximately 1,700 traumatised Yazidi former captives who suffered sexual violence at the hands of ISIS now live in very poor circumstances in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The necessary medical and psychological support services are not available in Kurdistan or

elsewhere in Iraq. Unfortunately there are many cases of suicide and attempted suicide among these former captives. If some of the 3,200 Yazidi women and children still in captivity manage to escape or are liberated they will also need treatment.

“As we approach the second anniversary of the start of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq on 3 August 2014 I call on other countries to take some of the former captives still in Iraq for treatment like Baden-Wurttemberg has done.

“Finally I would like express my sympathies to the victims and their families of the evil and senseless attacks in Munich, Wurzburg and Ansbach” concluded Ms Murad.

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Contact: Ahmed KhudidaBurjus Deputy Executive Director, Yazda

Telephone 004915735482314 Email ahmed.khudida@gmail.com

Nadia Murad and Yazda Executive Director to visit Ottawa and testify before House of Commons

For immediate release, July 17, 2016

Nadia Murad, a survivor of enslavement and human trafficking carried out by the so-called “Islamic State” (or “ISIS”), and a human rights activist, and Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director, will visit Ottawa from July 18th-26th. The purpose of the visit is to highlight the situation of the Yazidi people under the ongoing Genocide, threats of terrorism on the civilized world, and immigration for refugees and persecuted people.

 

Nadia Murad and Murad Ismael will testify before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on the 19th of July at 10:00am. Ms. Murad will provide her account to facilitate decision-making processes associated with the Immigration Measures for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups. Ms. Murad will also meet with other officials within Canadian government and the Parliament.  Mr. Ismael will speak on challenges facing the future of the Yazidi people after the genocide and needs of Yazidi people and refugees.

Full Press Release Nadia Murad and Yazda ED to visit Canada

Amal Clooney and Yazda-Deputy Executive Director Meet with UK Government

Amal with Ahmed-Yazda
Ahmed Burjus, U.K. director of Yazda, with Amal Clooney outside the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at 10 Downing Street in London.

 

Barrister Amal Clooney and Ahmed Khudida Burjus, deputy executive director of Yazda, have met with senior advisors to British Prime Minister David Cameron and representatives of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at 10 Downing Street. During the meeting, they discussed efforts to secure accountability for crimes committed by IS against the Yazidi community.

More in this link: Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and Yazda http :// www.yazda.org/amal-clooney-to-represent-isis-survivor-nadia-murad-and-yazda/

Press Release: Yazda welcomes the report by the United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry on Syria and calls for immediate action

June 17, 2016 — Yazda welcomes the report issued today by the United Nations Commission on Inquiry on Syria, which supports the genocide ISIS is committing against the Yazidi people. The report, determined through a myriad of interviews and extensive documentary material, emphasizes that ISIS’s abuse of Yazidis amounts to Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Yazda, an organization that advocates for the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, has played a significant role in documenting the genocide by providing the Commission access to data including victim testimonials and statistics on mass graves. Still, this is not enough. The Yazidi Genocide has not been properly documented, and we urge the international community to immediately investigate further in a formal legal context.

There must be no impunity for crimes of this nature. Yazidis have been suffering and continue to suffer from an ongoing genocide. The international community must acknowledge and stand by its obligation to prevent genocide and punish perpetrators under the Genocide Convention. The freedom and safety of the remaining 3,200 Yazidi people must be ensured, as well as the funding of care for victims of this genocide.

Yazda joins the UN in its repeatedly call for the Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court for a formal investigation to prosecute the countless of violations of international law committed during the non-international armed conflict.

Full Press Release in English

Full Press Release in Arabic

 

– See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20113&LangID=E#sthash.KNAcbaST.dpuf

The full report, “They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis”, can be found on the Human Rights Council web page dedicated to the commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommissio

Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and Yazda

Press release, Yazda, June 9, 2016

Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specializing in international law and human rights law, has confirmed she will represent Yazidi ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and other victims of the Yazidi genocide. Amal Clooney will serve as their counsel in their efforts to secure accountability for the genocide, sexual enslavement and trafficking of Yazidi girls and women by the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Efforts to achieve accountability will include seeking an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation and prosecution of the crimes committed against Nadia Murad and the Yazidi community.

Nadia Murad is a 21-year-old victim of IS’ crimes in Iraqand one of the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted and enslaved by IS. She was brutally raped by more than 12 IS members over a period of three months. After her escape, Nadia spoke out about her experiences to draw attention to the ongoing genocide.

Amal Clooney also represents Yazda, a non-profit organization established to serve the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 IS attacks that began the genocide. The attacks resulted in the death of an estimated 5,000 civilians, the enslavement of at least 2,000 women and girls, and the displacement of 400,000 people from the Yazidi homelands in Sinjar, the Nineveh plain, and Syria.

When asked why she decided to take on this case, Amal Clooney stated that: “The European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the US government and the UK House of Commons have all recognized that there is a genocide being perpetrated by IS against the Yazidis in Iraq. How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague? We know that thousandsof Yazidi civilians have been killed and that thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by a terrorist organization, IS, that has publicly proclaimed its genocidal intent. We know that systematic rapes havetaken place, and that they are still taking place. And yet no one is being held to account. It is time that we see IS commanders in the dock in The Hague, and I am honoured to have been asked to represent Nadia and the Yazidi community in their quest for legal accountability”.

 

For More Information Please Contact:

Abid Shamden

Yazda

Telephone: 402.326.6005

Email abidshamdeen@gmail.com

 

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown

Uncommon Union

Telephone: 917.754.8266

Email: elizabeth@uncommonunion.com

Yazda Educational Program to facilitate acceptance of 10 new students in an Italian University

Yazda Educational Program to accept 10 new students.

According to a preliminary agreement between Yazda and an Italian university, 10 of the Yezidi students will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate studies (MS and PhD) within the different scientific disciplines and in the school year for Fall 2016.  The students must fill out the attached form and email it the e- mail address mentioned in the form. The study will be free and it will be in the Italian language.

Required documents:

1-      Passport

2-      The applicant must have the graduation certificate in Kurdish language for students from Kurdistan Region and Arabic language for students from the Iraqi schools and universities, or the certificate can be only in English language.

The qualifications for the senior high school graduates:

1-      The average grade of the student must be 85 and up.

2-      The applicant must present skills in the English language (speaking, reading and writing)

3-      The applicant must be from the new graduates or have been graduated the last three years.

4-       Applicate age must not exceed 23.

The qualifications of the college graduates:

1-      Average grade must be A

2-      The applicant must present skills in the English language (speaking, reading and writing)

3-      The applicant must be from the new graduates or have been graduated the last two years.

4-      Applicate age must not exceed 27.

Required documents:

1-      Yazda form completed.. download form here

2-      Copy of the high school certificate or bachelor certificate (original or translated)

3-      Copy of the certificate that shows the applicant’s mastering the computer and the English language skills.

Available  Fields in the Italian University**

  1. Biotechnology and Biosciences 2. Computer Sciences, Systems and Communications 3. Earth and Environmental Sciences 4. Materials Science 5. Mathematics and Its Applications 6. Physics 7. Economics and Statistical Sciences 8. Law 9. Medicine and Surgery 11. Psychology 12. Educational Sciences 13. Sociology