Documentation Project

To avoid both the loss of Yazidi heritage and the risk of non-accountability of ISIS fighters, Yazda is documenting every piece of evidence linked to the Genocide. Since October 2015, Yazda’s Documentation Project collects, stores and preserves evidence and information on the crimes committed against the Yazidis from August 2014 by ISIS. 

The Project’s aims are three-folded:  

  • Contribute to the preservation of the Yazidi culture by recording testimonies from witnesses and survivors to provide a comprehensive overview of the Yazidi historical and cultural heritage, and by publishing academic articles in a dedicated review.

  • Gather evidence to facilitate legal accountability by interviewing survivors and witnesses and documenting mass graves and killing sites. We also inform survivors about the legal remedies available under Iraqi and Kurdish law and put them in touch with local lawyers.

  • Advocate on behalf of the Yazidi community for transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction strategies and campaign to diffuse the Yazidi culture especially to the diaspora.


  • Lack of appropriate, internationally standardized, and protective-to-victims legal and cultural documentation efforts

  • Lack of an effective local or international accountability mechanism

  • Lack of coordination between the documentation players - national, international, and civil society 

  • Lack of expertise in legal case filing and advocacy work

  • Poor archiving of current documentation programs within Yazda and other organizations 


Our Partners

Project Manager:

Natia Navrouzov

Double degree in German Law and French Law, Masters in International Law, Admitted to the Parisian Bar