Wednesday, December 12, 2018, London. Yazda UK co-organized an important event at the United Kingdom Parliament in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Yazidis (AAPG Yazidis). The goal of the event was to celebrate the creation of the AAPG Yazidis, Nadia Murad’s 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Roji Ezi celebration (a cultural-religious annual ceremony for the Yazidi People).
The AAPG Yazidis will be yet another platform for the Yazidis to raise their voices. It will also provide a platform for the UK members of parliament and the UK society to engage further in supporting Yazidis and other religious minorities persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and the Middle East.
We express our gratitude to MP Brendan O’Hara for initiating this project and leading it. We further express our sincere thanks to all members of parliament who joined the group.
We would also like to thank our participants and speakers for their important and powerful speeches and contributions: Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury & Minister for productivity, economic growth and infrastructure, Karim Khan, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to promote accountability for ISIL/Daesh crimes pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2379, the Yazidi survivor and activist Fareeda Abbas, the Yazidi community in the UK, the Yazidi musical band of Melek from Germany, and our supporters and volunteers.
We would further like to thank Mr. Salih Husain Ali, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United Kingdom, Karwan Tahir, the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, and Yousif Al-Khoei, Director of the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies & Director of Public Affairs at the Al-Khoei Foundation.