We, Leaders from the Yazidi community in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and in diaspora, condemn, in the strongest words, the attack by Turkish forces and its allied Syrian radical factions, on NE Syria, a home to Syrian minorities, including Yazidis, Christians, Kurds and others. This invasion presents an immediate threat to the security of NE Syria, as well as broader regional and Iraqi security, including Yazidi areas adjunct to Iraqi-Syria border, in particular District of Sinjar.
Radical groups in Afrin, which was occupied by Turkey and its allied radical factions, presents a sobering example on bad treatment of minorities, including Yazidis. Occupation of Afrin caused displacement of thousands of Yazidis who fled from 18 villages. Radical groups destroyed 17 Yazidi temples and religious sites in violation of International laws and convections.
Eastern Euphrates was home to more than 50,000 Yazidi prior to the events in Syria. The current events in NE Syria, if not halted, will annihilate Yazidis from their ancestral homeland in Syria, which will effect historical presence of Yazidi in the Middle East, particularly their ancestral homeland in Iraq and Syria.
Our community, including survivors of Yazidi Genocide, are deeply concerned about the potential release of thousands of ISIS militants. Our community continues to await establishment of national and international mechanisms to hold ISIS militants accountable for the crimes they committed, especially that significant evidence exist today in Syria.
We call on the international community to take all necessary measures to halt all military operations in NE Syria. We also call for a political process in Syria that will ensure sustainable peace for all people of Syria, and that ethnical and religious components of Syria to be considered as an important factor in determining future of Syria, include of Yazidis. We call also for international measures to prevent escape of ISIS militants and to safely free nearly 3000 Yazidi women and children who remain in captivity.
1. Ali Atalan, Former Yazidi member of Parliament, Turkey
2. Azher Bety, Associate Professor, University or Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
3. Barakat Issa, Yazidi Journalist, Germany
4. Dauod Jundi, member of Nineveh Provincial Council, Iraq
5. Duzen Tekkal, Hawar.help Organization, Germany
6. Faraj Khairi Bek, Member of Yazidi Prince Family, Iraq
7. Farida Sado Xelef, Movement for Freedom of Yazidi Women, Iraq
8. Faris Harbo, Yazidi Party for Jus and Democracy, Iraq
9. Feleknas Uca, Yazidi member of Parlaiment, Turkey
10. Fikret Igrik, Co-Chairman Yazidi Exile Council of Sinjar, Germany
11. Jarkin Nabu, Head of Syrian Yazidi Alliance, Syria
12. Haci Qirani, Yazidi Activist, Germany
13. Haider Shesho, Head of Yazidi Democratic Party, Iraq
14. Himat Yousif, Syrian Lawyer, Germany
15. Ido Khamoka, Associate Professor, University of Dohuk, Iraq
16. Khabat Khedir, Eziden Weltweit E.V., Germany
17. Leyla Ferman, Women for Justice, Germany
18. Lamya Haji Bashar, Survivor and Activist, Iraq
19. Mirza Dinnayi, Head of Iraq-German Humanitarian Bridge, Germany
20. Murad Ismael, Executive Director, Yazda, United States
21. Omar Saeed, Survivor, Iraq
22. Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation, The Netherlands
23. Rustam Bakoyan, Yazidi Member of Parlaiment, Armenia
24. Saib Khidir, Yazidi Member of Parlaiment, Iraq
25. Saman Suleman, Associate Professor, University of Dohuk, Iraq
26. Sarab Elias, Lawyer and Activist, Iraq
27. Yilmaz Gunay, Zentralverband der Ezidischen Vereine E.V., Germany