Today, Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Forensic Medicine Department in Baghdad and UNITAD announced completion of the identification process for remains of 62 victims of the Yazidi genocide who were massacred by ISIS in August 2014 in Kocho village, Sinjar, northern Iraq. This is the first time a formal identification is taking place for the victims of the Yazidi genocide after over five and a half years of ISIS attacks on Yazidis in Sinjar.
Atrocities committed by ISIS against Yazidi and other communities in Iraq and Syria should be treated as mass international crimes committed by a terrorist organization against peaceful communities, including. Yazidis and other religious minorities. We demand that all perpetrators are brought to justice whether inside countries where crimes committed (Iraq and Syria) or outside where perpetrators enjoy both freedom and safety.
We demand that UNITAD task is expanded to a tribunal court which will enable it to undertake fair trials where victims can present their cases before the court.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of victims in Kocho and our entire Yazidi community.
Yazda Board of Directors