Yazidi survivor and Yazda participates in UN Security Council Arria Formula meeting in New York

Yazidi survivor and author, Dalal Khairo accompanied by Yazda board member, Delkhwaz Haciy, participated in UN Security Council meeting Advancing the safety and security of persons belonging to religious minorities in armed conflict. The meeting took place on the first International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Beliefe on August 22, 2019. In May 2019 UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution establishing August 22nd as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief.

Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz opened the meeting which Ms Dalal Khairo was one of the three briefers of. Ms Khairo briefed the Security Council about the 2014 yazidi genocide, the current situation and needs for yazidies and other minorities and the importance of international protection for religious minorities and the establishment of an international tribunal to hold ISIS accountable for their crimes.

Ms Khairo also emphasized that religious freedom and security for oppressed minorities must be a priority for the Security Council. The meeting was also attended by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the representatives of UN member states, including US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, and the representatives of civil society. The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the UN organized the meeting in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Brazil, Jordan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Yazda would like to thank the Polish Mission to the UN for organizing this important meeting to commemorate victims of violence based on religion or belief.

Photo Credit: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter