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  • Amal Clooney’s remarkable speech before the UN on behalf of victims of Yazidi Genocide.


    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the sponsors of this event for inviting me to address you once again at the United Nations. Six months ago, I came here to discuss the need for accountability for crimes committed by ISIS. I spoke to you as the lawyer for a group of victims of ISIS’ crimes, including Nadia Murad, who as a 21-year old girl was enslaved and raped by ISIS militants in Iraq. My message to you was that ISIS is a global threat, which requires a global response. And that the response should not be limited to the battlefield:  the UN should also investigate ISIS’ crimes and make sure that those responsible are brought to justice. Since my last address I have supported the United Kingdom’s initiative to have the Security Council set up an investigation into ISIS’ crimes in...

  • Nadia Murad’s full remarks on ISIS accountability before the United Nations.


    Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for welcoming me once more among you here at the UN. For over a year and a half now, I have been travelling around the world to give testimony on ISIS’ brutality and the crimes they committed against me personally, and against my people. I am physically and emotionally exhausted. Just like Farida, Lamia, Shireen, and many other Yazidi girls who have decided to speak up about ISIS’ crimes, I have put my life on hold to seek justice, rather than focusing on my own recovery and trying to build a future in my new country, Germany. Our decision to speak up came at a great personal cost. Since I last spoke here at the UN, a few months ago, German authorities decided to implement additional security measures for my safety. While I am deeply grateful to Germany for this decision, it ...

  • Press Release: Arrest Warrant against ISIS militant in Germany recognises crimes committed against Yazidis as genocide.


    In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Germany authorised the issuance of an arrest warrant against an ISIS commander who is allegedly responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Yazidi minority in Syria and Iraq. The ISIS commander – whose name will not be disclosed for the time being – was identified for prosecution by the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office. He is said to be high-ranking and responsible for the abduction and sexual enslavement of Yazidi women. In August 2014, ISIS attacked the Sinjar region in Northern Iraq, homeland to the Yazidis, a peaceful minority targeted by ISIS because of their ancient religion. Thousands of men and older women were executed on the spot, while girls were captured to become “sex slaves” and young boys kidnapped and trained to be child sold...

  • Yazda Member Farida Abbas visiting Ms. Daniela Schadtthe wife of German President.


    Yazidi survivor and Yazda member in Germany Ms Farida Abbas had a great opportunity to meet with Ms Daniela Schadt, wife of former Germany President Joachim Gauck. Farida was accompanied by Saeed Sulaiman, Yazda member in Germany, Duzen Tekkal, activist and director of Hawar organization. Ms Daniela has listened to Farida Abbas`s story and both sides have discussed the situations of refugees, ISIS survivors, and the situation of Yazidi people in general. We want to thank Ms Daniela for her time and tremendous support to Farida Abbas ...

  • Yazda has been selected as one of the 10 Most Innovative World`s Companies for the Year 2017 by FC.


    We are delighted to announce that Yazda has been selected as one of the 10 Most Innovative World`s Companies for the Year 2017 by FC. Yazda has been one of the leading organizations that advocates for the Yazidi people in Northern Iraq, in addition to its humanitarian projects that are supporting tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Families in the region. Yazda provides essential services for Yazidi community in the region and acts as a guiding center for tens of other NGOs in Kurdistan region for reaching out to the most vulnerable families who have been victimized by ISIL invasion of their ancestral homeland. We are grateful to FC for giving value to the relentless effects that Yazda has made during the past two and half years....

  • Yazda and Nadia visit to Scotland .


    On The 31st of January 2017, a delegation from Yazda, including Ahmed Khudida, ( Deputy Executive Director), Fiona Bennett, ( Yazda board member in UK), and Anna Duncan, (Yazda member in Scotland) accompanied Nadia Murad, (Yazidi survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador) in a one day visit to Scotland. The delegation met with the Prime Minister of Scotland, Mrs Nicola Sturgeon, and had a productive discussion in regard to various aspects including: holding ISIL militants accountable and bringing them to justice, and establishing a safe zone for minorities. They also discussed the current refugee crisis, human trafficking issues and the possibility of recognizing ISIL crimes committed against Yazidis and minorities as genocide by Scottish Parliament and Government. It is a great honor for us to mention that Nadia Murad’s mission is spon...

  • Yazda Press Release: Reopening of Yazda facilities in Kurdistan Region.


    Following a series of positive meetings with concerned parties within the Kurdistan Regional Government “KRG”, a positive result was reached with regards to reopening Yazda facilities and projects in Kurdistan Region of Iraq “KRI” after resolving issues between the two sides. The closure of Yazda’s facilities and projects was due to a misunderstanding and translation of some of Yazda activities as transgression to KRG laws and regulations relates to NGOs. Yazda recognizes that the current situation is extremely difficult and many complexities exist, which may result in misunderstanding concerning the work of any organization. We reiterate that Yazda will follow all KRG laws and regulations regarding NGOs as it does in all countries where Yazda operates. Yazda will also continue to work in acc...