Nationals of ICC States Parties Committing Genocide And Other Crimes Against the Yazidis

Yazda (Yazda) and the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF) with the support of Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRG), hereby request the Prosecutor of the ICC to formally commence a preliminary examination on the alleged crimes of genocide1, sexual slavery2 and other crimes committed by nationals of states parties to the Rome Statute acting as members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)3 against the Yazidis (also referred to as Yezidi/s or Ezidi/s). The crimes have been committed in a confined territory: the Sinjar district and Nineveh Plains of Northern Iraq since the August 2014. 4 In 2014, the Head of the High Committee of the Kurdistan Regional Government for the Recognition of Genocide against Kurdish Yazidis and other Nationalities and Religious Minorities, supported by the Kurdish Regional Government and the KRG Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, submitted an...

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Yazda Report on Mass Graves Jan 28 2016

Kurdish forces regained control of the northern side of Sinjar Mountain December 19, 2014, and the city of Sinjar on the south side of the mountain was retaken by Kurdish forces November 12-13, 2015. These changes have provided access to many areas where mass graves have now been discovered. The Yazda team has been frequently visiting these sites, in addition to obtaining survivor testimonies that can help form a picture of what happened at each location. “Mass Graves” vs. “Kill Sites” In addition to the mass graves that have been discovered by the Yazda team or by Yazidis now visiting their home areas, Yazda has visited dozens of kill sites where individual Yazidis or small 5 numbers of Yazidis were executed. We distinguish between a mass grave and a “kill site” as follows: a kill site is a location where a small number of individuals were executed by IS but who were not...

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Yazidi Refugees in Turkey Syria Greece 14 July 2016

The Yazidi community faced the most devastating attack of the 21st century when the self­proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targeted them on 3 August 2014 with the intent of total extermination. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis had to flee for their lives and ten of thousands of defenseless Yazidi civilians found themselves trapped on Mount Sinjar where they faced horrific...

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“They came to destroy”: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis*

United Nations Human Rights Council | Report Number: A/HRC/32/CRP .2 | Issued on June 15, 2016 | Summary | ISIS has committed the crime of genocide as well as multiple crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Yazidis, thousands of whom are held captive in the Syrian Arab Republic where they are subjected to almost unimaginable horrors. The present report, which focuses on violations committed in Syria, is based on 45 interviews with survivors, religious leaders, smugglers, activists, lawyers, medical personnel, and journalists. Considerable documentary material was used to corroborate information collected by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. ISIS has sought to destroy the Yazidis through killings; sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing...

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: “The Horror in Northern Iraq”

BEARING WITNESS TRIP REPORT | Key Findings |  • The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) perpetrated crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes against Christian, Yezidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka’i people in Ninewa province between June and August 2014. • We believe IS has been and is perpetrating genocide against the Yezidi people. • Men, women, and children who were kidnapped and are still being held by IS continue to be the victims of atrocity crimes. Their release must be a priority. • IS perpetrated these crimes in accordance with its extremist religious ideology—targeting particular groups on the basis of their identity. • IS also perpetrated mass atrocities as part of a deliberate military, economic, and political strategy. This intent was matched by the group’s ability to carry out these...

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, flee violence from Islamic State (IS) militants in the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq in August 2014.

Mortality and kidnapping estimates for the Yazidi population in the area of Mount Sinjar, Iraq, in August 2014: A retrospective household survey

Background In August 2014, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi religious minority living in the area of Mount Sinjar in Nineveh governorate, Iraq. We conducted a retrospective household survey to estimate the number and demographic profile of Yazidis killed and kidnapped. Methods and findings The survey covered the displaced Yazidi population from Sinjar residing in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Fieldwork took place between 4 November and 25 December, 2015. A systematic random sample of 1,300 in-camp households were interviewed about the current household composition and any killings and kidnappings of household members by ISIS. Of the 1,300 interviewed households, 988 were Yazidi from Sinjar. Yazidi households contained 6,572 living residents at the time of the survey; 43 killings and 83 kidnappings of household members...

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