Eighteen months after adoption of the Law on Yazidi Female Survivors Government of Iraq to champion an International Day of Reflection for the Genocide Against Yazidis, Christians, Shabak, and Shia Turkmen by Da’esh
BAGHDAD, September 01, 2022
– The Iraqi Council of Representatives passed the Yazidi [Female] Survivors Law (YSL) No. 8 on March 1, 2021. The law not only formally recognizes acts of genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Yazidi, Turkmen, Christian, and Shabak communities by the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but also mandated Ministry of Foreign Affairs. to reveal ISIL crimes internationally. For this reason, an alliance of Iraqi NGOs (Coalition for Just Reparations) issues a statement urging Iraqi authorities to lead the way towards international recognition of the Genocide Against Yazidis, Christians, Shabak, and Shia Turkmen by Da’esh.
Hala Safeel, A Yazidi activist and Survivor. Survivors, members of the C4JR’s Survivors Council, added:
“As a survivor, I wish that the August 3rd be considered an international day to commemorate the Yazidi genocide, where if the international community shows interest, this will be reflected on our local community in Iraq as well and will contribute to achieving justice for the survivors & families of victims.”
The Director of the Justice Organization for Minority Rights, an NGO defending the rights of Iraq’s Shabak community, said:
“The declaration of UNGA on August 3rd as an international day to remind the world of the crimes committed against minorities by ISIL has many indications, the least of which is the atonement for the global silence for what happened at that time.”
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