On May 27th the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2576 (2021) extending UNAMI’s mandate in Iraq and providing assistance to monitor and ensure fair elections. The resolution calls on the international community to support Iraq in addressing challenges it faces in the ongoing fight against terrorism and work toward recovery, reconstruction, stabilization and reconciliation. Addressing the importance of meeting the needs of all Iraqis highlighting women, youth, children, displaced persons, and persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities.
Part and parcel of this mandate, C4JR applauds the inclusion and recognition of the Yazidi Female Survivors Law (YSL) in its preamble, calling on the Government of Iraq to enact effective and timely implementation of the law which seeks “to hold perpetrators of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence accountable, to provide mental health and psychosocial support to victims, and to provide reparations and redress measures for all survivors identified in the law, and calling upon the Government of Iraq to extend its provisions to all victims.”
The welcome mention of the Yazidi Female Survivors Law in the preamble to the extension of the UNAMI Mandate emphasizes the importance of this legislation and provides a vital step toward realizing justice for all ethnic and minority groups affected by ISIL / Daesh crimes and a path for reconciliation and stability in the region.
C4JR emphasizes the need for regular and international coverage during Iraq’s implementation of the YSL to ensure justice and support for all survivors.