MP Khidir underlined the importance of legislating to assist survivors with all the key issues such as access to education, legal documents, missing relatives etc., but cautioned against unrealistic expectations as some reparations necessitate amending existing legislation. He warned that prompt legislative action is needed because forthcoming MPs might not have such an affirmative stance towards minorities. Urgency is also commanded by the dire position of survivors who still linger in camps under horrible conditions. He pleaded that, in view of the number of survivors affected by ISIS atrocities, Yazidis deserve to be explicitly mentioned in the title, but made clear that all survivors who can prove to have been captured and/or subjected to sexual violence by ISIS should have access to reparations. Finally, MP Khidir invited Iraqi civil society and international community to support him in accelerating the legislative process by urging the political blocks in the parliament and the speaker to pass this law.
Yazidi Women Survivors Bill
Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children Refers to the Yazidi Survivor Law as Good Practice
In a recently released study on reparation for child victims and survivors of sale and sexual exploitation the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children referred to the Law on Yazidi Female Survivors (YSL) as an example of a...