C4JR flags amendments to the Yazidi Women Survivor’s Bill at the IOM meeting in Erbil

December 22, 2020

Technical meeting for finalization of the Yazidi Women Survivor’s Bill (Yazidi Bill), organized with International Organization for Migration (IOM)´s technical support and presence of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) representatives, is taking place from 20th to 22nd December 2020 in Erbil.

On December 21 members of the Iraqi Parliament from Legal Affairs Committee, Human Rights Committee, Committee for Women Affairs, Committee for Labor, Social Affairs and Displacement, Committee of Martyrs, Victims and Political prisoners considered recommendations for improving the Yazidi Bill. In addition to the C4JR, suggestions for improvement were tabled by the Iraqi High Human Rights Commission, Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and Institute for International Law and Human Rights.

C4JR delegate Mr. Hasan Ali Omar highlighted main elements of the C4JR Draft Law necessary for bringing the initial text of the Yazidi Bill in line with international standards.
This well-timed meeting comes at a critical stage for drafting the second version of the Yazidi Bill in the Iraqi Parliament. C4JR is therefore hopeful that it will mark a turning point in efforts to pass reparation legislation consistent with survivor´s preferences and best international practices.

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