Published:July 12, 2020
More than a year has passed since the Iraqi presidency submitted a Yazidi Female Survivors’ Law to the Iraqi parliament for review and approval. This was a most welcome step, but more progress is needed.
25 Iraqi civil society organizations allied into a Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR), composed the Draft Law on Reparations for Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence Committed During the ISIS Conflict in Iraq (C4JR Draft Law) to put the spotlight on pressing needs of the survivors.
C4JR seeks to revive the public debate on reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in ISIS created conflict in Iraq with the goal of improving the Yazidi Female Survivors’ Law and getting it adopted in the Iraqi parliament.
C4JR Draft Law:
By enacting this law Iraqi authorities will not only fulfill their obligations specified in the Joint Communiqué between the Republic of Iraq and the United Nations on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (2016), but also set an example for other-post conflict states on how to recognize, honor and repair harm done to the survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
C4JR invites survivors, Iraqi authorities, national and international organizations and all people of good will to support solutions set forth in C4JR Draft Law, challenge them by offering viable alternatives or otherwise engage in the discussion.