Yazidi

Courts must now try ISIL crimes which ‘rip at the soul of humanity’: Karim Khan

The outgoing head of the UN team investigating crimes committed by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, was in New York this week to give his final report to the Security Council where he delivered “clear” evidence of genocide. 

Karim Khan, Special Adviser and head of UNITAD, said there was some way to go before justice is done on behalf of the victims of crimes – such as the Yazidis - that “rip at the soul of humanity”.  Matt Wells began by asking him to summarize the report’s findings. 

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ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

A UN team investigating ISIL atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

New Iraqi law ‘major step’ in assisting ISIL’s female victims but more must be done

A new law in Iraq provides a measure of comfort for women and girls who have survived atrocities of ISIL terrorist fighters, but more must be done, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday. 

New agreement in Iraq signals ‘a first and important step’ toward a better future

An agreement between Iraq’s Federal and the Kurdish Regional governments on Friday paves the way for reconstruction in the north of the country, in what the UN has called “a first and important step in the right direction”. 

Six years after genocide, international community must prioritize justice for Yazidi community

Six years after ISIL launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq, the international community must live up to its promise to deliver justice, survivor and Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad told a virtual event on Monday marking the anniversary.

Protect women’s rights ‘before, during and after conflict’ UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate

Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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We feel forgotten, say Yazidis battling sex slavery

Thousands of members of the Yazidi community, which the terrorist group ISIL regards as apostates, were captured and sold into slavery last year.

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Ongoing violations in Iraq lead to erosion of national identity

Ongoing violations and abuses in Iraq have led to a breakdown in trust between ethnic groups and an erosion of the national identity.

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