Iraq

CONTEXT

Over the last fews years, Yazidi women and girls in ISIS-occupied territories have endured the most heinous crimes, including kidnapping and being sold as sex slaves by ISIS-fighters. Some girls as young as 9 years old. Many male Yazidi have been killed. It is estimated that since 2014 around 12,000 Yazidi have been murdered or kidnapped by IS. [1]

With ISIS being driven out of Northern Iraq and Syria  an increasing number of Yazidi women and girls are freed. A part of the survivors live in displacement camps in Iraq and a large number of survivors have been given refuge in Germany. Documenting their stories is crucial for prosecuting the perpetrators.

PROJECT

Yazda is a global organization established in the aftermath of the Yazidi Genocide in 2014, to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority and other vulnerable groups.

Since 2018, Free a Girl and Yazda work together on a project aimed at providing legal support to (minor) survivors who have been sold, abused, tortured and raped as sex slaves by ISIS. This fits within Free a Girl’s vision that fighting impunity is essential for prevention, as well as for giving justice to survivors.

The above project is carried out together with international human rights activist and lawyer Amal Clooney and her team. The project aims at collecting witness reports from and together with Yazidi survivors in Iraq and Germany, in order to gather solid legal evidence to prosecute ISIS-fighters.

Complementary to these activities, Free a Girl and Yazda carry out lobby & advocacy activities in the Netherlands. On February 7th 2018, one of the survivors spoke with Parliamentarians in The Hague, where she shared her experiences and asked for recognition of the genocide that took place in Northern Iraq in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Februari 7th, 2018: ISIS-survivor visits the Foreign Affairs Committee of Dutch Parliament at the invitation of former Minister Lilianne Ploumen. From left to right: Farida Abbas Khalaf, Lilianne Ploumen (PVDA) en Ahmed Khudida Burjus (Yazda)

[1] https://www.yazda.org/the-yazidi-case/