March 20, 2015

KRG US Representation calls for action following UN Human Rights Council report on genocide by ISIS

Washington DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – The recent UN Human Rights Council report A/HRC/28/18 on human rights violations and possible acts of genocide in Iraq correctly describes the level of systematic brutality occurring in the country today.

Specifically, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has intentionally targeted Yezidi and Christian minorities with the stated goal of their annihilation. Since the terror group’s advance through the region, these communities have suffered acts of barbarism unimaginable in the modern era. Yezidi women and girls have been sold in to slavery, and an estimated 5,000 Yezidi men, women and children are missing today. Yezidi villages have suffered the complete massacres of male inhabitants. Christian populations in northern Iraq have suffered similar crimes.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) US Representation is pleased that the international community is taking proactive measures to document these atrocities, and hopes that a definitive resolution on the issue will be forthcoming.

The crimes committed by ISIS constitute acts of genocide, as defined by Article 2 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. We hope that the international community will seek to define these actions as such, and take appropriate measures to stop them and to hold the perpetrators accountable. The victims and survivors deserve to see justice.

Today the Kurdistan Region hosts approximately 1.6 million refugees and internally displaced persons, and is a sanctuary for all refugees regardless of ethnicity or religion, including Sunnis, Shi’a, Yezidis, Christians, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and others. Within Kurdistan, the KRG works to help care for those have been displaced, despite the severe financial conditions under which it is operating.

We will continue to care for the displaced and we will continue to fight the tyranny of ISIS. We call on the international community to respond with action following the UN Human Rights Council report.

Read the UNHRC report here.

Read a PDf of this press release here.
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