General Assembly President at a Panel discussion with Gloria Steinem and Nadia Murad on her fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“I now know that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me. I was home living w/my family. I didn’t go somewhere where there was a war. Our neighbors turned on us.”  NadiaMuradBasee, Yazidi survivor of ISIL & UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador said in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at UNHQ.

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Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Today, 3 August 2017, marks the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yazidi. In the summer of 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) launched a systematic campaign of mass atrocities against civilians in northern Iraq. By 3 August that campaign reached Sinjar City and many other towns and villages in the region that were home to a significant population of Yazidis, a distinct ethno- religious minority group with centuries of heritage.

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Meeting in Hamburg

Today, I was honored to meet a group of representatives from the Government of Hamburg, Germany, journalists, activists from civil society, and representatives of a number of universities in the town hall of Hamburg. 

We discussed many topics, including; the current needs of genocide victims and the current situation of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. 

Thanks to Körber Foundation for organizing this meeting and thanks to the State of Hamburg for supporting it.

( Photographer : Jann Wilken) 

June 13, 2017

Nadia Murad
 

A statement from Nadia Murad regarding the liberation of Kocho

With tears streaming down my face, I have received the news that my village of Kocho is being liberated by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force. The liberation of Kocho is a victory for humanity. It is a victory of good over evil. Nonetheless, this victory is incomplete. The world has left my people to endure an ongoing Genocide.

The Yazidi community has been waiting for three years, while constantly asking the international community to take the Yazidi Genocide seriously and to grant the most basic rights of victims in the aftermath of the Genocide. So little changed in those three years. The Yazidi areas, including Kocho, have remained either under control of the Islamic State or extremely unsafe after liberation. The liberated areas of Sinjar and Nineveh Plain, even two years after liberation, remained a battlefield for political and armed conflict and our people have not been allowed to have their say. Our fear today is that the Yazidi homeland in Sinjar will be divided into three or more regions and the opposing factions will fight for control of our land – not to advance the dignity of our people. To date, the Yazidis have obtained no rights and our demands to liberate our areas, provide international protection, or to attain justice for the crimes committed have not been met.

There have been over 40 mass graves found in Sinjar. I am horrified by the thought of the remains of six of my brothers in those graves, along with 700 other Yazidis who were summarily executed on the 15th of August, 2014.

Despite these deep wounds, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the liberation of Kocho and other areas. The liberation of Kocho is a defeat for ISIS and a slap on faces of terrorists. It also assures that humanity will not be defeated by terrorism.

Kocho is now liberated but it is a ghost’s village. While it was under siege for  12 days under the Islamic State in summer 2014, we called for help, but a genocide was committed against us. The men were killed in masses, women were kidnapped and raped, and children were stripped away from their mothers. Kocho is one of the capital crimes of the 21st century. It is with this in mind that I ask the liberating and security forces to preserve all findings, so there will be living evidence of the Islamic State crimes forever.

A Statement by Nadia Murad

on May 25, 2017

A Meeting with his Holiness Pope Francis

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I am blessed to be in one of the most peaceful places, The Holy See, where I met his Holiness Pope Francis during the Wednesday General Audience, 3rd May 2017. I felt his Holiness peace, hope, forgiveness and mercy after his warm welcome. What made me happy that our holy father knew me and knew about my work! Which makes me feel that he has blessed my mission. I also met the Republic of Vatican Minister of Foreign Affairs Archbishop Gallagher and the British Ambassador for the Holy See Mrs. Sally Axworthy. 

During these meetings, I asked for helping Yazidis who are still in ISIS captivity, acknowledged the Vatican support for minorities, discussed the scope for an autonomous region for minorities in Iraq, highlighted the current situation and challenges facing religious minorities in Iraq and Syria particularly the victims and internally displaced people as well as immigrants. I also overviewed my international campaign to bring ISIS to Justice (UN; ICC; and Parliaments motions) and the importance of cooperation between minorities as well as their future. I would like to thank Yazda UK team Mr. Torlach Denihan, Mrs. Shiela and Mr. Ahmed Khudiada who accompanied me during this journey. 

Photos are courtesy of
1. Mrs Sally Axworthy twitter account
2. http://www.focus.de

كنت مباركة بأن أزور ارض السلام و الأمان المقدسة ( الفاتيكان) حيث التقيت فيها بقداسة البابا فرانسيس خلال مراسيم يوم الاربعاء للألتقاء بالناس في الثالث من مايو 2017. شعرت بعظمة محبته و السلام و التسامح و الرحمة التي يحملها في قلبه بعد بترحيبه وأستقباله الحار لي. ما أدهشني ان قداسته يعرفني و مطلع على عملي و شعرت بأنه بارك رسالتي الانسانية. كذلك التقيت بوزير خارجية الفاتيكان السيد پول گاليگر و سفيرة بريطانيا لدى الفاتيكان السيدة سالي أوكسورث. خلال هذه الاجتماعات طلبت المساعدة بتحرير المختطفات الأيزيديات و دعم الفاتيكان للأقليات و المطالبة بأنشاء منطقة أمنة للأقليات في العراق و ركزت على الصعوبات التي تواجهها الأقليات وخصوصآ ضحايا الارهاب و النازحيين و اللأجئيين. ثم تحدث عن مهمتي الدولي لجلب داعش و مجرمي الابادة للمحاكمة عن طريق المحكمة الدولية و بعد اعتراف الامم المتحدة و البرلمانات العديد من الدول بالابادة. تحدث عن مستقبل الاقليات و اهمية التعاون بينهم. أشكر فريق يزدا-بريطانيا لأصطحابهم لي خلال هذه الزيارات و بالاخص السيد تورلاك ديلنهان و شيلا و الاخ احمد خديدة نائب المدير التنفيدذي لمنظمة يزدا
الصور المرفقة مأخوذة من حساب السفيرة البريطانية على التويتر و موقع
www.focus.de

 

Nadia Murad visit to Stanford University

زيارة نادية مراد لجامعة ستانفورد- أمريكا

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and UNODC GoodWill Ambassador, and Yazda President Haider Elias spoke at the annual Stanford Global Studies student dinner on April 17.

As a part of our mission to help the Yazidi victims, Nadia Murad and Yazda organization continue to supporting a cause of Yazidi community and bringing their issues to the attention of the international community. We continue to focus on advocacy and raising awareness of the nearly half million of men, women, and children from this minority.

Speaking to Stanford, Ms. Murad and Elias mentioned that one of their current priorities is to persuade the United States and other world governments to create a protected zone with a peacekeeping force in the area of northern Iraq that the Yazidi people and other minority communities have called home for thousands of years

During the event, Ms. Murad explained the Importance of bringing ISIS members to International Criminal Court. If we do not bring ISIS to justice, she said, we legitimize them as a force and as warriors. Bringing the ISIS senior leaders deemed most responsible for being tried at the ICC would feel like justice and we want to see them in the court as criminals. She also mentioned, “We want the world to see them talk and confess what they were doing so the entire world can watch and listen to them as criminals, not as warriors”. And we don’t believe defeating ISIS by bombing alone will exterminate them, because the ideology is still there. We have to fight the ideology.