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Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court


Credit: Council of Europe

Thousands of women and children in Iraq are being forced into marriage and sexual slavery by members of ISIS.1

Slavery is such a significant part of ISIS’s agenda that the group has published a pamphlet on the subject, which includes instructions such as, “It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of.”2

Khandhar Kaliph’s daughter is one of the women who have been captured. “She said she is going to be sold as a slave […] for $10. What can a father say to that? How can I help? We all feel so useless.”3 Khandhar has been despairing over the safety of his daughter ever since.

One thing you can do right now is help secure justice for Khandhar’s daughter and others like her. On March 2015, the OHCHR released a report on ISIS’ crimes in Iraq, and one of the recommendations was for the situation to be referred to the International Criminal Court. In June 2016, a report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria found that ISIS committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Yazidi people in Iraq and Syria. 4

We need to keep the pressure on until the Security Council takes action.5 Call on Members of the UN Security Council to refer this situation to the International Criminal Court. The Council must send a clear message to ISIS that they will be held accountable for genocide, slavery and other crimes against humanity.

Campaign updates

21 September 2017: The UN Security Council passed a historic resolution no. 2379 which paves the way for justice for victims of crimes against humanity including trafficking, forced marriage and modern slavery perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq.

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Yazda was established to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority group in the United States and the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq and northeastern Syria. Yazda’s mission is to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 genocide.

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