Persecuted Yazidis call for international recognition of crimes against them

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Yazidi campaigners are calling for world leaders to declare their treatment by Islamic State as genocide to escalate obligations for the international community to prevent crimes against them and punish those victimizing women and children.

Islamic State militants have killed, raped and enslaved thousands of Yazidis since 2014, forcing over 400,000 of the religious minority group to flee their homes in northern Iraq, accusing them of being devil worshippers.

According to the United Nations, the Sunni militants enslaved about 7,000 women and girls in 2014, mainly Yazidis whose faith blends elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam, and is still holding 3,500, some as sex slaves.

  • Liberal Progressive

    But what about the poor Muslims being killed by ISIS. There are far more stories about them on the BBC, in the Guardian and Toronto Star so they must come first, no?

  • Impossible.

    The world is not done ignoring them.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Oh yeah the UN and Obama’ll get right on that.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Islam should be declared a crime against humanity.

  • Shebel

    Western Nations only want Muslims that want to kill us as new immigrants.
    Apparently it makes our politicians ‘Feel Good’.

    You are on your own Yazidis— Our Western Leaders are pure shit.