Qubad Talabani: Legislating the Yazidi Female Survivors Law is a necessary step to compensate them

2/3/2021 15:02:00

Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, welcomed the legislation of the Yazidi Women Survivors Law.


On Monday, the Iraqi Council of Representatives has passed the Yazidi Female Survivor bill after two years of languishing 


"I welcome the issuance of the Yazidi Female Survivors Law in the Council of Representatives." Qubad Talabani said in a statement on Monday. "The law is a necessary step towards compensating Yazidi female survivors and relieving their suffering as a result of captivity and enslavement. The time has come to redress them and restore their rights."


"We must all continue to search for the rest of the disappeared ones and found, and returning children born as a result of these crimes from Syria to the Yazidi communities in Iraq represents an inherent human right despite the complications."


In a special statement to PUKmedia, MP of PUK bloc in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Almas Fadhil, told PUKmedia that the voting process on the law did not face any problem or obstacles, and it was approved.


"The Yezidi Female Survivors law that was sent by the Presidency of the Republic is a victory for the victims from our daughters who have been subjected to the most heinous violations and crimes of ISIS genocide,” tweeted the Iraqi President, Dr. Barham Salih on Monday.


Yazidi survivor of genocide/human trafficking. 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nadia Murad also commented on the importance of this step saying:


"Today's passage of Iraq’s Yazidi Survivors Bill is an important first step in acknowledging the gender-based trauma of sexual violence & need for tangible redress. Implementation of the law will need to be focused comprehensively supporting & sustainably reintegrating survivors.


"I spoke with President @BarhamSalih earlier today about the passage of the Yazidi Survivors Law & want to express my gratitude to the President for introducing this landmark bill & to everyone who helped make it law."


On August 3, 2014, ISIS terrorists occupied the northern Iraqi town of Shingal (Sinjar), the mainland of the Yazidis, committing mass massacres and the most heinous crimes against them. Men and boys were brutally slaughtered, while women and girls were enslaved and raped—all because they believe in something different. 


According to the United Nations, ISIS had massacred 5,000 Yazidi men and kidnapped about 7000 Yazidi women and girls (who were forced into slavery) in northern Iraq.


The law applies to every Yazidi woman survivor who survived ISIS crimes and later liberated, in addition to women and girls from other components such as the Turkmen, Christian and Shabak components who were subjected to the same crimes mentioned.


The law will provide all kinds of material and moral support to female survivors who survived ISIS terrorists' crimes, rehabilitate them, compensate them, and return them to society.


The law also stipulates the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with international bodies to define the crimes committed by the ISIS terrorist organization as genocide and introduce them at the international level, and to consider August 3 of every year as a national day for Yazidis.






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