Call On The UN Human Rights Commissioner To Establish A Commission Of Inquiry That Collects Evidence
Nadia Murad was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State (ISIS) militants, when they invaded the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in mid-2014, killing more than 3,000 Yazidi civilians and capturing up to 7,000. Nadia saw her brothers killed and was held captive, like many other Yazidi women and girls, for months before escaping.
Nadia has campaigned for countries to investigate and prosecute the Islamic State for its crimes against Yazidi people to hold IS troops accountable.
But, while 3,500 Yazidi girls and women still remain in IS captivity and thousands of survivors wait for justice to be brought to their abusers, the UN Security Council and Member States have failed to refer the Yazidi case.
Yazidi girls as young as 6 are being sold into sexual slavery for up to $20,000, yet, in April 2015, the ICC Office of the Prosecutor considered that there was not enough information to start an examination about crimes committed by ISIS. Justice for the Yazidi people will only begin when we seek evidence of the atrocities committed against them.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) can establish fact-finding missions, create historical records of events and recommend measures to provide justice and hold perpetrators to account.
Send an email and call on the OHCHR Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to set up a commission of inquiry that collects evidence on crimes perpetrated against Yazidis, like Nadia, to support prosecution of the perpetrators.