By Ezidi 24
Yazda announces a high-level conference on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Babylon hotel in Baghdad, Iraq.
Local, international, religious and social leaders will participate as well as representatives of NGOs and academic intellectuals.
The conference will include a plenary session and two panels on Justice and role of women and survivors in the post-ISIS stage.
Yazda is a multi-national Yazidi global organization established in the aftermath of the Yazidi Genocide in 2014, to support the Yazidi ethno-religious minority and other vulnerable groups. Yazda’s main branch is registered in the United States under Article 501 c3. Yazda is also registered in Germany, Iraq, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and is in the process of registration in Australia and Canada.
Yazda aims to prevent future genocides against the Yazidi community and other minorities and toassist them in recovery from the 2014 genocide.
In the early hours of 3 August 2014, IS launched a coordinated attack across the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq, homeland to the Yazidi ethno-religious minority. The attack came from Mosul and Tal Afar in Iraq, and from Al-Shaddadi and the Tel Hamis region in Syria, besieging the population from all four sides. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces mandated to protect the area abandoned bases and checkpoints, leaving the local population unprotected and largely defenseless in the face of IS’s advance. Approximately 12,000 Yazidis were killed or abducted by IS.
The Islamic State singled out Yazidis and gave those whom they captured one choice: convert to Islam or die. Compelling evidence suggest that a genocide took place against the Yazidi people and that the Genocide is still ongoing. The United Nation, European Union, the United States, UK, France, Canada and other countries have formally recognized the Yazidi Genocide.