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Human Rights Watch: Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain missing after being abducted by ISIS

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In its annual report for 2022, Human Rights Watch touched on the topic of the Yazidi community in Iraq: "... Human Rights Watch and other organizations have documented a system of organized rape, sexual slavery and forced marriages by ISIS of Yazidi women and girls. However, Human Rights Watch has not found any cases where an ISIS member has been prosecuted or convicted for these specific crimes, including when crimes against him were equated to war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide against the Yazidis. Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain missing after being abducted by ISIS, but the Iraqi authorities are not making systematic efforts to rescue them or ensure their return. Instead, all such rescue efforts were mainly carried out by families and Yazidi volunteers.

In March 2021, the Iraqi Parliament passed a law on surviving Yazidi women. The law recognized as genocide many crimes committed by ISIS, including kidnapping, sexual enslavement, forced marriages, pregnancy and abortions imposed on women and girls who were Yazidis, Turkmen, Christians or Shabaks. The Law provides for compensation for survivors, as well as measures for their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

However, the effective implementation of this law has not yet been ensured, partly due to the impasse with the formation of a new government and partly due to insufficient funding. In August, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that more than 200,000 Yazidi survivors are still forced to leave their homes...".


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