“I now know that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me. I was home living w/my family. I didn’t go somewhere where there was a war. Our neighbors turned on us.” NadiaMuradBasee, Yazidi survivor of ISIL & UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador said in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at UNHQ.
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Today the United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution put forward by the UK that will create an investigation into the war crimes committed by the Islamic State group against the Yazidi people.
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The Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by ISIL fighters receive care, protection, and justice and that children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a UN report published today says.
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"This week, Ms. Murad clinched a small, but important victory. Her country, Iraq, agreed to let the Security Council appoint a panel of independent investigators to gather evidence of the most serious crimes committed by the Islamic State, and not just those against Yazidis. Lacking that, the Security Council would have had to adopt a resolution to create such a panel."
Britain, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a woman from the Yazidi religious minority who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, have been pushing Iraq to allow a U.N. inquiry.
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