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ISIL’s ‘genocide’ against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

By UN News Service. Published 8-3-2017

Kurdish women and their supporters held a vigil outside UK parliament today to mark the 3rd anniversary of ISIS genocidal attack on the Ezidis of Sinjar. Photo: Mark Campbell/Facebook

Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) attacked the Yazidis in Syria, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.

“The Commission of Inquiry calls on the international community to recognize the crime of genocide being committed by ISIL against the Yazidis and to undertake steps to refer the situation to justice,” said the expert panel in a statement marking the third anniversary of ISIL’s attack on the Yazidis. Continue reading

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Complicity is NOT Acceptable

Image via FaceBook.

Image via FaceBook.

On September 15, Islamic State stepped up a campaign in the Kobani region of northern Syria. Kobani is a Kurdish enclave that many refugees had fled to as threats of ISIS rose throughout the area. According to a report in “The Independent”:

“Isis fighters used tanks and artillery captured in Iraq to assault the Kurdish enclave around the city of Kobani, also called Ayn al-Arab, where between 400,000 and 500,000 members of Syria’s Kurdish minority have taken refuge. Idris Nassan, the deputy foreign representative of Kobani canton, told The Independent in a phone interview that the attack by Isis, also known as Islamic State, started on 15 September. “[It] is being made from three sides. So far they have captured 15 villages and we have evacuated another 10 because they are too close to the fighting,” he said.

Speaking from Kobani, Mr Nassan said that for the first time, the city had been hit by rockets, three of which exploded in the centre yesterday. The encircling Isis forces are between 12 and 18 miles from the city, which is surrounded by Kurdish villages held by fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian franchise of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The latter has many battle-hardened veterans experienced in fighting the Turkish army over the past 30 years.

Some 400 Kurdish hostages have been taken by Isis, including 133 school children aged between 13 and 14 who were abducted on 30 May as they returned to their homes in Kobani after taking their junior high school final exams in Aleppo.

The siege of Kobani has not attracted much publicity, far less than that of the Old City of Homs, but if it did fall then its half-million Kurds would be at risk. The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is quoted as saying that there are fears of massacres in the villages seized by Isis. In addition to eliminating the Kurds as opponents, Isis wants to establish its hold on the border region with Turkey across which it can bring in supplies and foreign volunteers. Mr Nassan says the siege of the enclave is not complete since “we can still buy food at high prices from Arab brokers” but he adds that “unfortunately, the world cares nothing about what happens in Kobani”.

The YPG and PKK have proved the most effective fighters against Isis but the PKK is still labelled a “terrorist organisation” by the US and Europe. The labelling was done at the behest of Turkey, which fought the PKK from 1984, though a ceasefire was declared in 2013. Turkey has been talking to the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan for five years but US and European officials are still wary of contacts with the Syrian and Turkish Kurds.

Isis has captured most of eastern Syria, defeating both the Syrian army and rebel movements during the summer. Isis fighters are within 30 miles of Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, and have been consolidating their positions elsewhere. They have been moving their headquarters and heavy weapons out of easily identifiable locations in preparation for US air attacks.”

Occupy World Writes calls on the coalition forces to assist the Kurds in defense of Kobani. These people are from the same ethnic group that brought the world’s attention to the plight of the Yazidi when ISIS chased them into the Sinjar mountains. The international community responded overwhelmingly to save the Yazidi from certain massacre. Now the Kurds are facing that very same fate. We also have no reason to believe the Islamic State would show no mercy toward the inhabitants and refugees in Kobani, since Kurds are the only ground force able to offer a defense against ISIS.

We can not sit in complicity while children, women and men are slaughtered at the hands of a terrorist organization. This is not humane, this is not sane, this is not in accordance with the words of Allah, God, or any divine entity.



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Pleading For Their Lives

Yazidi men. Photo By Bestoun94 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Yazidi men. Photo By Bestoun94 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

While the Obama Administration and the Department of Defense continues to “assess” the situation around Sinjar and northern Iraq, tens of thousands of people have fled into the mountains with no food or water and are dying as you read this.

The Yazidi people are one of the world’s oldest religious minorities and is, for the most part, ethnically Kurdish. The Yazidis number approximately a half million people and have been living peacefully under the protection of Kurdish peshmerga forces for years.

The Islamic State accuses the Yazidi people of being “devil worshipers” and its fighters have been executing Yazidi men who won’t convert to Islam on the spot, and taking away the women as jihadi brides.

In a recent New Yorker article, writer George Packer tells the compelling story of Karim, an Yazidi man struggling to survive in Iraq. The insight revealed is compelling.

The Islamic State has also advanced into some of the Kurdish regions near Erbil, which will come under protection of the United States in addition to the Kurdish Peshmaega forces.

The US will authorize targeted air strikes against the Islamic State and will drop humanitarian aid to the civilians who have fled heavily affected areas including the Sinjar Mountains. Obama clearly states American troops will not be involved in any fighting in Iraq. The US also insists that a unity government is crucial to stability in Iraq, and asks that the new Prime Minister be named by Sunday, as it is appropriate for the Iraqi government to do so at this time following their elections.

Major ethno-religious groups in Iraq Aqua:     Sunni Arabs Pink:       Shiite Arabs Yellow:   Muslim Kurds Purple:   Assyrians Green:   Yazidi Kurds Orange: Turkmen By Rafy [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Major ethno-religious groups in Iraq
Aqua: Sunni Arabs
Pink: Shiite Arabs
Yellow: Muslim Kurds
Purple: Assyrians
Green: Yazidi Kurds
Orange: Turkmen
By Rafy [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Erbil is a town in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, It is also home to the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Consulate General. The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil opened in July 2011 and is responsible for promoting U.S. political, economic, cultural, and security cooperation with the Iraqi people in the three provinces of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: Erbil, Sulymaniyah, and Dohuk. The U.S. diplomatic presence throughout Iraq is guided by the Strategic Framework Agreement for a Relationship of Friendship and Cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Iraq, which, since its signing in 2008, serves as the foundation for a long-term bilateral relationship based on mutual goals.

Our greatest concern and sense of urgency is heightened by the plight of the Yazidis. We also hold deep concern for the Kurds as well as the people of Iraq as the Islamic State presents the most disruptive threat to the entire Middle East region possible. Devoid of value of human life, this sect of terrorists will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

Occupy World Writes supports the call of the Iraqi MP that pleaded with the Iraqi Parliment to prevent the genocide of the Yazidis. We can not say better what is said here.

The following clip is in Arabic with English subtitles.
We must warn you that it is upsetting to watch.

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