Tag Archives | Yazidis

IS’ “Most Wanted” Woman Awarded Lantos Prize

The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice has announced that its highest honor, the Lantos Human Rights Prize, will be awarded to Iraqi parliamentarian and ISIS’ “most wanted” woman, Vian Dakhil, at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol. Dakhil will be given the 2016 award for her […]

Yazidi Survivors win EU Human Rights Prize

Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were announced as this year's Sakharov Prize laureates during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. The annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention […]

Religious Minorities find Protection in Southern Iraq

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Minority populations are suffering in areas under the control of militants in northern and western Iraq, where their temples have been destroyed and they are forbidden to build new […]

Iraq’s Turkmens call for Independent Province

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi Turkmens, who are citizens of Iraq with Turkish origins, have been calling for their own independent province in the Tal Afar district west of Mosul, located in the […]

Yezidi Survivors "Neglected by Int'l Community"

Yezidi survivors of horrific abuse in IS captivity neglected by international community Yezidi women and girls who have been enslaved, raped beaten and otherwise tortured by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are being failed by a lack of adequate support from the international community, said Amnesty International today. Researchers from the organization […]

Nadia Murad named UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

Human trafficking survivor Nadia Murad named UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha - who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State group (IS, ISIL, ISIS, Da'esh) - was formally appointed UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking […]

Yazidi Survivor Shortlisted for Human Rights Prize

By John Lee. A Kurdish Yazidi survivor of the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) sex slavery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Václav Havel Human Rights Prize for her outstanding activities in the defense of human rights. Nadia Murad managed to excape captivity, and now brings the plight of the Yazidi community, in […]

Yazidis Return Home to Face Economic Blockade

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home To Face Cruel Economic Blockade Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Islamic State group have returned home – but now they […]

UK Charity Chair questions speed of UN Genocide Call

UK Charity Chair questions speed of United Nations Yazidi genocide call The Chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, has welcomed the United Nations’ report recognising ISIS/Daesh violence against Yazidis as Genocide – but has questioned why it has taken two years to reach its decision. “What has our watchdog on international […]

Yazidi Religious Leaders visit the UK

The most senior delegation of Yazidi religious leaders ever to visit the UK has arrived in London on a three-day mission to encourage more dialogue between the Yazidis and other more mainstream faiths. Hosted by the UK-based AMAR International Charitable Foundation, the Yazidis will hold talks with Government ministers and other senior politicians, meet religious […]

Kurdish Yazidi Activist Wins "Int'l Women of Courage Award"

By John Lee. US Secretary of State John Kerry has awarded an ‘International Women of Courage Award’ to a Kurdish Yazidi activist. At a ceremony on Tuesday, Nagham Nawzat Hasan was one of 14 women from fourteen different countries who were honoured for their outstanding roles in their communities as activists, humanitarians and reformers. Yezidi […]

Bold Steps Needed to give Hope to Threatened Groups

Bold steps needed to give hope to ethnic and religious groups facing an uncertain future The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye (pictured), has urged the Government of Iraq to take rapid and concrete steps to guarantee the future of some of the country’s most threatened and marginalized ethnic and religious groups […]