Three years on: ‘The Yazidis’ wound is still bleeding’
ISIL’s genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis is still “ongoing” and remains “unaddressed” by the international community, the UN has said, marking three years since ISIL began killing and capturing thousands of members of the religious minority group.
The UN human rights Commission of Inquiry, which declared the killings of thousands of Yazidis by ISIL to be genocide, said yesterday that the atrocity had not ended and that the international community was not doing enough to stop it.
“The genocide is ongoing and remains largely unaddressed, despite the obligation of states ... to prevent and to punish the crime,” the commissioners said in a statement.
Fighters were driven out of the last part of the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq in May.
However, most Yazidis have yet to return to villages they fled when the group overran Sinjar in the summer of 2014, killing and capturing thousands because of their faith.