Three years on: ‘The Yazidis’ wound is still bleed­ing’

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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.

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