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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Iraq Will Compensates Yazidi Survivors

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BAGHDAD (eKurd Daily) — After 2 years, the Iraqi parliament has finnaly passed a bill offering reparations to survivors of the Islamic State (IS, ex ISIS/ISIL/DAESH) group. August 3 will be considered a day of commemoration for the crimes against Yazidis, according to the new law.

Initially drafted to offer restitution solely to Yazidi women who disproportionately endured severe abuse in the hands of IS, the law passed applies also to other ethnic and religious minorities, particularly Turkmen, Shabak, and Christians of both sexes.

The law applies to “every woman Yazidi survivor who was kidnapped by ISIS and later liberated, in addition to women and girls from the Turkmen, Christian and Shabak components who were subjected to the same crimes mentioned”, reads the bill, which also applies to men “who survived the mass killing.”

The legislation includes the first legal recognition of the Yazidi genocide by the Iraqi government, a term previously acknowledged only by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). “This recognition by Iraq from the highest authority is one important step toward justice”, tweeted Yazidi activist Murad Ismael of the genocide recognition, which also applies to the other minorities.

Introduced to parliament in April 2019, a special parliamentary committee was formed to amend the draft legislation after push back.

“Some of the objections that were registered by MPs, such as those submitted by the Women’s Committee to change the name of the bill to Iraqi Women Survivors’ Law instead of Yazidis, and some other objections by the components, have contributed to the delay in passing the law”, Yazidi MP Khaleda Rasho told Rudaw English in February, describing the delay as “political” not technical.

A general directorate for female Yazidi affairs will be established, affiliated to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and be based in Nineveh province. Those eligible to benefit from the law must be approved by a committee composed of members from the ministries of justice and interior, the KRG, and headed by a judge from the Supreme Judicial Council.

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  • This is the first time that a Muslim country shows the guts to make a move like this for non-Muslims. Cheers to Iraq

  • For the moment it’s just a law . they’ re really going to enforce it? i mean distribute the money.

  • Great news. In my opinion, this subject could have been expanded into the greater conversation regarding Christian persecution around the world which is currently at an all time high. If you know history you understand that ALL wars have a religious subtext and in my opinion goal to exterminate the Christian population around the area of conflict. I am agnostic but seeing how persecuted these people are and have been throughout history does make you wonder...why so much hostility towards people that are historically peaceful?

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