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ABUSES AGAINST YEZIDI WOMEN AND MINORITIES BY ISIL

EDM (Early Day Motion) 920: tabled on 25 March 2015

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House remains extremely concerned about the treatment of minorities in Iraq and parts of Syria by ISIL (also known as Daesh), and in particular the persecution of Yezidi women who have been brutally targeted since August 2014 and continue to be held in ISIL captivity in large numbers as part of ISIL's ruthless attempts to eliminate non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslims in the area; is appalled by the evidence of abuses against these women including enslavement, torture and tape; notes the recently released Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which concludes that the acts committed by ISIL against the Yezidi minority might constitute genocide; also notes the traumatising effects of these abuses, which have caused some women and girls to commit suicide; and calls on the Government and its international partners to increase humanitarian efforts to protect Yezidi women, and minority communities more generally, in the region, to do more to locate and release women held captive, to improve protection and facilities for those women who have been released or have escaped, and to assist in gathering evidence for use in future prosecutions of the perpetrators.