German Bundestag recognizes Yezidi Genocide

BERLIN — During a session on 9 November, the German Bundestag voted to recognize the Yezidi Genocide committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014.

Human rights organization Yazda said that the official recognition of the Yezidi genocide represents an important step in the accountability and justice efforts of the Yezidi community.

The organization expressed its deep gratitude to the Bundestag and other governments that have recognized the Yezidi Genocide, especially the Government of Luxembourg for their continued support for the Yezidi community and their efforts to confront the human rights violations committed by ISIS.

In August 2014, the Islamic State attacked the Shigur (Sinjar / Shengal) region of Iraq, killing and kidnapping thousands of civilians, many of them women and children.

Over the past seven years, Yazda, in cooperation with other international human rights organizations, succeeded in urging the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, the US Congress, the French National Assembly, and a number of other European parliaments to recognize the massacres and crimes targeting the Yezidi people as genocide.