The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority who has faced extreme violence and persecution throughout history. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has inflicted particularly horrendous violence and atrocities on the Yazidis. On Thursday, January 13th, Germany will be voting on a resolution to officially recognize this action as a genocide.
The Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority located primarily in the Nineveh Province in Iraq and in parts of Syria. They practice a religion rooted in ancient Mesopotamian beliefs, consisting of elements from other religions, such as Christianity and Islam. Historically, the Yazidis have faced a great deal of persecution, especially at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century and early 20th century.
However, this persecution reached a new level of horror in 2014 when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) invaded the Nineveh province in Iraq, home to the majority of the Yazidis. In its campaign of terror, ISIL subjected the Yazidis to systematic rape, torture, massacres, and other atrocities, leading to the displacement of over 300,000 Yazidis and the death of roughly 10,000 Yazidis.
To bring justice to the Yazidis, Germany will be voting this Thursday on a resolution through the United Nations to officially recognize these acts as crimes of genocide and to condemn the Islamic State for its inhumanity.
This resolution is the result of an agreement between Germany and the United Nations in 2018, in which Germany committed to taking the lead on the matter and advocating for the recognition of the acts committed by ISIL as genocide.
Although the recognition of these crimes is long overdue, the fact that Germany is taking the initiative to address the situation is a sign of hope for the Yazidis. Most importantly, it puts pressure to take action on countries that are known to be allies of the Islamic State.
The ultimate goal of this resolution is to bring justice to the Yazidis and to ensure that the perpetrators of these terrible crimes will face justice. It is expected that this resolution, if approved, will bring a new era of hope and progress to the Yazidi community and help them to finally move past this tragedy.
The eyes of the international community are on Germany this Thursday as they await the result of their vote. It is expected that the vote will pass in favor of the Yazidis, bringing a much-needed step forward in justice and recognition of the Yazidi people. Only time will tell if this motion will be the first step towards justice for the Yazidis. Yazidis: Germany to vote on declaring IS crimes as genocide – DW – 01/13/2023:
Lawmakers in Germany are seeking to classify war crimes fully commited in Iraq and Syria by the so-called “Islamic Condition” from the Yazidi community as genocide. 1000’s were massacred and 1000’s additional ended up enslaved.