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Iraq Izadis call for ICC inquiry into Daesh crimes

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Iraqi Izadi boy walks at a refugee camp in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Malikiyah. ©AFP

Two groups of Iraq's Izadi minority population have called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into crimes committed by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group against the Kurdish-speaking community.

In a meeting in the Dutch city of The Hague on Thursday, the Free Yezidi Foundation and Yazda submitted to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a report detailing acts of savagery perpetrated by Daesh in northern Iraq since August last year.

Murad Ismael from the Yazda group said the report indicated that Daesh “has systematically committed atrocities amounting to genocide and that these crimes fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC."

The document entails the killing of the sick and the elderly, the summary executions of over 700 Izadi men, the rape of thousands of women and the abduction of children.

Back in April, Bensouda said that although Daesh appeared to be committing grave crimes in Iraq and Syria, the case could not be probed as the two countries are not signatories to the ICC.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda ©AFP


The new report, however, argues that the court has jurisdiction over some 5,000-7,500 foreign Daesh elements, who come from ICC member states, including approximately 2,000 from Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Foreigners are “a significant portion” of Daesh, Ismael told Reuters, adding, "They are responsible for running the media, they are responsible for the funding, they are responsible for the training, and more importantly, foreign members that we were able to identify were responsible for the sex trade in Izadi women and girls, some as young as six years old."

In August 2014, Daesh extremists attacked areas of northern Iraq, which are home to many of the Arab country's minorities.

According to figures released by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the Daesh assault left 1,280 Izadis dead and hundreds missing.

Ismael said that "more than 3,000 innocent women and children remain captive... subject to systematic rape on a daily basis” at the hands of the terrorists.

Daesh Takfiris have committed gruesome crimes and terrorized members of various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during their onslaught in Iraq and Syria. 

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