Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State and became advocates for women’s rights, were honored on Thursday with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award. Read more in The New York Times.
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two Yazidi survivors of enslavement by the Islamic State (ISIS) have been awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The prize, established in 1988, recognizes those who have made an “exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe. Ms. Murad and Ms. Bashar have […]
The Canadian parliament has recognized the Yezidi genocide in a unanimous vote with survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad present. Read More.
Dear Members of Parliament, I am honoured to write to you today. It is my understanding that on October 25th, 2016 there will be a vote to recognize the Yazidi Genocide and support receiving Yazidi women, girls and children who become victims of ISIS sexual enslavement. I am currently in Ottawa to witness the vote […]
“I was not raised to give speeches,” she said. “Neither was I born to meet world leaders, nor to represent a cause so heavy, so difficult,” she said. But she would continue “so that one day we can look our abusers in the eye in a court in The Hague and tell the world what […]
“What’s less clear is whether the international community will complement its celebration of Murad’s strong protest for greater international action against the Islamic State by preventing the same crime from being continuously visited upon those she left behind, including her own family.” Read more in Foreign Policy Magazine.
“How, then, I asked, did it feel to be anointed by the U.N., to be recognized as a person of significance? “The terrorists who have done these things to me, to us, they humiliated us,” she replied. “They gave us no value. So for me to stand beside Ban Ki-moon, for someone like him to […]
“The ultimate goal is to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute the crimes committed by ISIS commanders against the Yazidis, for what the United Nations and U.S. State Department agree is genocide.” Watch more on NBC.
The appointment ceremony of Ms. Nadia Murad Basee Taha as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking is now available on demand on the UN Web TV website.
“This is the first time I have spoken in this chamber. I wish I could say I’m proud to be here but I am not. I am ashamed as a supporter of the United Nations that states are failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find that their own interests get in the […]