On Tuesday, April 23rd, Nadia Murad and the Nadia’s Initiative team attended the United Nations Security Council’s meeting on sexual violence in conflict. Nadia, her fellow Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney addressed the council prior to a vote on a German-drafted resolution to reduce sexual violence in conflict and end rape as a weapon of war:
Ms. Murad said that some Yazidi women who had been subjected to sexual violence at the hand of ISIS had “broken the barrier of silence” and “told their stories to the world,” hoping for justice.
“However, so far, not a single person was tried for sexual enslavement crimes against the Yazidis,” she informed the Council, adding that more than 350,000 Yazidis are still displaced in camps.
“After five years since the genocide against my people, as the world stood and watched, no clear steps have been taken to save the surviving Yazidis,” she said.
Asking that those perpetrators who “used Yazidi women as weapons of war” be brought to justice, Ms. Murad urged that they be tried before an international tribunal “for crimes of genocide and sexual violence against women and children” to send a message to others that would “prevent such crimes in the future."
Read more about the UNSC meeting [here]
Prior to the UNSC meeting, Nadia and Dr. Denis Mukwege published an opinion piece urging the Security Council to stand in solidarity with survivors of rape and conflict:
We commend Germany’s initiative to introduce a new Security Council resolution during its Presidency which, importantly, recognizes the need for survivor centric approaches.
We recognize this is a critical and historical moment in terms of how the crime of sexual violence is used as a weapon of war, the role terrorism plays, and how both are addressed. We are pleased that unprecedented attention regarding the plight of survivors and their needs are being considered. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that the international community is failing to prevent these mass atrocities from occurring.
Read the entire piece [here]