YSDS intends to prosecute the Peshmergas and the Barzani Government in International courts for rape, genocide and crimes against humanity

“Serious evidence of rape on Yezidi women are emerging against the Peshmrgas”

In the aftermath of ISIS invasion of Shingal, Peshmerga fighters under the leadership of President Barzani of Kurdistan Autonomous region in Iraq killed thousands of  Yezidis in Shingal. 7000 Yezidi women were kidnapped and the entire population were rendered homeless, living their lives in camps under sub-human conditions. ISIS did not act alone. In fact the series of incidents that took place before the ISIS invasion clearly shows how complicit Peshmergas were with ISIS.
The circumstances in which this genocide took place and women were taken away as war booty by ISIS is heart wrenching. On August 02, 2014, on the eve of ISIS’ attack on the Yezidis in Shingal region, more than 10,000 Peshmergas were present in the Shingal region, allegedly there to protect the Yezidis.  In the early hours of the evening, the Yezidis tried desperately to flee for their lives to Mount Shingal, an ancient revered holy place for the Yezidis in Iraq’s Nineveh province to seek shelter, but the Peshmergas would not allow it. At about 10 pm, these same Peshmergas who had promised to defend the Yezidis, began to withdraw from Yezidis’ villages of the Southern side of Mount Sinjar without notifying the Yezidis and they escaped back to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) region. Yezidis begged the local forces for weapons and ammunitions so that they could defend themselves from ISIS.  But the Peshmergas refused.  They would not spare even one weapon, not one round of ammunition to the Yezidi men, women, and children whom they  had trapped in what was a waiting room for death and carnage at the hands of ISIS.  And several Yezidis who begged and pleaded for weapons to save themselves and their people were killed mercilessly by the Peshmergas.  And so, on August 03, 2014 at 2:00 am, ISIS entered Sinjar region.  The stage was set for a massacre of Yezidis, totally unarmed and harmless.  Yezidi women, children, the elderly and empty-handed adults, with no means of self-defence at all — tried to escape the barbarians and flee to Mount Shingal.  It did not take long – only four or five hours it took – for the Yezidis to run out of options for escape and the region was overrun with death and massacre, and ISIS took over Shingal region.   With no means of defense, of course the carnage was immense:  Thousands of men were killed on the spot, including the beheading of hundreds.  The UN estimates that 5000 Yezidis were murdered and thousands of women and children taken hostage. The actual numbers are much much higher as mass graves are being discovered every other day. Thus began the extreme ordeal for 7000+ Yezidi women in the custody of ISIS, being raped and tortured on a daily basis, being treated as sex slaves. Even children are not being spared from rape. Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7, 8 and 9 year old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. Some of these girls in ISIS custody committed suicide by slashing their writs. Some met with explosion and death while trying to escape. Some begged the coalition forces to come and bomb their cells as they believed that their lives have become a living hell.

Then, on August 6, 2014, ISIS again attacked the Yezidis and the Chaldo-Assyrians Christians in Nineveh Plain.  The resulting Genocide took the lives of thousands of Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrians, and other minorities.  ISIS has wiped from existence most culturally diverse areas in the Middle East.  Today, hundreds of thousands who are still alive have taken refuge in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps across the Iraqi Kurdish Region and some (Shia) in the Southern Iraq.  In these camps there is often no fresh drinking water, miserable sanitation and rotten food. The condition for the women and children in these camps are sub-human and pathetic.

Many Yezidi children were stolen from their mothers. These same mothers when they came to plead for the return of their children, were informed by ISIS that they had been fed the flesh of their own children. Children murdered, then fed to their own mothers – are we living in the 21st century !!  The absolute misery of being a Yezidi mom is haunting to the core. Also ISIS militia have burned alive many Yezidi  girls for refusing to convert and marry ISIS men.  Young Yezidi boys are being trained to be jihadists and suicide bombers.  The entire Yezidi population was displaced in less than one day on August 03, 2014.

For the absolute misery of the Yezidis the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are the ones who are to be blamed the most. There are continuous reports of the Peshmergas raping Yezidis systematically with an intention to destroy the remaining Yezidis in Shingal.  The peaceful yezidi women are being raped by the very people who was sent to to help them against ISIS. Also they are working together with ISIS as part of Sunni Fundamentalist Brotherhood continuously planning the slaughter of Yezidis.  Yezidi Sanatan Dharma Society (YSDS) has filed a complaint with RINJ and many other international organizations. In partnership with these organizations it is collecting data and plan to take drag the Peshmergas and KRG to international courts, for genocide, rape and crimes against humanity.  

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