The plight of the Yezidi people

An unlamented and continuing genocide

There have been numerous genocidal attempts to eradicate the Yezidis throughout their history.

  • Over centuries, countless Yezidis have been forcibly converted to Islam or killed.
  • In 2014, ISIS conquered the Sinjar area and began a campaign to eradicate the religious tradition, cultural heritage, and way of life of this non-Muslim minority.
  • Large numbers of men—and elderly men and women—were summarily slaughtered in mass executions.
  • Over 3,000 women and children were abducted as war booty, separated from their families, categorized according to appearance, and auctioned into sexual enslavement.
  • Both Islamic State personnel and some segments of the local populations of Mosul, Raqqa, and other areas of Iraq and Syria participated in the sexual enslavement and selling of Yezidi women and girls.
  • Despite worldwide awareness of this crisis, the majority of Iraqi Yezidis remain living in tented refugee camps, still unable to rebuild their homes in Sinjar.
  • Yezidis of Iraq remain at risk of further mass killings, due to the continuing prevalence of extremist ideologies.
  • Though the ISIS infrastructure has been broken, large numbers of female Yezidis remain missing today, still held as slaves by civilian families in Iraq.

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House of Commons & Community Events

London

Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament

Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Tuesday 25th June 2019 18.30 – 20.30

London/Stanmore

SSSS Mandal Kum Kum,  Shree Swaminarayan Temple

Unit 9 – 10 Parr Road, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1NL

Friday 28th June 2019 19.00 – 21.00

Leicester

Shree Hindu Temple & Community Centre

34 St. Barnabas Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 4BD

Saturday 29th June 2019 10.00 – 12.00

Birmingham

GRS Lions Club

Church Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 9AX

Saturday 29th June 2019 16.00 – 18.00

Hosted by

Dr. Matthew Offord MP for Hendon (Cons)
Mr. Henry Smith MP for Crawley (Cons)
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East (Lab)

Speakers

Anne Norona

Anne Norona is founder of Yezidi Emergency Support (Y.E.S) www.yezidiemergencysupport.com and works as a practice nurse in Cornwall. Anne has spent the last 4 years working consistently with Yezidis both abroad and in Iraq and has visited Sinjar and...

Gautam Sen

Gautam Sen, Ph.D. taught international political economic for more than two decades to graduates, as the Course Director for the Masters in Politics of the World Economy, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. An author and prolific...

Matthew Barber

Matthew Travis Barber is a PhD student studying Islamic thought and history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Matthew was living in Iraq and performing research within the Yazidi community in 2014...

Professor Christine Robins

My main areas of interest are orality, literacy and popular culture across the Middle East and especially amongst the Kurds. Much of my written work has focused on the Yezidis, a Kurdish religious minority. I am currently preparing a book on discourses of...

Salwa Khalaf

A survivor of ISIS captivity, Salwa Khalaf wants the world to understand what happened to the Yezidis and to bring attention to the horrific suffering which continues for the 3,000 Yezidi women and children remaining in captivity today.

Thomas “Tom” Holland

Thomas "Tom" Holland is an English writer and popular historian who has published best-selling books on topics including classical and medieval history and the origins of Islam. He has worked with the BBC to create and host historical television...

Matthew Barber

Matthew Barber is a PhD student at the University of Chicago who studies Islamic studies and Yazidism, and who follows events in the Levant and Iraq.

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Thomas "Tom" Holland

Thomas “Tom” Holland is an English writer and popular historian who has published best-selling books on topics including classical and medieval history and the origins of Islam. He has worked with the BBC to create and host historical television documentaries.

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Anne Norona

Anne is founder of Yezidi Emergency Support (YES) and a registered general nurse, currently working as a practice nurse for the National Health Service in England. Specialising in intensive care and tropical diseases, Anne spent time in a hospital in Haiti as a volunteer paediatric nurse for the poor between 1998 and 2000.

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Gautam Sen

Gautam Sen, Ph.D. taught international political economic for more than two decades to graduates, as the Course Director for the Masters in Politics of the World Economy, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. An author and prolific contributor to various media outlets, he is now Director of the Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation.

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Salwa Khalaf

A survivor of ISIS captivity, Salwa Khalaf wants the world to understand what happened to the Yezidis and to bring attention to the horrific suffering which continues for the 3,000 Yezidi women and children remaining in captivity today.

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Professor Christine Robins

Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison) is the Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies.

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Promoters/Co-ordinators

This event is in collaboration with Yezidi Emergency Support (Y.E.S.) www.yezidiemergencysupport.org Reg. Charity 1174562. Our special thanks to Anne Norona, Founder of Y.E.S.

Event coordinators and assistance

Minesh Patel M: 07961 099 998 E: Minesh.Patel65@gmail.com – Greater London

Vipul Mistry M: 07968 776 304 E: mistry197@btinternet.com – West Midlands & North

Jitu Mistry M: 07982 260 176 E: jitumistry@ntlworld.com – East Midlands

Mukesh Naker M: 07713 137 425 E: Mukesh.Naker@d-s-p.org.uk – Rest

Acknowledgements

DIPF is grateful and would like to acknowledge the help and support given for the hosting of the HOC Event by Dr. Matthew Offord MP for Hendon (Cons), Mr. Henry Smith MP for Crawley (Cons), Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East (Lab) and the three community organisations, SSSS Mandal Kum Kum, Houses of Parliament, Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore. Shree Hindu Temple & Community Centre in Leicester and GRS Lions Club, Birmingham.

Introduction to DIPF

Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation (DIPF) is a think tank which works to articulate policy impacts on the Dharmic communities in United Kingdom and elsewhere. These policies can originate from central or local governments and other policy-making institutions. DIPF was launched in 2015 at an event attended by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus. Speaking at the launch of DIPF at the House of Commons, Mr Blackman pledged his support for the initiative. “The Dharmic faiths have contributed massively to the very life of this country.  They have succeeded in all sectors but have often been limited when it came to political engagement”, Mr Blackman said. “DIPF is a great idea that brings the wealth of talent from the Dharmic communities to engage directly within the political arena thereby enhancing the quality of debate for the whole of society.  I welcome this initiative and give it my full support.”