The plight of the Yezidi people
An unlamented and continuing genocide
- 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.
House of Commons & Community Events
Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Tuesday 25th June 2019 18.30 – 20.30
SSSS Mandal Kum Kum, Shree Swaminarayan Temple
Unit 9 – 10 Parr Road, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1NL
Friday 28th June 2019 19.00 – 21.00
Shree Hindu Temple & Community Centre
34 St. Barnabas Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 4BD
Saturday 29th June 2019 10.00 – 12.00
GRS Lions Club
Church Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 9AX
Saturday 29th June 2019 16.00 – 18.00
Dr. Matthew Offord MP for Hendon (Cons)
Mr. Henry Smith MP for Crawley (Cons)
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East (Lab)
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.
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.
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.
Event coordinators and assistance
Minesh Patel M: 07961 099 998 E: Minesh.Patel65@gmail.com – Greater London
Vipul Mistry M: 07968 776 304 E: email@example.com – West Midlands & North
Jitu Mistry M: 07982 260 176 E: firstname.lastname@example.org – East Midlands
Mukesh Naker M: 07713 137 425 E: Mukesh.Naker@d-s-p.org.uk – Rest
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.”