Presented jointly by the government coalition and the conservative opposition, the measure aimed to recognize the ” genocide committed in 2014 to the Yazidi community was voted on Thursday by the German parliament. This massacre was orchestrated by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq. The text voted by the elected officials determined that ” one of IS’s goals was the total eradication of the Yazidi community. More than 5,000 Yazidis have been tortured and brutally killed by IS “.
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This motion approved by the Bundestag also recalls the horrors experienced by this minority: ” Men were forced to convert, and if they refused, they were immediately executed or deported and enslaved as forced laborers. “Respect for women” they were enslaved, raped and sold “.
Several requests have also been made to the German government. First, the text recommends legal proceedings against the suspects in Germany. Another important measure is financial support for the Yazidis. You should know that one of the largest Yazidi communities lives on the other side of the Rhine. The parliament also demanded that the executive help rebuild the destroyed Yazidi settlements.
A welcome decision
This decision was welcomed by several personalities in the bruised community. The leader of the Yazidi bloc in the Iraqi Parliament referred to this particular recognition as “ a historical turning point “.
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” We hope that other countries will do the same and that the victims will thus obtain justice. added Nechirvan Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region where thousands of Yazidis now live.
Source : Le JDD