In 2014, Daesh unleashed its genocidal campaign against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities aiming the destruction of the groups from the region. On 3 August 2014, Daesh massacred thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar, Iraq. The same fate has met Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. Many people were killed or abducted; tens of thousands were forced to flee. Ninevah Plains in Iraq became the ghost region hunted by Daesh.
The international community has spoken and recognised the Daesh atrocities as genocide. However, the response to the atrocities does not go with the crime of crimes.
Military and humanitarian actions have been deployed and are ongoing. Some of the military actions were successful in liberating towns in Ninevah Plains. Towns that were under Daesh terror for over 2 years and 3 months. Towns of destruction, rubble, and ashes.
Despite some military successes, the question of impunity remains.
Steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice. It is justice in a court that can break this vicious circle. It is justice in a court that can discourage others from joining Daesh. It is justice in a court that can send the message that the world cares about the victims, cares to hear their testimonies, to know what they have been through.
Without this justice in court, no one will bother reaching out to the victims, forgetting them, and making them feel insignificant yet again. Victims of Daesh atrocities must be at the centre of attention of the approach to defeating Daesh. Any other approach misses the point. And the point is not to be missed yet again as our humanity hangs on it.
Months after the UN House of Commons adopted the daily motion recognising the Daesh atrocities as genocide and calling upon HMG to take a UN resolution referring the situation to the ICC (on 20 April 2016), this has not been done yet.
As urgent steps are needed to end impunity, your support is crucial.
Please sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171078