Publication of the report by the FIDH on “Sexual crimes against the Yazidi community: the role of Daesh foreign fighters” (25 October 2018)

We took note yesterday of the report by the FIDH on the atrocious crimes committed in a systematic manner against hundreds of Yazidi women who were singled out as targets by Daesh.

During his meeting with Nadia Murad, a winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, President Macron reaffirmed France’s commitment to combating impunity for crimes committed in Syria and Iraq, which should, in many cases, be classified as crimes against humanity. He announced several important initiatives in support of the Yazidi population.

France has taken resolute action to combat impunity for the crimes committed in Syria and Iraq in a number of ways. France has supported several projects, including the FIDH investigation aimed at gathering evidence of the crimes committed by Daesh against the Yazidi population, with a view to initiating legal proceedings. France co-sponsored UNSCR 2379 which provides for the creation of an investigation team tasked with collecting evidence of all crimes perpetrated by Daesh in Iraq. We also reaffirm our commitment to the zero tolerance policy with respect to sexual violence: France will make the fight against sexual violence one of the priority action areas of its presidency of the G7 in order to identify the course of action that will most effectively prevent violence and facilitate the social reintegration of victims.

Furthermore, President Macron announced during Nadia Murad’s visit that France would strengthen its assistance for the Sinjar region, in terms of humanitarian support as well with respect to support for reconstruction. France has already mobilized €7.5 million to help the Yazidi population in Iraq. He also decided to lend his patronage to the launch by Nadia Murad of a fund to help rebuild Sinjar, which will notably help build infrastructure, schools and hospitals as well as encourage the uprooted Yazidi population to return home. President Macron invited Nadia Murad to present this initiative to several heads of state and government at the Paris Peace Forum on November 11.

President Macron also announced that in response to Nadia Murad’s proposal, France would receive 100 Yazidi women who have suffered at the hands of Daesh and who are trapped without medical care in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. 20 of them should be received by the end of the year and the others will be received in 2019.

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