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Iraq Passes Milestone Yazidi Female Survivors Law

A hand rests inside a small container of purple paint, surrounded by red, purple, and green handprints on a large white sheet.
Photo credit: Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR)

The Iraqi Parliament passed the Yazidi Female Survivors Law on March 1, 2021, legally recognizing ISIS crimes against Iraq’s Yazidi community as genocide and mandating reparations for Yazidi women survivors. Importantly, the law also recognizes conflict-related sexual violence and its particular usage by ISIS against Yazidi women. MADRE is proud to partner with the Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR), playing a pivotal role in the development and passage of the bill. The Iraqi government must now fully implement the law while also ensuring that all survivors of ISIS violence receive recognition and redress for the crimes committed against them. Meeting the needs of all survivors will strengthen the success of the new law, minimize divisions among survivors and their communities, and enhance efforts towards sustainable peace.

Yazidi Female Survivors Law (Arabic)

March 3, 2021