An Organization: Documentation of the Brutalities toward the IDPs

January 31, 2017 at 9:45 am

The Minority Net Alliance of Iraq has published a report about the brutalities that are taking place towards the Yezidis since the arrival of ISIS and gaining of control over Mosul and the surrounding regions; it has been revealed that more than 400 thousand Yazidis have escaped and became refugees and IDPs, with some of them being apprehended in the Kurdistan region because of political bases.

In the report, which  KirkukNow received a copy of mentions that, “After ISIS forces took control over Sinjar and the surrounding villages, they have abducted 6255 Yazidis, and 41% of them have been  rescued up until now, which is approximately 2584 people consisting of 931 women and 1323 children.  According to the report, 59% of the abducted people are still being held under the control of ISIS which consists of 1940 people including men, women and children. And this is separate from the discovery of a death squad and mass murder of 30 children.

Regarding the apprehending of the Yazidis because of the political bases in Erbil, Duhok, and Sulaymaniah, the net has registered two cases in which one of them is a Yazidi woman named Basime Derwesh who is a 34-year-old housewife with four children.

On August 3, 2014, Basime and her husband were kidnapped along with 33 other people and they were transferred to Tal Afar, a district of prefecture of Nineveh and still controlled by ISIS. As mentioned in the report, when Basime was apprehended by ISIS, she was obliged to give false information to Peshmerga forces and tell them that the house she was in was empty and that no one else was in the house.  “After the Peshmerga forces entered the house, three Peshmergas were killed by ISIS forces”.  Since that time, Basime has been arrested and imprisoned in one of the detainment facilities in Erbil. Indeed, even following the demands of many international associations, she still has not yet been released.

The report also talks about the arrest of political activist Heider Shesho by the security forces because he was believed to be responsible for making an illegal military force in Sinjar after the takeover by ISIS.  They have stated that, “The military force was composed of the laws from the ministry of Peshmerga. However the charge against Shesho was a political allegation because during the investigations, it was declared that the army was composed based on the regulations of the administration of Hashd Al-Shaabe which was assembled by the Iraqi government and parliament following the creation of a special law for this. So, several days after the arrest, Shesho was released by the president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

On August 3, 2016, armed ISIS forces took control of the prefecture of Sinjar and the surrounding villages. Most of its population is made up of Yazidis people. On November 13th, 2016, ISIS was driven out from Sinjar with the cooperation of the Peshmerga forces, the Yazidis fighters, PKK, and with the help of the alliance jet fighters

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