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Re: PLEASE RESCUE ENSLAVED YAZIDI WOMEN & GIRLS

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Re: PLEASE RESCUE ENSLAVED YAZIDI WOMEN & GIRLS

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:42 pm

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This dog nearly died after IS attacked Sinjar, but was saved by local Yazidi forces:

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YAZIDI WOMEN & CHILDREN IMPRISONED SEXUALLY ABUSED
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Iraq Slave Markets Sell Women for $10 to Attract Isis Recruits

Islamic militants selling Christian and Yazidi women, according to UN
By Fiona Keating

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Islamic militants in Iraq have created slave markets, trading and selling women and children of Christian and Yazidi groups, according to UN investigators.

At least 2,500 women and children have been imprisoned, sexually abused and sold for around $10 each by Isis slavers.

The slave markets in the al-Quds area of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria have been used as a way of attracting new recruits to Islamic State, the UN said according to a Times report.

Women who were captured at the end of August managed to contact the UN, having kept hold of their mobile phones. They reported being subject to sexual assaults.

The UN study is based on claims made in 450 interviews with Iraqi witnesses to alleged war crimes.

UN high commissioner for human rRights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein told the Daily Mail: "The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity."

One 13-year-old Yazidi girl gave a harrowing account of what happened to her after she was abducted by Isis from her village on 3 August.

"She stated that ISIL [Islamic State] took hundreds of women who had not been able to flee to Jabal Sinjar," stated the report. "The girl stated that she was raped several times by several ISIL fighters, before she was sold to a market."

Other accounts detail how women were separated from their children and made to watch beheading videos.

Sold into slavery and gang raped

One Yazidi woman was given to 10 Islamic State men. "We were sold for $10 or $12. Who could accept that behaviour? Can God accept that?" the woman told Euronews. "It's a shame to rape a woman, but when she is raped by 10 men… what is this? They are animals, they are not humans. Because of them I am afraid all the time."

She managed to flee her captors with the help of sympathetic local residents and sought safety in Mosul.

A 17-year-old woman said she was being held captive with 40 other Yazidi women by Islamic State fighters.

"I beg you not to publish my name because I'm so ashamed of what they are doing to me. There's a part of me that just wants to die. But there is another part of me that still hopes that I will be saved and that I will be able to embrace my parents once again," she told Italy's La Repubblica newspaper.

The newspaper was able to interview her by calling her on her mobile phone, after being given the number by her parents, who are in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We've asked our jailers to shoot us dead, to kill us, but we are too valuable for them. They keep telling us that we are unbelievers because we are non-Muslims and that we are their property, like war booty. They say we are like goats bought at a market."

The UN High Commission for Human Rights reported that trade in malak yumin – war booty – is at very high levels.

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Re: Iraq Slave Markets Sell Yazidi Women & Girls for $10

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Re: PLEASE help Yazidi Women & Children held by ISIS

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:20 am

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Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity in IS group

MAQLUBA, Iraq (AP) — The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.

The 15-year-old is now with what is left of her family — two of her brothers and some more distant relatives — living in a makeshift roadside shelter in this tiny village in northern Iraq, along with other families shattered by the onslaught from the Islamic State militant group.

Her two sisters remain in the militants’ hands, and her father, other brothers and other male relatives have vanished, their fates unknown.

The girl was among hundreds of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority captured by Islamic State fighters in early August when the militants overran her hometown of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq. Hundreds were killed in the attack, and tens of thousands fled for their lives, most to the Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq.

Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry said at the time that hundreds of women were abducted by the militants, who consider the Yazidis a heretical sect.

The Associated Press spoke to the girl and several other young women who escaped captivity by the Islamic State group. While specifics of their stories could not be independently confirmed, they reflected circumstances reported by the United Nations last month.

They each independently painted a similar picture of how the militants scattered them around the broad swath of territory controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and sold the girls to the group’s foreign fighters or other supporters for “marriage.”

For weeks after being snatched from Sinjar, the 15-year-old girl and two of her sisters were shifted from one place to another, she said. The AP does not identify victims of abuse, and the girl also did not want to be named for fear of reprisals against her relatives still being held by the militants.

As she told her story, the girl rubbed her hands and avoided eye contact. But she spoke decisively and clearly, never hesitating when asked questions. She asked her relatives to leave the room, saying she was more comfortable speaking alone.

First, she said, she and other girls were taken to the nearby town of Tal Afar, where she was kept in the Badosh Prison. When US airstrikes began around the town, the militants took her and many other girls with them to the Islamic State group’s biggest stronghold, Mosul, in northern Iraq.

From the city of Mosul, she and her sisters were taken to the militants’ de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa. There they were held in a house with other abducted girls.

“They took girls to Syria to sell them,” she said, her body shyly hunched over as she spoke. “I was sold in Syria. I stayed about five days with my two sisters, then one of my sisters was sold and taken (back) to Mosul, and I remained in Syria.”

In Raqqa, she said, she was first married off to a Palestinian man. She claims she shot him, saying the Palestinian’s Iraqi housekeeper who was in a dispute with the man helped her by giving her a gun. She fled, but she had nowhere to run. So she went to the only place she knew, she said — the house where she was first held with the other girls in Raqqa.

There, the militants did not recognize her and sold her off again — for $1,000 to a Saudi fighter, she said. The Saudi militant took her to a house where he lived with other fighters.

“He told me, ‘I’m going to change your name to Abeer, so your mother doesn’t recognize you,'” she said. “You’ll become Muslim, then I will marry you. But I refused to become a Muslim and that’s why I fled.”

She said she saw the fighters at time taking a powdered drug. So she poured it into tea she served to the Saudi and the other men, causing them to fall asleep. Then she fled the house.

She found a man who would drive her to Turkey to meet her brother. Her brother then borrowed $2,000 from friends to pay a smuggler to get them both back to Iraq. They ended up in Maqluba, a tiny roadside hamlet just outside the Kurdish city of Dahuk, where several other Yazidi families are staying.

The other women who spoke to The AP described difficult conditions, where the militant fighters would deprive them of enough food, water or even a place to sit. They all reported having seen dozens of other Yazidi women and children as young as 5-years old in captivity, and they all said that they have relatives who are still missing.

Amsha Ali, a 19-year-old, said she was taken from Sinjar to Mosul. Ali was around six months pregnant at the time. The last she saw of her husband and other men in her family as she was being dragged off, was the scene of the militants forcing them to lie on the ground, apparently to shoot them. Ali agreed to be identified, saying she wanted the ordeals of the women to be known.

In Mosul, she said, she and other women were taken to a house full of Islamic State fighters to be married off. “Each of them took one of us for themselves,” she said. She too was given to a fighter. She said she was never raped by the man — likely because of her pregnancy, she said — but she witnessed other girls being raped.

After several weeks, she was able to slip out of a bathroom window at night and escape. A Mosul resident who found her in the streets helped her get out of the city to nearby Kurdish territory on Aug. 28, she said. She said she tried to convince other women to flee with her, but they were too afraid. “Because they were so terrified, they are left there and now I know nothing about them,” she said.

Now Ali is with her father and a surviving sister living in an unfinished building in the town of Sharia, where some 5,000 Yazidi refugees live, also near Dahuk.

“The killing was not the hardest thing for me,” she said of seeing fellow Yazidis slain in the assault on Sinjar. “Even though they forced my husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law on the ground to be murdered — it was painful — but marrying (the militant) was the worst. It was hardest thing for me.”

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Re: Kidnapped Yazidi girl tell her shocking story

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:15 am

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Iraq: Forced Marriage, Conversion for Yezidis

Victims, Witnesses Describe Islamic State’s Brutality to Captives

(Dohuk, Iraq) - The armed group Islamic State is holding hundreds of Yezidi men, women, and children from Iraq captive in formal and makeshift detention facilities in Iraq and Syria.

The group has systematically separated young women and teenage girls from their families and has forced some of them to marry its fighters, according to dozens of relatives of the detainees, 16 Yezidis who escaped Islamic State detention, and two detained women interviewed by phone. They said the group has also taken away boys and forced captives to convert to Islam.

“The Islamic State’s litany of horrific crimes against the Yezidis in Iraq only keeps growing,” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch. “We heard shocking stories of forced religious conversions, forced marriage, and even sexual assault and slavery – and some of the victims were children.”

None of the former or current female detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they had been raped, though four of them said that they had fought off violent sexual attacks and that other detained women and girls told them that Islamic State fighters had raped them. One woman said she saw Islamic State fighters buying girls, and a teenage girl said a fighter bought her for US$1,000.

The systematic abduction and abuse of Yezidi civilians may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.

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Interviewees said Islamic State fighters captured the Yezidis, members of a religious minority, during the group’s offensive in northwest Iraq on August 3, 2014. In the first days, the group held the men, women, and children together. Islamic State then separated its captives into three categories: older women and mothers with younger children, in some cases with older men or husbands; women in their early 20s and adolescent girls; and younger men and older boys.

Islamic State has also detained at least several dozen civilians from other religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians and Shia Shabaks and Turkmen, representatives of those groups and relatives of detainees said.

The precise number of people being held is unknown because of ongoing fighting in Iraq and because the vast majority of Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Shabaks and Turkmen fled to various areas across Iraq and neighboring countries when the group seized members of their communities. Dozens of captives have escaped but remain in hiding, Yezidi activists said.

In September and early October, Human Rights Watch interviewed 76 displaced Yezidis in the cities of Duhok, Zakho, and Erbil and surrounding areas in Iraqi Kurdistan. They reported that Islamic State was holding a total of 366 of their family members. The interviewees showed Human Rights Watch lists, identity cards, or photographs of relatives they said were imprisoned, or gave their names and other details. Many said they had sporadic phone contact with the prisoners, who had hidden their phones.

The two current detainees reached by phone, both women, and the 16 escapees – two men, seven women, and seven girls – said they had seen hundreds of other Yezidis in detention. Some said the number was more than 1,000.

One witness, Naveen, said she escaped in early September with her four children, ages 3, 4, 6, and 10, after a month in captivity. She said she saw Islamic State fighters taking Yezidi women and girls as “brides” from two buildings where she had been held – Badoush Prison near Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and a school in Tal Afar, a city to the west. Some fighters gave the women gold as a mahr, a dowry from a husband:

I saw them take all of them, about 10 young women and girls [on different days]. Some were as young as 12 or 13, and up to age 20. Some they had to pull away with force. Some of the young women were married but without children, so they [Islamic State] didn’t believe they were married.

Days later, Naveen said, the captors allowed the newly married women and girls to return to the prison briefly:

They said, “They married us; we had no choice.” They had gold they said they were given. Then they [the Islamic State] took them away again and they were crying.

One 17-year-old girl, Adlee, said a “big bearded man” had picked her from a group of young female detainees in Mosul and taken her and another captured girl to Fallujah in Anbar province:

I was cowering in a woman’s lap. She spoke to me as if I were her daughter, telling me, “Don’t be scared; I won’t let them take you.” But the man looked at me and said, “You are mine,” and he quickly took me to his big military vehicle.

The fighter took the two girls to a house in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, she said. “They were hitting us and slapping us to make us surrender,” she said. After two days there, the two girls managed to escape. “As much as we could, we didn’t let them touch our bodies,” she said. “Everything they did, they did by force.”

A 15-year-old girl, Rewshe, who escaped on September 7, told Human Rights Watch that in late August, after she had been held for about three weeks, Islamic State forces transported her in a convoy of four buses to Raqqa, Syria, with her sister and about 200 other young women and girls, and detained them in a large house in the southern part of the city. The following day, a group of armed men came and took away 20 of the captives. Rewshe said the guards told her that the men had bought the women and girls.

The next day, Rewshe said, an Islamic State leader whom others called “emir” (commander) sold her and her 14-year-old sister to a Palestinian fighter with Islamic State. Rewshe said she did not see the exchange of money but the fighter told her with pride that he had bought her for US $1,000. The fighter sold Rewshe’s sister that night to another fighter, Rewshe said, and took Rewshe to an apartment on the outskirts of Raqqa. There she said she fended off the man’s sexual attack and escaped through an unlocked door while he slept.

The statements of current and former female detainees raise serious concerns about rape and sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters, though the extent of these abuses remains unclear, Human Rights Watch said.

The stigma surrounding rape in the Yezidi community and the fear of reprisal against women and girls who disclose sexual violence could in part explain the low number of first-hand reports, Yezidi activists said. Even acknowledging capture by Islamic State can put women and girls in danger, they said. Scarce services for displaced Yezidis who have undergone trauma, including sexual assault, also may limit options for women and girls to report sexual violence, as well as their willingness to do so.

Islamic State fighters also took boys from their families, apparently for religious or military training, three escapees and a Yezidi human rights activist interviewing escapees said. One 28-year-old man who escaped, Khider, said he watched his captors separate 14 boys ages 8 to 12 at a military base Islamic State had seized in Sinjar:

The older brothers of those boys became so scared. They asked, “Where are you taking them?” They [Islamic State fighters] said, “Don’t worry, we will feed and take care of them. We will take them to a base to teach the Quran, how to fight, and how to be jihadis.”

Khider said the fighters forced him and other captives to convert to Islam, including in a mass ceremony in which he participated with more than 200 Yezidi men, women, and children whom the group had driven to Syria:

They made us recite the shahada [Islamic creed] three times. … Even the little children had to recite it, anyone who was old enough to speak. . … The Yezidi people were crying and scared. They asked us, “Is there anyone who does not want to convert to Islam?” Of course we all kept silent, because if anybody refused, he or she would be killed.

Human Rights Watch is withholding or changing the names of all interviewed captives, former captives and their relatives, and withholding the locations of most interviews and places of detention, for their protection.

Accounts by survivors and area residents:-

Background: Expulsions, Killings, and Abductions

More than 500,000 Yezidis and other religious minorities have fled Islamic State attacks in northern Iraq since June, most to the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to the United Nations and regional officials.

During its wave of assaults in and around Sinjar that began on August 3, Islamic State fighters killed scores or even hundreds of male Yezidi civilians, then carried off their relatives, the United Nations and local and international human rights organizations reported. Human Rights Watch interviews with Yezidis who fled these attacks, including more than three dozen witnesses to the mass killings of civilians, support those reports.

Since capturing Mosul on June 10, Islamic State has systematically targeted Iraq’s minority communities of Yezidis, Shia Shabaks, Shia Turkmen, and Christians. It ordered Christians in the city of Mosul to convert to Islam, pay a tax as non-Muslims (jizya), flee, or face “the sword.” Human Rights Watch has documented how Islamic State and other extremist Sunni groups have abducted, expelled, or killed Yezidis and other minorities before the June assault.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported on October 2 that, based on “local sources,” Islamic State was holding up to 2,500 Yezidi civilians, mostly women and children. Iraqi human rights activists gave Human Rights Watch similar estimates.

Members of one Yezidi group documenting violations gave Human Rights Watch a database with 3,133 names and ages of Yezidis they said Islamic State had kidnapped or killed, or who had been missing since the Islamic State assaults of early August, based on interviews with displaced Yezidis in Iraqi Kurdistan. The list included 2,305 people believed to have been as abducted – 412 of them children. Thirty-one of these people were also on the lists given to Human Rights Watch by relatives of the detained.

Detention of Other Minorities

The vast majority of Islamic State prisoners are Yezidis, but the group has captured smaller numbers of other religious and ethnic minorities, according to community leaders, human rights activists, and interviews with relatives of detained people. A leader of the Shia Shabak community said he had a list of 137 men who were missing since Islamic State took control of their areas east of Mosul in August. Another Shabak activist said the group was holding up to 150 Shabaks.

Human Rights Watch separately interviewed four Shia Shabak men who, in total, said Islamic State fighters had captured 17 of their relatives between June and August. One of the men said the group took five of his sons on July 3 from the village of Omar Kan near Mosul.

Human Rights Watch in July reported Islamic State’s roundups of scores of Shabak and Shia Turkmen men near Mosul, many of whom remain missing and are presumed dead by community leaders. The group has also detained a smaller number of Iraqi Christians, according to Christian activists in Iraqi Kurdistan.

One Christian woman from the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh in northwest Iraq told Human Rights Watch that on August 22 Islamic State fighters forced her and the few other remaining Christians in the town to leave. As they were forced onto a bus, one fighter forcibly took away her 3-year-old daughter, she said. A man who witnessed the incident, interviewed separately, corroborated her account.

Detention Conditions

Islamic State forces are detaining people in multiple locations, most in the northern cities of Mosul, Tal Afar, and Sinjar, but also in smaller Iraqi towns such as Rabi’a, near the Syrian border, and in areas the group controls in eastern Syria, according to the two current and 16 former detainees, as well relatives of detainees and local and international human rights activists. They said the group is holding prisoners in schools, prisons, military bases, government offices, and private homes. Some relatives of detainees said they had received complaints of scarce food and water.

To evade detection and air strikes, Islamic State has moved its captives from place to place, packing them into trucks and buses, the escapees and relatives said. “We were sitting on top of each other” during one trip, said Naveen, the mother of four.

Conditions were just as crowded in some of the improvised detention facilities, escapees and relatives of those still held said. Ghazal, a 17-year-old who escaped, described conditions at a hall in Mosul where she said the group took her at the start of her 22-day detention:

There were so many people that we couldn’t move, and some of the children couldn’t breathe very well. There were old women and young children. We were so crowded we were sleeping on top of each other. We had no beds, no blankets.

Speaking by phone in September, one detained woman held in a private house told Human Rights Watch that Islamic State guards did not allow the captives outside. “We can’t leave the houses,” the woman said. “Sometimes we sneak out to see what’s going on, but whenever we see them coming, we immediately run back inside. If they saw anyone outside, they would kill them."

Relatives of detainees said their family members told them their locations during phone calls. The current and former detainees told Human Rights Watch and their relatives that they knew their locations from road signs and other markers.

Escapees and the relatives of those still detained said that Islamic State fighters had allowed many detained families to keep and use their phones for calls to relatives. Other detainees told their relatives that they hid their phones and used them surreptitiously. At times, Islamic State members have provided phones for detainees to speak with their families, they said.

Some detainees called frequently but others had called only once or twice. Several families interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they had heard from detained relatives recently, but others had not heard from their relatives at all or in more than a month.

Extended Families Abducted

Some family members of detainees told Human Rights Watch that Islamic State members had rounded up dozens of their relatives at once, including grandparents and mothers with newborn infants. Khider, the man held by Islamic State for eight days, said the group had taken 72 of his relatives and forced them to drive in their own cars to a school in Syria where they were imprisoned.

A man from another village near Sinjar said Islamic State was holding 65 of his relatives, 17 of them children. He showed Human Rights Watch the list of names. A third man showed Human Rights Watch a list of 37 detained relatives, 23 of them children, whom he said Islamic State had seized all together.

In one room of a schoolhouse sheltering displaced Yezidis in Duhok, one family gave Human Rights Watch the names of 42 relatives they said the group had seized on August 3 in a town in Sinjar district. Islamic State fighters killed 16 immediately and imprisoned the remaining 26 – all women, girls and young children, including two infants – only one of whom escaped, the family members said. When one of the family elders asked the children in the room how many of them had a father who was killed by Islamic State, more than 20 stood up.

Taking Away Boys and Girls

After separating captives into groups, Islamic State in some cases took away young boys and girls, seven escapees said. Naveen told Human Rights Watch that she saw the group’s fighters take away all boys ages 10 and up:

In Badoush prison I also saw them take away boys. They said they were taking them for religious education. From my room, they took six or seven boys. All of the boys they took were about 10 or 11. I dressed my [10-year-old] son like a girl to hide him.

Rewshe, the 15-year-old girl who said she escaped from Islamic State detention on September 7, said fighters had held her in four different locations prior to her transfer to Syria, including a period in Badoush prison in Mosul with hundreds of other Yezidi men, women and children. At some point between August 22 and 24, she said, she watched from the prison courtyard as Islamic State fighters took more than 100 boys, some as young as 6, from their mothers:

They took the small boys from their mothers. If the mothers refused, they grabbed the children by force. They slapped protesting mothers, shot their guns in the air, and said, “We’ll kill you if you don’t [let your children go].”

Layla, 16, said Islamic State fighters seized her with her mother and 13-year-old sister from the Sinjar area on August 3. The fighters first took away her mother, then her sister, and then took Layla to a house in Rabi’a, where a man locked her up and forced her to cook and clean for him, Layla said.

First, Layla said, Islamic State fighters transported the three of them, along with hundreds of other women and girls, in a bus convoy to Mosul, with black banners flying from the vehicles. A few days later, the fighters took away all the older women, including her mother. Layla cried as she described her 22-day ordeal:

They took my mother right from my hands. I tried to stop them but they took her by force. I have no idea what they did with her. They took other women around the same time the same way. All those left in the hall were young ladies. I wished I were dead.

Layla said the fighters then transferred her and her sister to a building with a large hall in Mosul, where they held them with about 200 young women and other girls. There, she said, fighters would come in to choose a woman or girl to take to their house:

Every night the armed guards would say, “The mujahidiin have arrived!” They would enter the hall and pick those they desired, sometimes with force, other times just by pointing at them. When we asked the guards what was happening, they would say, “They are taking them to help the mujahidiin at their houses.” I became very afraid. My body started shaking. All night long I held my sister’s hand in one of the corners of the hall.

Over the next several days, Layla said, the fighters bused her and her sister, along with several other girls and young women, to Tal Afar, then back to Mosul, then again to Tal Afar, telling them on that trip, “You will be going to Tal Afar to serve the mujahidiin.” There, the Islamic State held them with about 100 other girls and women who had been transferred from several different locations, she said. One girl was “crying all day,” she said.

A few days after they were taken to Tal Afar, Layla said, the fighters took away her 13-year-old sister, saying they were sending her to a fighter in Rabi’a. A few days after that, Layla said, some men drove her and Shireen, 17, to Rabi’a as well and locked them in a house to clean and cook for two fighters. The two fighters “carried many weapons, machine-guns and hand-grenades, and binoculars and multiple mobiles,” she said.

The following day, Layla said, she and Shireen stole one of the men’s cellphones, and called relatives, who gave them directions to the home of people they knew in Rabi’a. The girls slipped out a back door with a faulty lock.

Shireen said she had no memory of her last two days of captivity in Rabi’a. “I lost my mind. I don’t even know how I got here,” she said from a shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her one memory of the escape, she said, was of the other teenage girl who had been captured with her “carrying me out on her back.”

Forced Marriage

Seve, a 19-year-old woman who escaped in late August, told Human Rights Watch that she watched Islamic State fighters shoot and kill her husband before capturing her on August 3 outside their village near Sinjar. She said the fighters then took her to a house in Mosul, where they forced her and several other young women and girls to marry them in group “weddings.” She described several group weddings, including the one in which she was “married” to a fighter:

It was supposed to be a wedding party. They were tossing sweets at us and taking photos and videos of us. They forced us to look happy for the videos and photos. The fighters were so happy; they were firing shots in the air and shouting… There was one woman from Kocho who was very beautiful. The leader of the fighters took her for himself. They dressed her up like a bride.

Seve said the fighter who “married” her took her to a house where “he told me he would teach me about Islam.” At the house, she said he tried unsuccessfully to rape her:

His name was Zaid. He tried to take me [sexually] by force. I told him, “I will not marry you. I am already married.” The man got angry with me and said, “I will sell you to a Syrian man. … I will kill you.”

Seve said a few days later she managed to escape from the house while the fighter was asleep.

Navi Pillay, the then-United Nations high commissioner for human rights, stated in August that her office had received reports from two families that Islamic State members had raped two boys. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported in August that it had gathered “appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children,” including one from a 16-year-old girl who said Islamic State fighters had forced her and other women and girls to provide sexual services under a forced marriage.

Sales of Women and Girls

Rewshe, the 15 year old, was one of three escaped women and girls who told Human Rights Watch about Islamic State fighters selling female captives. She explained in detail how a fighter in Raqqa, Syria, said he had bought her for US $1,000, and how guards said fighters had bought 20 other women detained with her.

Naveen, the woman who said she escaped Islamic State captivity with her four children, said the group detained her for about 10 days in the end of August at a school in Tal Afar with more than 1,000 other people. She said she saw men whom she called “friends” of Islamic State come to the school and buy young women and girls, without specifying how many women and girls were taken away.

Seve, the 19 year old who escaped, said that one night on or around August 14, Islamic State fighters took away 26 young women and teenage girls from the house in Mosul where they were being held. The men said they had come from Syria and were taking the women “to sell them in the Syria slavery market,” Seve said.

According to the United Nations, a teenage Yezidi girl reported that Islamic State fighters abducted hundreds of women and eventually transferred them to the town of Ba’aj, west of Mosul. The girl told the UN that various fighters had raped her several times, and that then the fighters sold her in a market.

Risk of Suicide

Khudaea, a Yezidi man, told Human Rights Watch that in early September he received a desperate call from his captive 19-year-old sister. It was the sister’s first call since Islamic State captured her on August 3:

She said a young fighter who had been guarding her gave her his phone and told her, “Call your family and tell them, ‘This is my last message, because I am going to be married by force to this fighter.’” She told us, “I just want to see you one last time and then I will kill myself.”

The woman escaped before the marriage took place, Human Rights Watch later learned from a family member.

Relatives of a 16-year-old Yezidi girl, Fatee, who had been married for two months when Islamic State fighters captured her on August 3 in Sinjar district, said they received a similar call at the end of August. The girl’s sister, Khansee, told Human Rights Watch that the family learned Islamic State had captured Fatee when they called her husband’s phone on the morning of August 3:

A man answered the phone. He said he killed my sister’s husband and took my sister. We heard nothing for 27 days. We thought she was dead. We called many, many friends and relatives but no one had heard from her. Then one day she called. She said, “If they try to force me to convert to Islam I will kill myself.” We have not heard from her since then.

Humanitarian aid workers in Iraqi Kurdistan told Human Rights Watch that three Yezidi women who said they had escaped Islamic State detention had attempted suicide in camps for displaced Yezidis since early August, and that one of them had succeeded.

Yezidi custom forbids marriage to people of other religions. In describing to Human Rights Watch the forced marriages of female relatives held by Islamic State, many Yezidis made reference to Du’a Khalil Aswad, a 17-year-old Yezidi girl whom a mob of Yezidi men stoned to death in 2007 for seeking to marry a Muslim youth. A video of the “honor killing” circulated on the Internet.

The killing of Aswad sparked reprisal attacks on Yezidis by some Sunni extremists, Yezidi community leaders said. Two recently escaped female Yezidi prisoners told Human Rights Watch that their captors said they were holding them “to avenge Du’a.”

Escapees and relatives of those captured or killed said they had received almost no medical services or counseling since fleeing Islamic State military advances. Regional authorities and medical staff working in the camps and shelters for displaced people that Human Rights Watch visited expressed frustration at the lack of medical aid.

Forced Conversion

All seven people who escaped Islamic State captivity said the group’s fighters had pressured them to convert to Islam. “You will be safe if you convert,” one woman said fighters repeatedly told her. People whose relatives were held captive also said their family members had told them over the phone that they were being forced to convert.

Khider, the 28-year-old Yezidi man, said Islamic State members forced him and other captives to pray five times daily and recite the shahada (the Muslim creed) multiple times during his detention in Syria and in northern Iraq. He showed Human Rights Watch a video that Islamic State recorded and posted on militant websites of the forced conversion of about 100 Yezidi men in which he was forced to participate. “They forced us to shake hands with them and said, ‘Welcome, you are brothers,’ but it was propaganda,” Khider said.

Salim, the father of another captured Yezidi man, Jirdo, pointed out his son in the same video. Salim said Islamic State had captured Jirdo on August 3 when he went to his hometown in the Sinjar area to help his wife and her family. On September 3, Salim said, Jirdo called him from a building in a village near Tal Afar where he said Islamic State was holding him, and the father asked to speak with one of the guards.

“I asked him to take me instead of my son,” Salim recalled. “He said he’s not authorized to arrange that but he’ll ask his emir [commander].” Salim said he later spoke with the commander who spoke Arabic with a foreign accent. “He said I must give them two daughters for my son,” Salim recounted. Salim said he refused.

International Law

Under international law, crimes against humanity include the crimes of persecution of a religious group, unlawful imprisonment, sexual slavery or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity when committed in a systematic or widespread manner as part of the policy of an organized group. Some specific abuses against civilians committed by members of Islamic State, as an armed group in a conflict, may amount to war crimes if committed with criminal intent, such as violence to life and person, including cruel treatment, and outrages against personal dignity.

Forced marriage violates the right to freely consent to marriage as set out in article 23 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article 10 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

Recommendations

Islamic State should immediately reunite children with their families, end forced marriages, stop sexual abuse, and release all civilian detainees. International and local actors with influence over the group should press for those actions, Human Rights Watch said.

The United Nations Human Rights Council on September 1 ordered a UN investigation into serious crimes by Islamic State. That investigation should be prompt and thorough, and expanded to include serious abuses by Iraqi state forces and allied Shia militia.

Iraq should become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow for possible prosecution of crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity by all parties to the conflict. The authorities could give the court jurisdiction over serious crimes committed in Iraq since the day the ICC treaty entered into force, on July 1, 2002.

Local and international humanitarian agencies working in Iraqi Kurdistan, including United Nations agencies, should increase medical and counseling services for displaced people who fled Islamic State military advances. Agencies should pay special attention to the needs of survivors of sexual violence, who should receive comprehensive post-rape care. These services should place a high priority on victims’ confidentiality and privacy in line with international standards, and should provide them in a manner that does not reinforce stigma or expose victims to reprisal.

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Re: Human Rights Watch: Terror Suffered by Kidnapped Yazidi

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:05 pm

Ezidi fighters of HPŞ are still fighting ISIS terrorists

in Zorava and DugureNorth Shingal


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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:21 pm

Statemant by the Islamic State Murders
admiting their enslavement and treatment
of Yazidi woman

After capture, the Yazidi women and children
were then divided according to the Sharī’ah
amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who
participated in the Sinjar operations, after one
fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic
State’s authority to be divided as khums.

This large-scale enslavement of mushrik families
is probably the first since the abandonment of
this Sharī’ah law. The only other known case –
albeit much smaller – is that of the enslavement
of Christian women and children in the Philip
pines and Nigeria by the mujāhidīn there.

The enslaved Yazidi families are now sold by the
Islamic State soldiers as the mushrikīn were sold
by the Companions (radiyallāhu ‘anhum) before them.

Many well-known rulings are observed,
including the prohibition of separating a mother
from her young children. Many of the mushrik
women and children have willingly accepted Islam
and now race to practice it with evident sincerity
after their exit from the darkness of shirk.

Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Allah marvels at a people who enter Jannah in
chains” [reported by al-Bukhārī on the authority
of Abū Hurayrah]. The hadīth commentators
mentioned that this refers to people entering
ISlam as slaves and then entering Jannah.

Abū Hurayrah (radiyallāhu ‘anh) said while com
menting on Allah’s words, {You are the best
nation produced for mankind} [Āli ‘Imrān: 110],

“You are the best people for people. You bring
them with chains around their necks, until they
enter Islam” [Sahīh al-Bukhāri].

After this discussion and as we approach
al-Malamah al-Kubrā (the greatest battle before the
Hour) – whenever its time comes by Allah’s
decree – it is interesting to note that slavery has
been mentioned as one of the signs of the Hour
as well as one of the causes behind al-Malhamah
al-Kubrā.

Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mentioned
that one of the signs of the Hour was that
“the slave girl gives birth to her master.” This
was reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim on
the authority of Abū Hurayrah and by Muslim
on the authority of ‘Umar.

YAZIDIS EMBRACE ISLAM

The enslavement of the apostate women belonging to apostate groups
such as the rāfidah, nusayriyyah, durūz, and ismā’īliyyah is one that the fuqahā’
differ over. The majority of the scholars say that their women are not to
be enslaved and only ordered to repent because of the hadīth, “Kill whoever
changes his religion” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī].

But some of the scholars including Shaykhul-Islām Ibn
Taymiyyah and the Ahnāf (Hanafis) say they may be
enslaved due to the actions of the Companions during the Wars of Apostasy
where they enslaved the apostate women. This opinion is one also supported
by evidence, wallāhu a’lam.

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Surely this very statement constitutes a confession
that could be used in The International Court of Human Rights
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Full horror of the Yazidis who didn’t escape Mount Sinjar:
UN confirms 5,000 men were executed and 7,000 women are now kept as sex slaves

By Steve Hopkins

Yazidi refugees were lined up, shot dead, then bulldozed into mass graves
At least ten men at the village of Hardan were beheaded
Jihadists came into villages and selected women at will to make slaves

Thousands of Yazidi men in Iraq were murdered in scenes reminiscent of the Bosnian Srebrenica massacre when Islamic State jihadists swept through in August, according to researchers.

Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees took up residence at make-shift sites and villages across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq after fleeing across Mount Sinjar in August - but equal numbers remained trapped behind the Isil lines.

Researchers, piecing together reports of attacks, have now concluded that more than 5,000 Yazidi were gunned down in a series of massacres by jihadist.

A further 5-7,000 women are also being held in makeshift detention centres, where they either been taken away and sold into slavery or handed over to jihadists as concubines.

Five detention centres in the town of Tal Afar is thought to hold around 3,500 women and children.

Due to the magnitude of the killings and enslavement they occurred largely unreported, but now United Nationals researchers have verified many of the tales of horror.

Bakat Khalaf, 60, said 14 of his family were missing or kidnapped, including his son.

Khartun Yusef said her daughter and four granddaughters were being detained in Tal Afar. Her son managed to get away with her to Mount Sinjar, but he was shot and killed when they tried to return home for supplies.

Her other son, who is 18, had been captured by jihadists.

The UN researchers have been collecting accounts of the Isil incursions.

It says that 250-300 men were killed in Mr Khalaf's village, Hardan, including ten that were beheaded. Another 400 were gunned down in the village of Khocho; Isil shelling killed another 200 civilians in the village of Adnaniya and 70-90 men were shot in a ditch in the village of Quinyeh.

On another road, out of al-Shimal village, near to Sinjar town, witnesses reported seeing dozens of bodies.

Researchers said hundreds more men had been killed for refusing to convert to Islam.

Some of the killing were brutally simplistic, with people being lined up at checkpoints, shot dead, then bulldozed into mass graves. Others were herded into temples which were late blown up.

Matthew Barber, a scholar of Yazidi history at the University of Chicago who was in Kurdistan as the assaults happened, said it was thought 3-5,000 men had been killed.

Some 4,800 women and children were thought to be held captive, and that number was expected to rise above 7,000.

Mr Barber told The Telegraph: 'In every place where Yazidi women or families are held, jihadists come and randomly select women that they take away.'

The jihadists claim justification through accounts of seizures of women in the early days of Muslim expansion in the 7th Century.

An open letter to Isil by Islamic scholars last month took Isil to task over the Yazidis, insisting that: "The reintroduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus."

Meanwhile, a magazine purportedly published by the terror group, Dabiq, released on Sunday attempts to justify the militants' snaring of thousands of innocent Yazidis during an assault on the Iraqi city of Sinjar in August.

Explaining why Yazidis have been sold into sex slavery while those from other groups have not, the magazine claims Islamic Sharia law allows the enslavement of innocent 'polytheists and pagans' but not of those the militants regard as simply heretical.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee for their lives - many of them into the nearby Sinjar mountains and then into Kurdish-held regions of northern Iraq.

However many were captured by the militants, resulting in the massacre of hundreds of men and the selling into slavery of women and children, after they were first divided up between ISIS fighters.

ISIS' claim to have enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children came as Human Rights Watch said hundreds of Yazidis from Iraq continue to be held captive in makeshift detention facilities.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled into the Sinjar Mountains after the militant onslaught on Sinjar, part of ISIS' lightning advance into north and western Iraq.

Iraq's Human Rights Ministry said at the time that hundreds of women were abducted by the militants, who consider the Yazidis, a centuries-old religious minority, a heretical sect.

The issue of Dabiq magazine released on Sunday stated that 'the enslaved Yazidi families are now sold by the Islamic State soldiers.'

It added that 'the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations.'

Attempting to justify the move, the magazine said Sharia law differentiates between female Muslims from 'heretical' sects, and those from groups such as the Yazidids, who are considered pagans.

'This large-scale enslavement of mushrik families is probably the first since the abandonment of this Sharia law,' the article says, referring to the enslavement of Yazidis.

'The only other known case - albeit much smaller - is that of the enslavement of Christian women and children in the Philippines and Nigeria by the mujahedeen there.'

Most of the Yazidis are now displaced in northern Iraq, many having lost loved ones in their flight to safety. Some say that women and girls were snatched during the militant raid.

In one section of the magazine, a statement attributed to Mohammed al-Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State group, read: 'We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women,' addressing those who do not subscribe to its hardline interpretation of Islam.

The magazine's release came as New York-based Human Rights Watch said the group 'separated young women and teenage girls from their families and has forced some of them to marry its fighters.'

One woman told Human Rights Watch that she saw Islamic State fighters buying girls, and a teenage girl said a fighter bought her for $1,000, the report said.

The Associated Press independently has interviewed a number of Yazidi women and girls who escaped captivity and several claimed that they were sold to Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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Re: Full horror of the Yazidis who did not escape Mount Sinj

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:22 am

Ezidis refugees arrested In Protest Against Desastrous Living Conditions

Yesterday, Ezidis from Sinjar protested against their living conditions in a refugee camp in Zakho after heavy rains flooded their provisional homes. An estimated number 0f 65,000 Ezidis lives in the Kurdish town of Zakho, scattered in several refugee camps which mostly consist of half-finished buldings and non-weatherproof tents.

Kurdish security forces, the so called Asayesh, arrived shortly after the protests had begun. Riots then temporarily erupted between the demonstrators and security forces, ending in the arrest of two individuals. The demonstrators fear potential deaths if the situation continues to remain. Especially small children suffer from the weather conditions, the upcoming winter causes an additional concern among the refugees. Previously, two children had already lost their lives in a camp that was built for refugees from Syria, eyewtinesses reported. A confirmation from responsible officials has not followed yet.

Moreover, the demonstrators in Zakho were prohibited to take pictures and videos of the arrest, as an Ezidi who is standing on the ground reported. He, however, secretly managed to film a short sequence of that happening. The Peshmerga commander Ashti Kochar considered the protests as a `conspiracy organized by the PKK´, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported. In addition to that, Rudaw, which the biggest Kurdish media outlet, tries to represent the demonstrations as a `protest against the Peshmerga´ and denunciate the demonstrators and their legitimate claims. As Rudaw reported, people in Mount Sinjar allegedly protested too. However, Ezidi resistance fighters rejected those claims in a phone conversation with ezidiPress, stating that people in the mountains had enough issues.

Heavy rains have dramatically deteriorated the already poor living conditions in refugee camps of the Kurdish autonomous region. Neither the Kurdish government nor relief organizations operating on the ground are able to cope with the masses of refugees. Over 1.5 million refugees are more or less accomodated alone in the provinces of the Kurdish autonomous region. Without the help of the local Kurdish population, many of the refugees would have already died of hunger, thirst or inssufficient medical care, as refugees from Sinjar tell again and again.

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Re: Horrors face Yazidis in refugee camps and as IS slaves

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:49 am

Over 7.000 civilians in danger!

BREAKING: Since 3:00 am! Major offensive of the terrorists, ISIL surrounded hundreds of Ezidi fighter! @CENTCOM need help!!!!

Jets over Shingal but don´t attack ISIL! We have only small-caliber weapons against ISIL TANKS & HUMVEES

BREAKING: Villages of Dhola and Borik has fallen to ISIL!! Only pilgrimage of Sherfedin remain! @CENTCOM please!

#BREAKING: Over 7.000 civilians and hundred fighter flee on Mt #Shingal! Commander of HPŞ, YBŞ remain at Sherfedin shrine!

Jets over Shingal but they don´t attack ISIL! We have only small-caliber weapons against TANKS & HUMVEES! #TwitterKurds @CENTCOM

we have warned for three weeks, asked for heavy weapons BUT nothing happened! @CENTCOM without airstrikes they being massacred


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Re: ISIS attacking Mt Shingal! Over 7.000 civlians in danger

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:59 am

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ISIS terrorists launch massive attacks on resistance fighters and civilians in Sinjar

A few minutes ago, the terrorist militia ISIS has begun to launch massive attacks on Ezidi resistance fighters and civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar. The terrorists´ intention is to reach the civilians on the massif and destroy the local pilgrimage site, a fighter has told.

The attacks were so intense that air strikes need to be urgently conducted. The fightings are ongoing, intensifying by the minute. The whole mountain complex has been surrounded by the terrorists for two weeks now, relief supplies and ordnance have to be transported to the mountain by air.

Over 7,000 civilians are still staying at Mount Sinjar. Fighters of the Ezidi defense forces are trying to evacuate them and repel the terrorists´ attacks. A military offensive announced by Peshmerga soldiers for the liberation of Sinjar has still not started.

It is believed that political differenes between the Ezidis in Sinjar and the Kurdish government in Erbil are decisive for the Peshmerga´s reluctance after disputes erupted over the future of the region.

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