Special Adviser Christian Ritscher met today w/ Nobel Prize laureate & UNODC Goodwill Ambassador @NadiaMuradBasee in Stuttgart, #Germany as the #Yazidi community in #Iraq & around the world commemorates the 8th anniversary of the #YazidiGenocide. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/fzuZ8BQhDI
— UNITAD (@UNITAD_Iraq) August 3, 2022
Mr. Ritscher recalled a visit to Sinjar in May, where he met with “brilliant” young Yazidis.
“I was truly inspired by the steadfastness and the persistence of those young women and men, who have survived unimaginable horror, to come forward and speak up about the gravity of the brutalities that befell them, as well as their trust and belief in the path of accountability and justice,” he said.
“The young women and men of the Yazidi community deserve to be recognized for what they have endured and continue to endure, yet their ability to rise, develop, and take their future into their own hands is genuinely impressive.”
International support for justice
According to a post on Twitter, Mr. Ritscher was in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, where he met with Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, the Yazidi survivor who has long advocated for justice for her community,
UNITAD believes the momentum towards justice and accountability will continue to increase through the unanimous support of the international community, which stands strong behind the pursuit of accountability for ISIL crimes.
The Iraqi Government and numerous countries have shown unwavering support for their investigations throughout the past year.
Last November, a regional court in Germany delivered the first conviction of an ISIL member for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. UNITAD supported prosecutors by engaging with witnesses in Iraq and helping to confirm the fraudulent documents presented by the defendant.
Mr. Ritscher stated that as collaborative efforts grow, victims and survivors will be brought closer to getting the justice they so deserve.
“Through partnerships across national authorities, UNITAD, impacted communities and non-governmental organizations, we can overcome the many hurdles faced in delivering justice for ISIL crimes” he said.
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