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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:35 AM

Rudaw, Kurdistan, Iraq
Jan 16 2018
 
 
Armenian parliament recognizes Yezidi genocide
 
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A Yezidi man carries his child as they flee ISIS on August 11, 2014. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Armenian parliament voted to formally recognize and condemn the Yezidi genocide committed by ISIS. 

Member of parliament Rustam Makhmudyan, a Yezidi who introduced the resolution on Tuesday, urged lawmakers to not just condemn the genocide committed, but to, through international agencies, investigate crimes committed against the religious minority and pursue perpetrators.

The resolution was supported by four factions in the Armenian legislature and passed with 91 votes for and one abstention. 

Nadia Murad, Yezidi survivor, activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador thanked Armenia and Makhmudyan for the support. 

“I am touched by today’s decision and I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Armenia and their representatives in Parliament. Acknowledgement of the Genocide means a lot to me and all the victims of genocide,” she said. 

The recognition from Armenia is particularly poignant for the Yezidi community because Armenians themselves were the victims of genocide a century earlier. Yezidi advocacy group Yazda described the decision as a "historic moment for the entire Yezidi community worldwide and for victims of this genocide." 

The Yezidi genocide has been recognized by the, KRG, European Parliament, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Scotland, and Iraq as well as a United Nations independent inquiry. 

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the KRG, some 360,000 Yezidis were displaced and approximately 100,000 fled abroad when their cities and towns were taken over by ISIS in August 2014.

Of the 6,417 Yezidis captured by ISIS when they attacked Shingal, just over half have been rescued. Thousands more were killed. 
 

 


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:37 AM

Modern Tokyo Times
Jan 17 2018
 
 
Christian Armenia recognizes the Yazidi Genocide of 2014 at the hands of Sunni Islamists

Christian Armenia recognizes the Yazidi Genocide of 2014 at the hands of Sunni Islamists

Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker

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The parliament of Armenia officially acknowledged the genocide of Yazidis in 2014 by Sunni Islamists belonging to ISIS (Islamic State – IS) and other Takfiri Islamist groups. It is hoped that other parliaments throughout the world will also pass similar resolutions because the atrocities and mass graves are well documented.

Armen Ashotyan, a politician from the ruling party in Armenia, said, “As a nation that has lived through genocide, the Armenian people understand the significance of this recognition.”

Armenia is overwhelmingly Christian and this ethnic group knows all about genocide at the hands of mainly Sunni Muslims. This applies to the 1915 genocide whereby other Christian ethnic groups were also butchered in enormous numbers. Of course, pogroms took place against Christian Armenians and others prior to the 1915 genocide, and also followed, but the massacres of millions of innocents in 1915 remains etched within the soul of all Armenians.

Hence, for Yazidis, the events of 2014 need greater recognition. Likewise, scattered communities inside Iraq – and co-religionists who have fled to many nations – need continuing international support. Equally important, Sunni Islamists responsible for butchering, raping, torturing, and kidnapping Yazidis must be held accountable. Increased international urgency is also needed in freeing Yazidi slaves because several thousand remain unaccounted for.

It is also incumbent on helping Yazidis to return to the fold after being forcibly converted to Sunni Islam. If not, then these Yazidis will remain trapped by the fear that made them convert – or, if converted when little children, then they will remain psychologically traumatized until passing away from this world.

The parliament of Armenia said, the nation recognizes and strongly condemns the genocide of the Yazidi people perpetrated by terrorist groups in 2014 in Iraqi territory controlled by them.”

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:26 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
January 16, 2018 Tuesday


By recognizing Yazidi Genocide, Armenia showed its support to the
brotherly people on state level



YEREVAN, JANUARY 16, ARMENPRESS. By recognizing and condemning the
Yazidi Genocide, the Armenian Parliament called on the international
community to not forget genocides and create mechanisms of eliminating
them, Said Avdalyan, president of Armenia’s Young Yazidi Association
told a press conference.

“Indeed, this is a historic event that the Armenian Parliament
unanimously with 4 factions recognized the Yazidi genocide. The
Armenian people are globally acting as the flagman of genocide
condemnation and international recognition process. And today, Armenia
showed on a state level that it is standing next to its brotherly
people – the Yazidis”, he said.

The Yazidis themselves have numerously proved their devotion to
Armenia and Artsakh, both during the years of the first World War, the
May Battles and the April Four Day War.

On January 16, the Armenian Parliament recognized the Yazidi genocide
which was committed by terrorist organizations in Iraq.



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:28 AM

Asbarez.com
 
 
Yezidis Welcome Armenia’s Recognition of 2014 Genocide
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Nadia Murad, a prominent Yezidi human rights advocate

YEREVAN—A prominent Yezidi human rights activist and a Yezidi advocacy group have welcomed the recognition of the Yezidi Genocide by the Armenian parliament, describing it as “a historic fact.”

The Armenian Parliament on Tuesday unanimously adopted a statement, recognizing and condemning the Yezidi Genocide on terrorist-controlled territories of Iraq.

“Today is a historic moment for the entire Yezidi community worldwide and for victims of this genocide. We welcome this important step especially as it comes from a country which, in recent history, has suffered greatly from genocide,” they said in a statement.

“I am touched by today’s decision and I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Armenia and their representatives in Parliament. Acknowledgment of the Genocide means a lot to me and all the victims of genocide.” said Nadia Murad, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

“The Yezidi genocide is the latest capital crime of our century, the world should recognize this crime and accept the fact it happened, not only recognize it, but take the steps to stop it and adopt mechanisms to ensure it will not be repeated in the future” said Murad Ismael, the executive director Yazda, a Yezidi advocacy organization based in the United States.

Yazda and Nadia Murad expressed their gratitude to the Armenia parliament’ Standing Committee on Foreign Relationp; Rustam Makhmudyan a Yezidi member of the Armenian parliament; Vahram Baghdasaryan the leader of the Republican Party of Armenia; Armen Rustamyan, leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary blos, as well as the Tsarukyan and Yelk factions.

They also thanked all the members of the parliament who supported the initiative.

 
 
 


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 08:35 PM

Sounds like they are thankful```






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