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Ezidikhan endorses Michael Newton to head UNITAD

by Patrick Harriganon March 29, 2021
We the undersigned urge the United Nations to appoint Michael A. Newton as Special Adviser to the UN Security Council and Head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Da’esh in Iraq (UNITAD). We have conducted our own interviews and research about Mike Newtown’s […]
Women of Kocho whose fathers, brothers or husbands were killed. The woman with her hand in the air is Khatoon Ahmed al Jaso, daughter of the Mandkany tribal leader killed Aug 15, 2014 in Kocho.

Iraq passes Yezidi Female Survivors Law

by Patrick Harriganon March 4, 2021
Yazidi Female Survivors Law was first introduced to the Iraqi parliament in 2019. It was modified by recommendations of a committee and voted into law in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 2, 2021.
Return of Kocho victims of Daesh

Yezidis Bury Kocho Genocide Victims

by Patrick Harriganon February 7, 2021
Displaced Yezidi survivors today buried the remains of their loved ones who were brutally massacred on August 15, 2014, by Da'esh (aka, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/ISIL/ISIS) in Kocho.

Ezidikhan national flag

New Flags for Ezidikhan, Spiritual Council

by Patrick Harriganon December 25, 2020
Ezidikhan and the Yezidi Spiritual Council adopt new flags in 2020
Delegates gather in Shingal in August 2020 to create the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East Alliance

Ezidikhan Justice Minister interview: “Indigenous people are our natural allies”

by Patrick Harriganon October 27, 2020
Ms. Nallein Sowilo, one of the principal co-founders of the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan and its first Minister of Justice, carries on her slight shoulders the heavy burden of somehow achieving peace with justice for the people of her ancient Yezidi nation, who remain traumatized and scattered by the 2014 assault by ISIS. Six years of ceaseless toil and negotiations, however, have at last begun to bear fruit.
Present day Ezidkhan, the Yezidi Nation

PM: Erbil-Baghdad deal robs Yezidi self-determination

by Patrick Harriganon October 12, 2020
[Shingal, Ezidikhan. 11 October 2020] The Office of the Prime Minister of Ezidikhan, Barjis Soso Khalaf, today issued a statement denouncing the 9 October deal reached between Baghdad and Erbil determining the future of Yezidis without the consent of Yezidis and without consulting with Yezidi representatives of the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan.

Alliance of Indigenous Nations: Winds of Change in the Middle East?

by Patrick Harriganon September 16, 2020
[Shingal, Ezidikhan – 16 September 2020] In a low-key affair here last month, a broad array of tribal nations and ethnic minorities agreed on a framework for a Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East open to all indigenous nations of the Middle East.
Yezidis flee from Daesh Aug 3rd 2014

Yezidis: A History of Persecution

by Patrick Harriganon July 3, 2020
According to their oral history, Yezidis have suffered from 72 massacres prior to the 2014 genocide of Yezidis in Iraq. "Over the course of 700 years," according to the Yezidis International Organization, "nearly 23 million Yezidi people have been murdered, thus bringing their civilization to the brink of extinction."
Turkish airstrikes in the Shingal district, June 15, 2020. (Photo: Social Media)

Massive Turkish air strike follows threats against Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon June 16, 2020
[MOUNT SHINGAL, Ezidikhan, Iraq. June 15] Turkish jets bombed 81 separate targets on Sunday, the biggest such Turkish operation since 2015. Dozens of US-made fighter jets, locally manufactured drones and mid-air refueling and airborne communication aircraft were deployed in “Operation Claw-Eagle”. Turkey conducted extensive airstrikes targeting more than thirty locations of the Sinjar Resistance Units, a […]

Exxon Mobil operations in Iraq

Exxon Mobil accused of human rights abuse in Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon February 14, 2020
Source: Business & Human Rights Resource Center, London UK Iraq: A Yezidi complaint to Human Rights Council alleges displacement, abuses and killings by oil giant Exxon Mobil In November 2019, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre was contacted by the representative of the Yezidi community in Iraq, who alleged that oil giant Exxon Mobil […]

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