On August 3, 2014, the so-called Islamic State waged an attack on the Yazidi people in Sinjar, Iraq, killing more than 3,000 civilians and enslaving 5,000-7,000 more — mostly women and children. More than 85% of the Yazidi population were driven out of their homes and current estimates suggest that 3,200 Yazidis remain in ISIS captivity.
More than 22,550 Global Citizens signed a petition demanding justice for the Yazidi people, and over 2,000 Global Citizens emailed the Swedish Government to refer the Yazidi case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) so the court can identify the individuals responsible for the genocide and abuse of human rights.
And our actions have made a difference. Foreign Minister Margot Wallström heard our collective plea loud and clear and responded on Twitter.
Now, we must hold Sweden accountable so it takes concrete steps to ensure ISIS is prosecuted.
As a signatory of the Rome Convention on Genocide, the government has standing to refer the Yazidi case to the ICC. And for the first time since 1988, Sweden will hold a seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017–2018 term at the same time as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations takes office.
Sweden has already committed to take actions that reflect values and principles of international law, human rights, a feminist foreign policy and humanitarian perspective. This MUST include defending the Yazidi people to prosecute the genocide, rape, murder and crimes against humanity perpetrated against them.
Before Sweden takes its seat at the table as President in January 2017, let’s send a clear message. Tweet at Foreign Minister Wallstrom and UN Ambassador Skoog, and urge them to refer the Yazidi case to the ICC through the Security Council.
Just copy the format below and paste in your Twitter clipboard and tweet.
@OlofBSkoog @margotwallstrom-as incoming President of #UNSC, pls take concrete steps to #LeveltheLaw & refer case of Yazidi genocide to ICC