Yezidi families fleeing ISIS (AP photo)

Armenia Parliament Considering Measure to Recognize Yezidi Genocide

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YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — The Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs will consider a draft statement on condemning the genocide against the Yezidi people in the parts of Iraq controlled by terrorist groups.

The draft statement attaches importance to the efforts of the international community aimed at implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

It emphasizes the responsibility of states to respect the rights of ethnic and religious minorities stipulated by international law.

The statement reiterates the commitment of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian people to fight to prevent genocides and other crimes against humanity.

The Armenian Parliament statement also calls for the investigation of those crimes through international structures and holding the perpetrators accountable.

It would also call on the international community to take measures to ensure the security of the Yezidi population and provide them with humanitarian assistance, to spare no efforts to prevent human rights violations.

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The draft statement was scheduled to be discussed during the Standing Committee’s sitting on January 11.

Topics: Yezidi
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