By Sabrina Souza and Zoe Sottile
NEW YORK (CNN)— More than 400 Yazidi-Americans represented by renowned human rights attorney Amal Clooney filed a lawsuit in New York on Thursday, December 14, alleging French conglomerate Lafarge SA conspired to provide material and funds to support ISIS terrorist campaigns against the ethnic minority.
Filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act in the Eastern District of New York, Clooney and former diplomat Lee Wolosky aim “to hold Lafarge accountable for its admitted criminal conspiracy with ISIS and to obtain justice for the Yazidi people,” according to a news release from Amal Clooney Media.
Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group with significant populations in Iraq and Syria. A 2021 UN investigation determined ISIS’s systematic persecution of the group, including forced conversion to Islam and the killing and enslavement of thousands of Yazidis, constitutes genocide.
“Lafarge has admitted to a conspiracy that aided ISIS by providing millions of dollars in cash to ISIS, and is alleged to have provided ISIS with cement to construct underground tunnels and bunkers used to shelter ISIS members and hold hostages, including captured Yazidis,” the news release states.
Nadia Murad, a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner and a Yazidi human rights activist, is the lead plaintiff in the case.