ISIS Genocide of Yazidis Still Ongoing but World Is Silent, UN Inquiry Says

UN investigators estimate more than 5,000 Yazidis have been rounded up and slaughtered and some 7,000 women and girls forced into sex slavery

Yazidis visit a cemetery during a commemoration of the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide in Sinjar region, Iraq August 3, 2017.
Yazidis visit a cemetery during a commemoration of the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide in Sinjar region, Iraq August 3, 2017. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

ISIS is still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq after three years, but the world is failing in its duty to punish the crime, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Thursday. 

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"The genocide is on-going and remains largely unaddressed, despite the obligation of States...to prevent and to punish the crime," the commission said. 

"Thousands of Yazidi men and boys remain missing and the terrorist group continues to subject some 3,000 women and girls in Syria to horrific violence including brutal daily rapes and beatings." 

In August 2014, ISIS militants launched an assault on the Yazidi community's heartland in Sinjar, northern Iraq, home to around 400,000 Yazidis. The Yazidi community is a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. ISIS considers them devil worshipers.

UN investigators estimate more than 5,000 Yazidis have been rounded up and slaughtered and some 7,000 women and girls forced into sex slavery.

Legal experts have said gathering evidence of the attacks is crucial since members of ISIS could go on trial for genocide in the future.

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney last June said she aimed to prosecute the Islamist group through the International Criminal Court for their crimes against the Yazidi community.