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Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad speaks at U.N. headaquarters in New York on March 9, 2017. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)


December 6, 2017

Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, we honour the courageous actions of Yazidi survivor and spokeswoman, Nadia Murad, and will be nominating her to become an Honourary Citizen of Canada in 2018.

Since escaping from ISIS three years ago, Nadia Murad has spoken out against gender violence and publicly pressured the international community, including Canada, to collect evidence and bring to justice those members of the Islamic State who have committed war crimes, including rape and slavery, against the Yazidi.

In the interests of justice we join with Nadia Murad and call on the Canadian government to pursue prosecution of Canadian citizens who are members of ISIS and have committed war crimes, including rape, against Yazidi women and girls, and who are now returning to Canada.

We also call on the Canadian government to honour the spirit of the resolution in Parliament and offer asylum in Canada to a full 1200 Yazidi women and girls. While we welcome and applaud the inclusion of relatives as refugees, they should not be included in this number.

Justice, fairness, equality, and freedom from violence are the birthright of all women and girls in Canada and around the world. Today we honour all those who are speaking out against gender violence, those who are unable to speak out, and those who are still suffering. Together we will make a better world.

Chris, Leslie, Leora, Peggy, Liz, Barbara, Mo, Barbara, Julie and Mia
BC Committee in Support of Yazidi Women and Girls

We are a small group of women from Vancouver, BC, who have been urging the Canadian government to offer safe refuge and treatment for trauma for Yazidi women and girls.


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