Amal Clooney To Represent ISIS Survivor Nadia Murad And Yazda
Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specializing in international law and human rights, has confirmed that she will represent Yazidi ISIS survivor, Nadia Murad and other victims of Yazidi genocide, in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Amal Clooney also represents a non-profit organisation, Yazda, aimed to serve the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the August 2014 IS attack that began the genocide.
Nadia Murad was captured by ISIS and spent months as a sex slave. She was brutally raped by more than 12 IS members over a period of three months. After her escape, she traveled to different countries to raise awareness and speaking on behalf of thousands of Yazidi girls and women still suffering at the hands of ISIS. This act of bravery has also made Nadia Murad a nominee for this year’s Noble Peace Prize.
The violence against Yazidi women is continuously increasing. Recently, ISIS burnt 19 women alive who refused to have sex with the soldiers. Amal’s support is a turning point for sex slavery survivors such as Nadia Murad. Being a renowned international human rights lawyer, it is hoped that she will do her best to make ISIS accountable for genocide, sexual enslavement and trafficking of Yazidi women. When questioned on her decision to support Nadia Murad’s case, she said, “It is time that we see IS commanders in the dock in The Hague, and I am honoured to have been asked to represent Nadia and the Yazidi community in their quest for legal accountability.”