The Presidency submitted the Yazidi Female Survivors’ Law to Parliament for review and approval on March 28, 2019

2019/04/07

The draft Law applies to Yazidi women who were kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS, and later escaped or were rescued from captivity. It aims to award financial and ethical compensation to these female survivors, to rebuild their lives and their towns, to facilitate their full rehabilitation, reintegration into society, to enable them to live in dignity and prosperity. 
It stipulates the establishment of a General Directorate for the Affairs of Female Survivors, to be associated with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and based in Nineveh Governorate. The Directorate shall prepare statistics and data on female survivors, and provide safe, secure accommodation, and educational (as well as for their children) and employment opportunities to empower them to achieve the economic and social well-being. It will also provide for them necessary physical and psychological health care, and open health centers and clinics in their areas. The Directorate will also address the legal status of children born of survivors in accordance with the law. 
The draft Law grants female survivors a monthly salary of no less than twice of the minimum pension stipulated in the Unified Retirement Law No. (9) of 2014, as well as a piece of residential land except for the provisions of the laws and decisions of the (dissolved) Revolutionary Command Council, or housing units free of charge. It allows those returning to their studies to be exempted from the conditions of age and average of grades, and they shall be given priority in the appointment for public employment.
Furthermore, the draft Law also recognizes August 3 (3/8) of every year as a National Day to highlight what happened to Yazidi women.  Media outlets shall schedule programs to illustrate the abuse, oppression, exile, and forcible displacement of female Yazidis by ISIS. The Ministry of Culture, the Mayor of Baghdad and the respective authorities shall take the necessary measures to establish monuments, statues and exhibitions on this occasion to remember Yazidi victims of ISIS.
The draft Law also stipulates that the perpetrators of the crimes of abduction and enslavement of the female Yazidis shall not be included in any general or special amnesty and shall not be deprived of the penalty prescribed by law. The proper judicial and administrative authorities shall follow-up on the arrest of the perpetrators and accomplices of the crimes against Yazidi women, and apply the provisions of this Law to them.
Finally, the draft Law considers that the crimes committed against Yazidi women as genocide, to be defined as such in international forums and with organizations as well as in instituting criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.
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