President, On the Occasion of the Yezidis Genocide Remembrance Day, Underscores the Need to Work Strenuously, Sincerely to Determine the Fate of Missing and Abducted Persons

2020/08/03

President Salih confirmed that ISIS was aimed at making genocide and wiping Yezidis out. The steadfastness and unity of our people have disappointed the dreams and the black hopes of terrorists, he highlighted.
In a speech via videoconference on today Sunday at the conference organized by Yazda Organization, under the patronage and presence of His Excellency the President on the sixth annual commemoration of the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS in Sinjar, President said that," the history will preserve proudly to our armed forces, Peshmerga, PMF, all the Iraqis, who fought, sacrificed and bravely defended their cities and their villages including Sinjar the epic telling of the national heroism which devoted and strengthen a sense of unity and brotherhood as well as failed  what have been planned by the terror."
Furthermore, he emphasized his support and his efforts to secure all what can be secured for the dignified and voluntary return of the displaced persons and Yazidis immigrants, and all the other Iraqi people who have been forced by the war conditions or being forced due to the transmigration policies and the terrorist threats against them.
 It's necessary to overcome the political and administrative obstacles that prevent the redress for the victims' families; the administrative organization in Sinjar needs to be accelerated; security and stability needs to be promoted; as well as financial assistances and basic services needs to be delivered to return the population from displaced person's camps to their homes, the President said.
 The President pointed out the importance of working diligently and sincerely with all our security and intelligence services, as well as with our friends abroad to intensify efforts to seek and secure information which would help to determine the fate of missing and abducted persons and to free the ones who are still alive.
 At the present, more than 2,500 kidnapped men and women remain missing from 6,417 Yazidis citizens who suffered kidnapping and involuntary disappearance, he added.
He wished that the Yazidi female survivors law which has been sent to the Parliament over a year ago by the Presidency would be enacted as soon as possible.
His Excellency President Salih stressed the need to support the efforts of the Independent Investigative Team, which created by the terms of resolution 2379 (2017), to support domestic efforts to hold Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for its actions in Iraq. Therefore, this can be done by coordinating with Iraq investigating teams and Iraqi judiciary on the collection of evidence and documents as well as adopting mechanism to deal with ISIS commanders and elements those who were arrested by Iraqi State or being captured by other States.
The following is President Salih's speech:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I greet all of you as you are meeting each other and you are commemorating the humanitarian tragedy which Yezidis had been subjected to on a day like today. That the criminals of the terrorist organization ISIS invaded and occupied Sinjar and committed the most horrible crimes.
This terrorist organization was aimed at genocide and wiping Yezidis out, but the steadfastness and unity of our people have disappointed the dreams and the black hopes of terrorists. The national and humanitarian conscience will not forget these crimes committed by ISIS. These crimes are gravest crimes over the history and the most heinous crimes, murdering, extermination, destruction and intimidation of the population committed by invaders and killers throughout the history.
  We, painfully, have seen what was going on during the period of the brutal occupation of ISIS. It was a massive crime committed against Yezidis. It was a large scale of killing. And those who survived the killing machine were displaced. Their property, their religious shrines in addition to their houses had been destroyed.  ISIS Committed the most heinous crime against women for being slaved, and it forced young people and children to renounce their religious faiths.
The history will keep for the killers their shameful crimes, but the honor and pride will be preserved for the Iraqi Yazidis for their heroism, their sacrifices and their steadfastness against ISIS.
The history will preserve proudly our armed forces, Peshmerga, PMF, all the Iraqis, who fought, sacrificed and bravely defended to recapture their cities and their villages including Sinjar as it is an epic telling of the national heroism. Therefore, they devoted, strengthened a sense of unity and brotherhood as well as failed what had been planned by the terror.
These acts of heroism will continue to be deserved our appreciation and our pride as we continue to remember our friends from the international community and our neighbors for their support which is essential to strengthen the resilience and courage of our people in the confrontation of ISIS in which Iraq stood on behalf of the entire world in the face of terrorist killers.
On this occasion, we reaffirm our support, our endeavor and our work to secure all what can be secured for the dignified and voluntary return of the displaced persons and Yazidis immigrants, and all the other Iraqi people who have been forced by the war conditions or being forced due to the transmigration policies and the terrorist threats against them.
It's necessary that the administrative organization in Sinjar needs to be accelerated; security and stability needs to be promoted; as well as financial assistance and basic services needs to be delivered to return the population from displaced person's camps to their homes who have recently started back home.
It is really flawed if we will fail to meet our people’s demands in Sinjar.
 I emphasized that it's necessary to overcome the political and administrative obstacles that prevent the redress for the victims' families.
The interests of the victims and their families must be given priority. I, therefore, call upon all political powers to bridge differences, and required administrative and security solutions need to be find to serve Yazidis and all our citizens who have suffered from terrorism and its crimes.
We also call upon the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in assisting Iraq, to compensate the affected persons and work to alleviate their suffering.
 Iraq has taken responsibility for advancing the duty to defend humanity by confronting a transitory international terrorist organization of nationalities, borders and continents. Hence the need for responsibility and international solidarity to help, work to overcome post-confrontation conditions, rebuild and alleviate the suffering of Iraqi victims is underscored.
We, as relevant government entities, have to work harder with the UN and with the friendly States on a project that turns this call into a practical program.
It is at least as important as the sustained and sincere efforts of all our security and intelligence services as well as our friends abroad to intensify efforts to seek and secure information which would help to determine the fate of missing and abducted persons and to free the ones who are still alive.
At the present, more than 2,500 kidnapped men and women remain missing from 6,417 Yazidis citizens who suffered kidnapping and involuntary disappearance.
We wish that the Yazidi female survivors law which has been sent to the Parliament over a year ago by the Presidency would be enacted as soon as possible.
We stressed the need to support the efforts of the Independent Investigative Team, which created by the terms of resolution 2379 (2017), to support domestic efforts to hold Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for its actions in Iraq.
Therefore, this can be done by coordinating with Iraq investigating teams and Iraqi judiciary on the collection of evidence and documents. ISIS commanders and elements those who were arrested by Iraqi State or being captured by other States must be held accountable.
 Ladies and gentlemen, we stress the importance of holding accountable those who were responsible for occupying ISIS for our cities and villages. Which resulted from material and moral damages in our security and military forces, and what the cities and unarmed civilian population have been subjected to.
In whatever form, there should be no complacency in the causes of the tragedy and its reasons to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.
We also reinforce the call for the importance of opening the mass graves (more than 80 mass graves discovered in Sinjar so far) scientifically and professionally, collecting and preserving evidence and documents confirming the condemnation of the terrorist gangs of ISIS.
The success in these endeavors is certain benefits of the Yazidis therefore it is a national and humanitarian entitlement, which prevents the recurrence of such crimes against any component of Iraq and against any citizen as well.
First and foremost, we affirm our responsibility toward ourselves to tireless work organized at the level of Islamic world to determine the causes of extremism and in the turbulent of hating, killing and destruction of extremist takfirist groups as well as uprooting and eradicating the thought and behavior which are contrary to the religious values and to human life traditions.
Joint action is needed to block and stop the financing and support of extremism and to prevent the freedom of movement and action of these individuals and groups. Joint agreements and programs of action are needed to achieve this goal in addition to incriminate anyone who helps the terrorism or turns a blind eye to the development and aggravation of terrorist acts of all their different kinds and to prevent their total elimination.
Once again, my brothers and sisters in Yazda and the organizers of this Conference, I salute your efforts, and through you I salute the civic activity seeking to establish the values of peace, coexistence, moderation and tolerance.
We hope and work to achieve reassuring results on the missing and the kidnapped persons and to end the suffering of their families.
We always cherish and remember with pride our martyrs.
Glory to the heroes who are the makers of freedom, victory and peace.
Thank you so much."



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