Scottish parliament recognises Yazidi genocide

Bones, suspected to belong to members of Iraq's Yazidi community, are seen in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Sinjar, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Ari Jalal/Files

The Scottish parliament has recognised the killing, enslavement and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Yazidis at the hands of the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group as genocide.

Submitted by Scottish National Party (SNP) lawmaker Ben Macpherson, the motion titled ‘Justice for Yazidis’ was adopted by all parliamentary groups.

The Scottish Parliament will now demand that the perpetrators be brought before the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Kurdish ANF News Agency, reported.

In April 2016, the British Parliament also recognised the crimes committed against the Yazidis and other minorities as a systematic form of extermination.

Scotland has called on the British government to take immediate and determined measures to prevent further violations of human rights and to accept the victims of these crimes as refugees.

Genocide survivor and UN special envoy, Nadia Murad, who attended a meeting before the decision was taken thanked the parliament for its decision.

“Recognition of the genocide by the Scottish Parliament enlightened the hearts of thousands of Yazidis. Tragedy of ISIS victims must be acknowledged worldwide,” Murad wrote on Twitter.

Thousands of Yazidis were killed and thousands of women and children were kidnapped when IS attacked the Yazidi homeland Shingal in northern Iraq in August 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis still live in refugee camps in Syria, the Kurdistan region and Turkey, while at least 1,800 Yazidi women are thought to be in the hands of IS as sex slaves.