2014 Genocide

Genocide was first recognised as a crime under international law in 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/96-I). It was codified as an independent crime in the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention). The Convention has been ratified by 149 States (as of January 2018).


Article II

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

  1. Killing members of the group;

  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.


Throughout history, the Ezidi people have suffered killings, destruction and discrimination in 74 different times because of  their culture, religion and tradition.

The most recent act of annihilation started in 2014.


On the 3rd of August 2014, ISIS invaded the Ezidis’ regions in Iraq and destroyed the Ezidi community. In Sinjar, more than 2,000 people (mostly men) were systematically killed and more than 6,000 women and children were raped, tortured and held in captivity.

It took two long years for the international community, including the United Nations and the European Parliament, to officially recognize this tragedy as a genocide.

In the meantime, since August 2014, the Ezidi society collapsed. The survivors have lost everything and have been forced away from their homes, schools, universities or jobs. 
Survivors were sent to Internally Displaced People camps (IDPs), where nowadays more than 300.000 of them have been living for 5 years.
Currently, camps are not safe and stable places to live in due to lack of services, aid and personnel; not to forget about the indifference of governmental bodies and local institutions. Most of the Ezidis suffered from psychological conditions and are lacking proper help, some of them have committed suicide.

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Today, the genocide is still ongoing. 

Ezidis are still getting killed and thousands, mostly women and children,  are still missing as they are being held captive by ISIS.

In addition, the Ezidi survivors in IDPs are living in conditions that are violating the most fundamental human rights.