Civil society

Dialogue can lead to change

Human rights defenders and other persons from different ethnic and religious communities are agents for change in conflict-ridden societies

Cooperation between local, national and international agents for change play a crucial role in monitoring human rights violations on the basis of ethnic and religious belonging.

Ernesto Verdeja on the role of politicians and civil actors in preventing atrocity crimes

Several international non-governmental organisations cooperate with local partners to monitor the conditions and voice the rights of persons belonging to the Yazidi community or other ethnic and religious groups in a vulnerable situation in Iraq. Among them are Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights.

Several national initiatives have also been taken to build foundations for inclusive citizenship and human rights. The work of the Inter-Faith Council of Iraq  is one example of an initiative that celebrates diversity as a central component of Iraqi common identity. Also the MASARAT for media and cultural development contributes to these efforts.

The Alliance of Iraqi Minorities  is among the civil society initiatives that aims to preserve both ethnic and religious diversity, and help rebuild trust among different components of society. Also number of local initiatives, not least among youth, also give hope for a revival of the old Iraqi tradition for coexistence in the future . In October 2018 a group of young students in northern Iraq – Muslims, Yazidi and Christians – organised an excursion to visit each others holy places.

Related resources
External Links

Here are a few selected recent reports and films addressing issues related to the Yazidi case. In the case and topic sections you will find links to other relevant external resources.