Early day motion 920

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ABUSES AGAINST YEZIDI WOMEN AND MINORITIES BY ISIL

That this House remains extremely concerned about the treatment of minorities in Iraq and parts of Syria by ISIL (also known as Daesh), and in particular the persecution of Yezidi women who have been brutally targeted since August 2014 and continue to be held in ISIL captivity in large numbers as part of ISIL's ruthless attempts to eliminate non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslims in the area; is appalled by the evidence of abuses against these women including enslavement, torture and tape; notes the recently released Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which concludes that the acts committed by ISIL against the Yezidi minority might constitute genocide; also notes the traumatising effects of these abuses, which have caused some women and girls to commit suicide; and calls on the Government and its international partners to increase humanitarian efforts to protect Yezidi women, and minority communities more generally, in the region, to do more to locate and release women held captive, to improve protection and facilities for those women who have been released or have escaped, and to assist in gathering evidence for use in future prosecutions of the perpetrators.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 25.03.2015
Clwyd, Ann Labour Party Cynon Valley 25.03.2015
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 25.03.2015
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 25.03.2015
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 25.03.2015