Amal Clooney and her client, Nadia Murad tell to Fareed Zakaria why it is necessary to bring ISIS/Daesh to justice.
(CNN) A Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and taken as a sex slave by ISIS told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday that the Iraqi government and the UN should establish an investigation in order to bring members of the brutal regime to justice.
Nadia Murad, along with her counsel, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, described her ordeal to Zakaria. It began in 2014 after ISIS militants arrived at her village in Sinjar, Kurdistan, she said.
“Early morning on August 3, 2014, they attacked us,” she recalled.
“Nearly 6,500 women and children from the Yazidi were abducted and about 5,000 people from the community were killed during that day. For eight months, they separated us from our mothers and our sisters and our brothers, and some of them were killed and others disappeared.”
Murad’s mother and six of her brothers and stepbrothers were executed. Murad, along with other unmarried women, was taken as a sex slave and passed around various ISIS militants.
At one point, she told the UN Security Council in 2015, as punishment for a failed escape attempt, she was gang raped until she passed out. All of this, she said, was considered legal under ISIS rule — which dictates that Yazidis, because they do not practice Islam, can be taken as slaves on religious grounds.
“They sold girls, girls that were underage, because ISIS considered that permissible under Islamic law,” Murad said. “They came not just to attack certain people, but they came for all Yazidis.”
The violence against the Yazidi community continues to this day, said Clooney, who represents Murad. More than 6,000 Yazidis are believed to remain in captivity, some of them from Murad’s own family, Clooney said.
It’s time, she said, to bring ISIS to justice for committing some of “the worst crimes of our generation.”
“We know that there’s a military campaign going on where ISIS is being taken on on the battlefield. What we want is to see ISIS members also in a courtroom,” Clooney said.
There hasn’t been a “single prosecution against ISIS in a court anywhere in the world for the crimes committed against the Yazidis … for any international crimes,” she added.
Last week, Clooney addressed the UN in a bid to convince the Security Council to set up an investigation in Iraq to start collecting evidence. “ISIS is not a local threat, it’s a global threat,” Amal Clooney said.
“So, my message to the UN was, this is a global threat. It needs a global response. And part of that response must be a judicial one. It cannot be only on the battlefield. You can’t defeat ISIS on the battlefield alone, because you have to also deal with future recruiting. And I think trials and exposing the brutality of ISIS and trying to make a dent in some of their shiny propaganda by showing that it’s not a holy war and showing what they’re really doing to children, to women, is one way to help that,” she said.
Clooney believes an investigation also is crucial to ensure that evidence is properly collected. “ISIS has set up a whole bureaucracy involving the slave trade where they’ve set up committees, they’ve set up courts, so there are documents, there’s DNA, there are mass graves, and nobody is actually collecting this evidence. And if it gets lost, it means we can never have trials and we can never have justice,” she said.
Amal Clooney said she is asking the Iraqi government and the UN to step in and set up a thorough investigation. In order to make that happen, she said, Iraq needed only to send a letter to the Security Council saying, “Please establish an investigation.”
“There’s already a resolution drafted and ready,” she said, “And if Iraq just sends the letter, then there will be a vote. And from all of my conversations, including with the Russian ambassador and the United States ambassador and others, it seems that there’s actually broad support in the Council.
“So, this actually should move forward. It’s in line with the Iraqi government’s interests, because they’re going after ISIS.”
Murad, who now lives in Germany, said she hoped ISIS would finally be brought to justice.
Then, she said, switching from her native language to a halting English, she “wondered,” that “maybe if I can speak English, maybe the UN, they can understand … what we want. But I can’t.”
“We can hear you no matter what language you speak,” said Zakaria.
Here the full video :
Amal Clooney acting on behalf of the Yazidis in Iraq is calling for a formal investigation into Islamic State (IS) for the crime of genocide.
On Tuesday, she discussed the decision with Fiona Bruce on BBC News, which showed a haunting reel of ISIS atrocities before the beginning of the interview.
“I’ve been to refuges in Germany like the one you showed in your piece and I have interviewed former child soldiers and young girls who were raped and enslaved by ISIS,” Clooney told Bruce.
“It’s been the most harrowing testimony I’ve ever heard. We know that it’s genocide. The UN has said so. In other words: ISIS is trying to destroy them as a group and we are allowing it to happen without actually calling ISIS to account,” she added.
One of the first steps to holding ISIS responsible, Amal Clooney explained, is to preserve evidence of the atrocities on the ground. Unfortunately, that evidence is hard to collect, and it’s disappearing fast. “There are mass graves that are being discovered; just a few days ago in Mosul a huge mass grave that’s thought to have 4,000 bodies in it was discovered and there’s other types of evidence as well,” she explained.
She’ll be back on the world stage this week, appearing at the United Nations.
More information here
Amal Clooney wore a
Ribbed Short-Sleeve Mock-Neck Sweater
on sale for $414 here
with big thanks to Gaëla for the ID !
Amal Clooney attended the ADP Rethink Global Human Capital Management conference in Barcelona yesterday as speaker.
“What role can business play in advancing human rights ?”
The closing keynote was moderated by Nick Clooney, award winning journalist and Amal’s father-in-law.
Followed by a Meet & Greet … Photo oppurtinity with Amal Clooney !
More information about the event here
Amal Clooney wore
Harding Sweater by ALTUZARRA
Spring Summer collection the “Tutti Frutti”
The Harding sweater is available here at Bergdorf and Goodman
with pointy patent pumps.
Amal Clooney was among the most influential women in the world gathered at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday.
Along with her husband, George Clooney, Amal attended the Women of Impact dinner hosted by Tina Brown (and co-hosted by Credit Suisse) in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum is hosting its annual meeting.
The gathering hosts powerful men and women from around the globe, including Chinese president Xi Jinping, Nigeria’s female finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The theme of the event, “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” will examine the way technology is changing the world.
Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, appeared as honored guests at Tina Brown’s Women of Impact dinner Tuesday night.
Nadia Murad’s plight and the terrible atrocities being committed by ISIS was a main topic of discussion for the evening.
So inspired by Amal Clooney… the work that she is doing on behalf of female refugees terrorized by ISIS is some of the most important human rights work of our day. What a brave, intelligent woman… she has one lucky husband! ❤️☺️ #davos #wef #makeadifference #womenofinfluencedinner #tinabrown #creditsuisse #clooneyfoundationforjustice
Amal Clooney wore
CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE, 1963
AN IVORY SEQUINED AND BLUE MOIRE COCKTAIL DRESS, THE FABRIC BY MAISON MARESCOT.
LOT SOLD. 8,125 EUR by Sotheby’s (2015)
part of the Didier Ludot collection
and the closet of Romy Schneider.
This dress was sourced by William Vintage to Amal Clooney.
and was available here
Pumps in olive green on sale here
DOLCE & GABBANA
Sofia velvet clutch in grey
here in emerald
and Chinese knot earrings.
// Official pictures by David Biedert // Last four pics via Nadia Murad Facebook
“As women, there is a bond we all share,” Amal Clooney told a sold-out audience at the 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center. “
Amal Clooney has worked closely with many influential people, not the least of which being her philanthropist/award-winning actor husband George Clooney. But when asked whom she admires most as a role model, the human rights attorney answered from the heart.
“I think growing up my mother was definitely a role model, she was always a working woman and someone who is independent and cared about her career and cared about being independent but also had balance,” she said during a Q&A at the Texas Conference for Women, where she was the keynote speaker on Tuesday.
“She never lost her femininity and she believed the balance was important and that is something that stuck with me,” added Clooney, who looked elegant in a pinstripe dress.
Amal Clooney also mentioned associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as one of her biggest inspirations. “When I was a junior lawyer she was incredible to watch in action in court, how she had so many cases in her head and firing questions at these lawyers standing before her,” she explained, adding, “But then also on the personal side, [she] was just lovely and I was the most junior and irrelevant person in her chamber … and she was very charming and very balanced.”
During her keynote speech, Amal Clooney discussed women’s rights around the world, and spoke at length about her 23-year-old Yazidi client Nadia Murad, who is now a political refugee in Germany after living in captivity as an ISIS sex slave. Since her escape, Murad has stood up to her former captors by becoming a women’s rights activist and by speaking out against the Islamic State. She has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize for her efforts.
“I am advocating for the United Nations Security Council to do more to prosecute [ISIS]. I am addressing the security council next month,” Amal Clooney promised.
In closing, she reminded the audience, “As women, there is a bond that we all share. It’s a bond of shared experience. Experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face. The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other. And this is something that we can practice everyday no matter where we are or what we do. Because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do.” via People magazine
Amal Clooney wore a pinstriped dress with half sleeves
by GIORGIO ARMANI
I found the same dress in blue
available here at Neiman Marcus
(Amal’s dress has the same exposed zip too)
with PAUL ANDREW
If you want similar earrings, I found these ones and they are quite affordable.
available here £33.60