Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad to discuss Yazidi genocide in Iraq

Nadia Murad, recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and David Simon, director of the Genocide Studies Program, will discuss the Islamic State’s (IS) attempted genocide against the Yazidi people of northern Iraq at Yale on Thursday, April 18.

The event is the keynote address of the “Yazidi Genocide: Prosecution, Protection, and Preservation” symposium organized by the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. It will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St. Advanced registration is required.

Nadia Murad
Nadia Murad

Murad is a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 IS launched an attack on her home village. Several hundred people were massacred, and girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves. While a captive of the IS, Murad was repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses. After three months she managed to flee. She now works to help women and children who are victims of abuse and human trafficking. In 2018 Murad published a book, “The Last Girl,” which will be available for sale at the event.

Kikoler is a leading expert and strategist on mass atrocity prevention and international human rights advocacy and human rights law. She is the deputy director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For six years she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect's work on populations at risk and efforts to advance the Responsibility to Protect globally, including the Centre's UN Security Council advocacy.

The “Yazidi Genocide: Prosecution, Protection, and Preservation” symposium will examine the challenges facing the Yazidi people in the wake of the attempted genocide against the Yazidi initiated by IS in August 2014. Presentations will explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader implications.

To learn more about Murad’s advocacy initiative for those impacted by genocide, visit the Nadia’s Initiative website.

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