The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s declaration that Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) has committed genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq has been welcomed by the head of a charity working with thousands of Internally Displaced People in the north of the country.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of AMAR US and Chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, agreed that it was now “beyond doubt” that genocide had been waged on the Yazidis and other minority religions and she has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin an immediate investigation.

“All those who have seen the situation on the ground for themselves and have talked to these poor people about their terrible experiences know that this has been the very definition of genocide – the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, or cultural group,” said the Baroness today.

“A genocide should have been declared many months ago as it was quite obvious this was a deliberate attempt by these ISIS thugs to wipe out the Yazidi population; men, women and children.  Hopefully this statement from the Holocaust Museum will push the ICC to begin proceedings.”

Baroness Nicholson said the evidence against Islamic State was overwhelming.

“AMAR teams have been working with the Yazidi people in the camps around Dohuk in Iraq for the last 18 months. I have personally listened to countless horrifying accounts from these poor people.  Stories of murder, systematic rape, torture, and slavery have been all too common and these evil people must be made to answer for this. It is beyond doubt that it is genocide.”

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