UN Condemns Jihadists Over Attacks on Iraq's Minority

The UN Security Council has condemned attacks by jihadists in northern Iraq, warning those responsible could face trial for crimes against humanity, amid fears the besieged Yazidi minority could be wiped out.

Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies to thousands of desperate people hiding in mountains from Islamic State (IS) fighters, as officials warned that the Yazidi in the town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border, risked being massacred or starved into extinction.

A Yazidi lawmaker broke down in tears during a parliament session as she urged the government and the international community to save her community from Islamic militants who have overrun the region.

"Over the past 48 hours, 30,000 families have been besieged in the Sinjar mountains, with no water and no food," said Vian Dakhil.

"Seventy children have already died of thirst and 30 elderly people have also died," she said.

Dakhil said 500 Yazidi men had been killed by the militants since they took over Sinjar and surrounding villages on Sunday. Their women were enslaved as "war booty", she said.

"We are being slaughtered, our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth. I am begging you, in the name of humanity."

The UN Security Council said IS militants posed a threat not only to Iraq and Syria, but to "regional peace, security and stability."

"Widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable," said a Security Council statement read by British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.

He singled out the plight of the Yazidi, a closed community that follows an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism and referred to by jihadists as "devil worshippers".

"Many of these Iraqis have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped," said the Council statement.

Sinjar is also a temporary home for thousands of displaced people from other minorities, such as Shiite Turkmen who fled the nearby city of Tal Afar when the jihadists launched their offensive on June 9.

The attack on Sinjar sent thousands of people running from their homes in panic, some of them scurrying into the mountains with no supplies.

"Families who fled the area are in immediate need of urgent assistance, including up to 25,000 children who are now stranded in mountains surrounding Sinjar and are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including drinking water and sanitation services," UNICEF said.

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21/D-26
Aug 21, 2014
09:39 AM

Indian Muslims unequivocally condemn brutal atrocities of ISIS

Here is the full list of signatories: - Anwaar

How nice! These "well meaning" intellectuals now claim (or Anwaar does on their behalf) to speak for Indian Muslims. What about those who demonstrate on the streets and wear ISIS T-shirts to show their support? Or the Urdu Press which lauds ISIS as the saviour of Islam? Oh wait. These people aren't Indian Muslims, but dropped in from another planet.

This is the same rubbish we keep hearing. The "liberal, moderate" Muslims voice their opposition to ISIS in TV studios and news conferences. The rank and file voice their support by rioting in the streets.

I posted a link some time ago that more British Muslims have joined ISIS that are in the British Army. TSays a lot doesn't it?

Bonita, Chennai
20/D-6
Aug 21, 2014
01:36 AM


Indian Muslims unequivocally condemn brutal atrocities of ISIS

Here is the full list of signatories:

twocircles.net/2014aug19/indian_muslims_unequivocally_condemn_brutal_atrocities_isis.html#.U_T_Yjwg8qS

Anwaar, Dallas
19/D-5
Aug 21, 2014
01:32 AM


The parallel Press Conferences held in Mumbai and Delhi yesterday, August 19 to release the statement signed by over 80 Muslim activists, intellectuals, religious and community leaders, scholars and academics denouncing the ISIS for its barbarism against Iraq's minorities has received wide media coverage.

Full Statement:

Indian Muslims Condemn the Brutal Atrocities by ISIS against Minorities in Iraq and Syria; denounce religious intolerance, persecution and violence in the name of Islam

Indian Muslims are shocked and pained by the brutality and atrocities being perpetrated by the ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) against Christians, Shias, Kurds, Yazidis and other minorities in the regions now under their control. We strongly condemn such barbarism which is against the teachings of Islam. We express our heart-felt sympathies and solidarity with the survivors of those whose near and dear ones have been mercilessly butchered, and the tens of thousands of Iraq’s minorities who have been dispossessed, forced to flee their homes and are now living in extremely difficult circumstances.

The barbaric conduct of the ISIS is all the more reprehensible because its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaims to be the ‘Caliph’ of the entire Muslim world and his armed group are supposedly acting in the name of Islam. We welcome the fact that most religious leaders and Islamic scholars from across the world, including India, have debunked al-Baghdadi’s claim of being a Caliph.

Alongside the ongoing tormenting of common citizens and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in areas under their control, the ISIS has been enforcing its own intolerant, extremist, violent, distorted interpretation of Islam on Muslims who are also Sunnis. This too deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible words. We call upon Muslim religious leaders in India and elsewhere to add their voice to that of Muslim organisations and individuals who have already denounced al-Baghdadi and his ISIS for distorting Islam’s message for peace and for their barbaric conduct.

The unspeakable atrocities and mass crimes against Iraq’s minorities are nothing short of ‘crimes against humanity’, ‘religious/ethnic cleansing’. We appeal to the United Nations to urgently intervene, create the circumstances where those forced to flee feel secure enough to return to their homes and cities with full honour and dignity, and hold the ISIS accountable for its heinous acts.

While the ISIS must be held fully responsible for its unconscionable acts, the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait etc. cannot escape their share of the blame in fuelling the flames. The worsening plight of Iraq’s Christians is but a legacy of America’s illegal, unwarranted and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its subsequent engineering of sectarian strife to divide the Iraqi resistance to the occupation.

Dictator Saddam Hussain was no angel but under him the country’s 1.4 million Christians were free to practice their faith. Many occupied high government posts. It is ironic that the US is now bombing the very ISIS to which it had earlier provided training, arms and ammunition in an attempt to dislodge Syria's authoritarian President, Bashar al-Assad. For their own myopic ends, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait etc have been backing an array of radical Islamist outfits of which the ISIS -- a monster now seemingly out of control -- was an integral part.

We urge a global condemnation of the ISIS and all its allies, overt or covert.
 

Anwaar, Dallas
18/D-89
Aug 15, 2014
07:26 PM

Muslim baiters will of course highlight the crazy Nadwis and the Neanderthal Urdu press ' Anwaar

So if we criticize Nadvies or ISISI killers then we are Muslim Baiters ??

Kamaal hein !! Toh kaya unki Puja Kaein ???

Faruki some thing wrong with you ??

a k ghai, mumbai
17/D-81
Aug 15, 2014
05:47 PM


The War of Cultures is between Jihadists and Muslims.''Anwaar

Oh common War is not between Jihadists and Muslims it massacre of Christians,Shias,Yazidis .
As usual you when see butchery by the Muslims you must try to play with words and cover up the killers.

My friend this ploy does not work any more .

Yes this is war of cultures -first Shias and Christians ,Hindus and now Yazidis .

You can give which ever twist you want to give but fact remains it is War of Cultures .

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
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