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Islamic State Sex Slavery Survivor Nadia Murad is now UN Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking

Nadia was part of the non-Muslim Yazidi community which was stormed by Jihadis

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ISIS sex slave. Wikimedia
  • Nadia Murad’s family was murdered by ISIS in 2014 and she was sold into sex slavery
  • She escaped and fled to Germany and bravely told her story to the world
  • She also met Amal Clooney and wants to prosecute ISIS for crimes against humanity

Sept 16, 2016: A courageous Iraqi woman, Nadia Murad who survived life as an ISIS sex slave took hold of a UN position to emphasize and showcase the atrocities that she faced while she was with the terrorist group.

She is Yazidi by origin and she also met her human rights activist lawyer, Amal Clooney, who is an advocate fighting for the thousands of women raped and tortured by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Kurdistan wants to see jihadis in the dock in The Hague on trial for crimes against humanity.

Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer fighting against ISIS Source: Wikimedia Commons
Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer fighting against ISIS. Wikimedia

Nadia met Clooney and regional Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green) in Stuttgart, as she takes on a new role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations on human traffickers.

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Her campaign has already won her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now she plans to tell her story all over the world to highlight the horrible situation of the thousands of sex slaves who have been abused by ISIS.

Nadia was part of the non-Muslim Yazidi community which was stormed by Jihadis.

Six of her eight brothers were murdered in front of her alongside 300 other men from her village before she was snatched and repeatedly raped by ‘countless’ men, several times a day.

Her mother was killed while Nadia and her two sisters and teenage female cousins and nieces, were transported and incarcerated to the ISIS unit at Mosul with more than 150 other girls before being subjected to horrific sexual abuse.

She said she had to ‘take herself off to another world’ as she was viciously raped by the ruthless terrorists.

Nadia was eventually able to escape some three months later, fleeing to the safety of a refugee camp before finding shelter in Germany.

The UN has declared ISIS’ treatment of the Yazidi people as genocide after the terror group has launched a campaign of murder, rape, abuse, and torture against the whole population.

The young girls were even raped as they were transported to Mosul.

Nadia told the United Nations Security Council in December: “Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us. They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts.”

“One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster”, she added.

Nadia’s two sisters also survived the nightmare- one is with her in Germany while her other sister is in a refugee camp in Iraq with her two surviving brothers.

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In May, the brave survivor issued a chilling warning to the United States Senate, asserting over the fact that ISIS would continue to be a deadly threat to America unless the terror group is completely wiped out.

While speaking to the Senate Homeland Security Committee in June, Nadia said that US could expect further violence such as the attack in Orlando while the ISIS ideology continues to exist and prevail.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council last December, Nadia described the maltreatment of the Yazidi people face under ISIS, which trades women and children from the minority population as ‘war booty’.

‘Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again,’ she said as she recounted her story.

She has also pleaded the UK to take in more refugees in their countries after she was one of 1,000 offered shelter in Germany after they reached the refugee camp.

The UN said that Murad’s position in UN will focus on encouragement initiatives and to raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially the refugees, women and girls.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador Samantha Power and attorney for Murad, Amal Clooney, will attend Murad’s induction ceremony at the UN later.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from several agencies. Twitter: @NoOffense9

  • Yokeshwari Manivel

    This girls should get justice before law and they all should have given there right to life and harsh steps towards the terrorism should be take to save many innocent girls not only of muslim community also all women who are subjected to sexual abuse should get justice in the eyes of law.

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Concerns Rise Over China’s Stand at United Nations Human Rights Council

China has passed human rights reviews twice before this one, while more than 120 countries Beijing's human rights record during the most recent process.

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The 22nd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council meets in Geneva on Feb. 25, 2013. RFA

Rights activists are increasingly worried that Beijing’s influence operations are having a negative impact on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which concludes its 40th session on Friday.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) China director Sophie Richardson warned in an article this week that China is seeking to undermine the mission of the U.N. Human Rights Council from within.

She also cited HRW research in 2017 which reported threats and harassment of U.N. staff involved in human rights evaluation by Chinese officials.

“As we head towards the final phase of [China’s U.N. human rights review], ask yourself: What other government threatens #humanrights treaty body experts?” Richardson tweeted on Thursday.

“As an [Human Rights Council] member #China is expected to uphold highest standards,” she wrote in another tweet, referencing a report in The New York Times. “Instead it tells people that merely attending an event is a ‘hostile act.'”

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During the recent round, the Chinese government said it accepted most of the 346 human rights recommendations put forward by the council. VOA

According to HRW’s 2017 article based on a 97-page report: “Chinese officials have at times harassed and intimidated U.N. staff, experts on treaty bodies, and independent experts focusing on specific human rights issues.”

The 2014 death in detention of activist Cao Shunli, who was detained on her way to a U.N. human rights event in Geneva, also sent a “chilling” message to Chinese activists who may want to participate in the U.N. human rights process, the article said.

HRW isn’t the only human rights organization worried about Chinese influence at the U.N.

Renee Xia, who heads the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network, reported from a side-event of the Human Rights Council conference in Geneva this week that it was “standing room only.”

“Strong show of interest despite #China urging countries not to attend,” Xia tweeted.

“The strong attendance was more remarkable esp. after #China officials went to many countries’ diplomats at the U.N., Geneva, to threaten them with “serious consequences” if they attended the side events,” she wrote in another tweet.

“#Bullying at the UN must stop!” she wrote.

‘So many restrictions’

Wang Dan, a former leader of the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement on Tiananmen Square, is also in Geneva this week.

“To tell you the truth, my feelings during my two days here are that China has huge influence at the U.N.,” Wang told RFA.

“For example, at one side-event, it wasn’t just the Chinese delegation who spoke against [criticisms of Beijing’s rights record], but other countries came to speak in support of China’s position,” he said.

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“Many of the countries participating in the Human Rights Council are actually the ones that are carrying out the most violations of human rights, Pixabay

Wang said tight controls over public speech also make it less likely that the ruling Chinese Communist Party will have to face criticism of human rights violations coming from within its own borders.

“There are a lot of people online in China, but they are under so many restrictions,” he said. “You can’t mention the Tiananmen Massacre. You can’t mention [late Nobel peace laureate and political prisoner] Liu Xiaobo. You can’t say this, you can’t say that.”

“I don’t think that’s how you define freedom … but then the Chinese point to the U.N. charter, which says that all member states must be respected,” he said.

‘Autocratic rule the default’

Veteran New York-based rights activist Liu Qing said the work of the council had become “unrecognizable” to him.

“Many of the countries participating in the Human Rights Council are actually the ones that are carrying out the most violations of human rights,” Liu told RFA.

“The only purpose of these countries in insinuating themselves into the Human Rights Council is to curb the positive role of the Human Rights Council and make autocratic rule the default setting on the international stage,” he said.

Amnesty International blogger Shao Jiang wrote in December 2018 that Beijing is reinterpreting universal human rights as merely the right to survival, freedom to access food, and regards other definitions of human rights as secondary to trade and economic development.

“The Chinese government has appointed government officials as independent experts into the UN’s Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, and the U.N. treaty bodies,” Shao said.

China has passed human rights reviews twice before this one, while more than 120 countries Beijing’s human rights record during the most recent process.

During the recent round, the Chinese government said it accepted most of the 346 human rights recommendations put forward by the council.

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The United Nations now reports annually on government reprisals against human rights defenders participating in U.N. human rights efforts, Richardson wrote in an article in The Hill last December.

“China has topped the list of offenders in every report issued,” she said. (RFA)