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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

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Free Wife, Daughter of Dr Allah Nazar : American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Appeals to UN and other International bodies to act against Enforced Disappearance of Women and Babies in Pakistan

At least 8,000 Baloch are still victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan while 1500 such victims were killed and dumped, according to human rights organizations.

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The enforced disappearance of women and babies is a sequel to disappearances of the Baloch leaders, activists,  lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists and people from all walks of life who demand justice for Balochistan. Facebook
Washington DC, Oct 31, 2017: The DC-based American friends of Balochistan has appealed to the United Nations, US State Department, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Unicef, International service for Human Rights and other international bodies to step in to free four women and three babies from the illegal captivity of Pakistan security forces.
Fazila Baloch, wife of Balochistan freedom leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch and his adopted daughter Popal Jan, 4; Fazila’s friend Bibi Salma and her one-and-half years old son named Irfan;  Ayaal and her two years old daughter Zairak and a fourth woman Gohar Jan, were abducted Monday afternoon from Bibi Salma home in Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
According to details, Dr Nazar’s wife, who was badly injured in the bombing on Dr Nazar’s village in December 2012 was in Quetta for medical treatment. The bombing had killed 44 close relatves of Dr Nazar dead.

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Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch. Facebook

The AFB said the enforced disappearance of women and babies was clear violation of the Geneva conventions and shows Islamabad is committing violations of the laws of war with impunity in Balochistan.
“Enforced disappearances of women and babies show unconscionable acts of state terror is being perpetrated on Baloch civilians. The United Nations and human rights organizations should immediately hold Pakistan accountable for its actions in Balochistan. We regret that enforced disappearances in Balochistan has not received the attention of the world community, further emboldening the Deep State of Pakistan to throw the Geneva conventions to the winds in Balochistan.”
The enforced disappearance of women and babies is a sequel to disappearances of the Baloch leaders, activists,  lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists and people from all walks of life who demand justice for Balochistan.
“In the backdrop of a genocidal situation, mass graves have been found, villages have been bombed, burned and destroyed and the means of livelihood of citizens have been snatched in the length and breadth of France-sized Balochistan. All these actions of Pakistan security and intelligence services constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes, while ethnic cleansing is continuing on a daily basis to pave way for the multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.”
“In the United States when a child is abducted by any criminal we have what is called an “Amber ” alert. Within minutes across the entire United States is broadcast on television, radio, even on flashing signs on highways across the interstate. Unfortunately in Balochistan the security forces are the criminals who are doing these abductions,” the AFB said.
The AFB said two days earlier, Pakistan security forces raided Baloch homes in the Gulistan-i-Johar area of Karachi and forcibly disappeared nine youngsters, including an eight year old  boy Aftab, son of Yunus.
“No words are enough to condemn these despicable acts of the security and intelligence services against the hapless Baloch populace. We urge immediate action by the State Department and ending all dealings with the Southern Command of Pakistan army that calls the shots in Balochistan, the Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Frontier Corps in deference for the Leahy Amendment,” the AFB statement concluded.
At least 8,000 Baloch are still victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan while 1500 such victims were killed and dumped, according to human rights organizations.

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India to host UN Global Wildlife Conference in 2020

The CMS COP is held once in three years.

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CMS COP is the only international treaty devoted exclusively to migratory animal species. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 28, 2017 : India will host the next UN global wildlife conference in 2020, it was announced on Saturday.

“#India to be the host of the next CMS Conference of the Parties #CMSCOP13! Officially announced at the closing #CMSCOP12 plenary, in Manila,” the UN for Environment Programme tweeted.

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An announcement in this regard was made in the Philippine capital on the last day of the six-day 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, or CMS COP12, the only international treaty devoted exclusively to migratory animal species.

Delegates from over 120 countries had gathered there.

The CMS COP is held once in three years. (IANS)

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been named the new Goodwill Ambassador by WHO

New WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health

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President of Zimbabwe and Chairman of the African Union Robert Mugabe. Wikimedia

United Nations, October 21, 2017 : The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases.

New WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health, BBC reported on Saturday.

But critics say Zimbabwe’s health care system has collapsed, with the president and many of his senior ministers going abroad for treatment.

They say that staff are often unpaid and medicines are in short supply.

Tedros, who is Ethiopian, is the first African to lead the WHO and replaced Margaret Chan, who stepped down from her 10-year post in June.

He was elected with a mandate to tackle perceived politicisation in the organisation.

The WHO head praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”.

But US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch said it was an embarrassment to give the ambassador role to Mugabe given his record on human rights.

“If you look at Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s corruption, his utter mismanagement of the economy has devastated health services there,” said executive director Kenneth Roth.

“Indeed, you know, Mugabe himself travels abroad for his health care. He’s been to Singapore three times this year already. His senior officials go to South Africa for their health care.

“When you go to Zimbabwean hospitals, they lack the most basic necessities.”

The idea of hailing Mr Robert Mugabe “as any kind of example of positive contribution to health care is absolutely absurd”, he added.

President Robert Mugabe heard about the award while attending a conference held by the WHO, a UN agency, on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Montevideo.

He told delegates how his country had adopted several strategies to combat the challenges presented by NCDs, which the WHO says kill about 40 million people a year and include cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

“Zimbabwe has developed a national NCD policy, a palliative care policy, and has engaged United Nations agencies working in the country, to assist in the development of a cervical cancer prevention and control strategy,” Mugabe was reported by the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper as saying.

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But the President admitted that Zimbabwe was similar to other developing countries in that it was “hamstrung by a lack of adequate resources for executing programmes aimed at reducing NCDs and other health conditions afflicting the people”.

Zimbabwe’s main MDC opposition party also strongly criticised the WHO move.

“The Zimbabwe health delivery system is in a shambolic state, it is an insult,” said spokesman Obert Gutu.

“Robert Mugabe trashed our health delivery system. He and his family go outside of the country for treatment in Singapore after he allowed our public hospitals to collapse.” (IANS)