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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Yazidi Affairs Directorate denies pregnancy among women captives released by Islamic State

ERBIL-Hewler, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Yazidi Affairs Directorate in Kurdistan Regional Government denied that there are cases of abortion or pregnancy among women who were detained by Islamic State group IS, as pointed out to Kurdistan procedures of members of the community.

IS had kidnapped hundreds of girls and women from different ethnic groups, especially Yazidi Kurdish girls during the invasion of the north and west of the country last summer.

Militants have sold the women and girls on IS elements in slavery markets to take them as sex slaves, but some of them managed to escape from the grip of militants.

Kurdish Yazidi women

Thousands of Kurdish Yazidi women and girls have been forced to marry or been sold into sexual slavery by the IS jihadists. Photo: SN

 This has led a number of members of Kurdistan Parliament to move towards the enactment of a law that give permission to perform exceptional abortions, without exposure to prosecution, especially that Iraqi law prohibits doing this type of operation.

Some press reports have talked about the pregnancy for some women who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of IS jihadists, during the period of their detention.

For that , a group of parliamentarians interested in human rights in Kurdistan region initiated to work on wording of the draft law that provides exceptional law for those women having abortions.

The MP in Kurdistan Parliament from the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Aiden Maroof said that 62 Yazidi and Turkoman woman were raped by IS militants.

However, the general manager of the Yazidi affairs in Kurdistan Regional Government, Khairy Bozani said, that “the debate on this topic has no credibility and we do not accept it.”

He said that 321 were women released or escaped from IS and there is no pregnancy among women raped by terrorists, but he also said that there was one woman was carrying a fetus among the detained women and made sure from her condition of being pregnant before her abduction.

“We as a society have habits and Kurdish traditions that are very conservative towards issues related to honor, what has been carried out by IS militants of assault and rape against Yazidi women and other Iraqi women, aimed at smearing the sacred values. Therefore, we do not accept more than talking about it and this talk have no basis. ”

Reports which indicated that some Yazidi families refused the return of their captive daughters by IS, Bozani said, “This is ridiculous and unfounded. We talked with most of these families and they showed opposite of what the international reports have talked about.”

The IS group has extended its control on most Kurdish parts of  Yazidi Sinjar (Shingal) district (124 km west of Mosul) on August 3, 2014 which led thousands of Kurdish families to flee to Mount Sinjar, where they were trapped in it and suffered from significant lack of water and food, killing and abduction of thousands of Yazidis hundreds buried alive, and countless acts of rape, kidnapping and enslavement are perpetuated against Yazidi women.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of Kurdish Yazidi women and girls have been forced to marry or been sold into sexual slavery by the IS jihadists, according to Amnesty International.

Kurdish forces have recovered in recent months, the majority of areas which were lost in the summer, including most of Sinjar district which is a stronghold of the Yezidi areas.

On the number of the Yazidis abducted by IS , Bozani said, “According to our estimates, more than 3500 people are held by IS and distributed on their presence between Iraq and Syria.”

On the Kurdistan Region’s actions against Yazidis, specifically families of the victims, General Manager of Yazidis Affairs said that, “we are going to register martyrs in the Ministry of Martyrs and ensure the treatment of the wounded.”

Yazidis are religious group most of its members live near Mosul and Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, an estimated 600 thousand people, and smaller groups living in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia.

According to the researchers, the Yazidi religion is of the ancient Kurdish 

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