Brussels – 7 June 2017 – A conference organized to discuss the shape of Post-ISIS Iraq concluded with consensus on a broad array of steps to return displaced persons to their homes and rebuild. Noting that the impending fall of Mosul does not signify “Game Over” for European Union institutions and member states, the conference developed seven major options for Europe and Iraqi authorities for the “Post-ISIS” phase of the conflict in Iraq.
Minority communities in Iraq fear their ancestral lands will be stolen by government-backed forces as ISIS is pushed back, a new report finds. Territories ‘liberated’ from ISIS months ago remain occupied by Shi’a militias, Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraq Security Forces while Yezidis, Christians, Shabak and Turkmen have yet to return, a coalition of international NGOs reports.
MRG intern, Helen Haile, a postgraduate student in International Relations at King’s College London focusing on political violence, the Middle East and human rights, takes a look at the horrifying figures behind the genocide of one of Iraq’s most vulnerable religious minorities.
Being uprooted from your home by war is unimaginably tough for anyone, but for Roma families displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a new life in a strange city is especially difficult because of the marginalisation and discrimination they face on a daily basis.
After having to flee the war in the east, Tamara, a Romani woman who is 43, now lives with seven other members of her close family, including her daughter Yana who is two years old, and her elderly disabled mother, in a one bedroom flat in a low-income neighbourhood on the edge of the capital city Kiev.
As Iraq continues to struggle with armed conflict and a protracted humanitarian crisis, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights have launched a new online reporting tool to empower local civilians to monitor and document human rights violations.