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UN monitors demand urgent action to stop Iraq Yezidi 'genocide'

Published on Aug 12, 2014 10:08 PM
 
Displaced people from the minority Yezidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate. UN rights monitors called Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, for the global community to take urgent action to avoid a potential genocide against the Yezidi community in Iraq. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - UN rights monitors called Tuesday for the global community to take urgent action to avoid a potential genocide against the Yezidi community in Iraq.

Thousands of members of the Yezidi religious minority are trapped on a mountain in north-western Iraq with little food or water after Islamic State jihadists overran the region.

"All possible measures must be taken urgently to avoid a mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours," said UN minority rights expert Rita Izsak.

"Civilians need to be protected on the ground and escorted out of situations of extreme peril," Ms Izsak said in a joint statement with fellow monitors, urging action by the Iraqi government and international community.

 
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