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Iraq must identify way to provide justice for victims of ISIS: C4JR | Kurdistan24

The Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR), an alliance of Iraqi non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in a position paper on Monday called on the Iraqi government incorporate genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes into national law and prosecute ISIS fighters for their crimes.

Moreover, it called for the establishment of a “survivor-friendly criminal accountability mechanism meeting international standards with jurisdiction over international crimes committed by ISIL (ISIS).”

“This unique position paper on a survivor-centered ISIL accountability mechanism in Iraq is an excellent opportunity for the Iraqi government and the international community to achieve justice for survivors of ISIL violence,” ​​Wansa Shamoon, the spokesperson for Coalition for Just Reparations,  told Kurdistan 24.

“The C4JR and its member organizations invite interested parties and stakeholders to consider the principles and suggestions outlined in this position paper on a Survivor-centered ISIL Accountability Mechanism.”

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Petition calls on Iraq to construct monument for Yezidi genocide victims | Kurdistan24.net

Sixty-five individuals and organizations on Monday called on the Iraqi Government to construct a monument of remembrance for the victims and survivors of the ISIS genocide against the Yezidis.

“Memorials and monuments of the kind we are requesting preserve historical memory, educate future generations, and provide a basis for ensuring that past atrocities do not repeat themselves,” reads the petition on the website Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR), an alliance of Iraqi NGOs.

“Solidarity is the message we want to send. This petition was requested by the Yazidi community, and the input from so many organizations demonstrates that people in the region want to support each other,” Joshua Governale, Head of PR and Development at the Jiyan Foundation US, told Kurdistan 24.

Moreover, Wansa Shamoon, the spokesperson for Coalition for Just Reparations, said the organizations “hope that this petition may put the focus back on survivors of atrocities and give voice to disenfranchised groups like the Yazidi.”

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Time to address the reproductive health of displaced Iraqi women

Addressing barriers and challenges affecting service provision, Ibrahim told Amwaj.media, “Although the Jiyan Foundation works closely with beneficiaries to provide displaced women and girls with reproductive health services, such as treatment for postpartum depression, anxiety, and possibly medication for pains or related conditions, there are a number of barriers and challenges hindering access to reproductive services, including stigma and taboo.” She elaborated, “For example, some of the displaced women and girls we work with feel ashamed when they get pregnant. They will speak of themselves as being sick when they are pregnant. Some also speak of pregnancy as though it is an illness.” Ibrahim emphasized that combating stigma and taboo will require educational interventions, including workshops, personalized therapy sessions, and ongoing community engagement. 

Recounting some of the women’s experiences, Ibrahim said people in some areas access traditional healers, obtaining harmful advice and nutrition instead of visiting primary healthcare clinics, pointing to displaced Yazidis who once lived in villages in northern Iraq captured by IS. The advice provided by traditional healers has a direct impact on the health of displaced women and girls whose “lives and mental health are at risk,” Ibrahim asserted, adding, “Given these circumstances, educational interventions will be crucial.”