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Due to the precarious humanitarian situation for the Yazidi community, DROI Chair Antonio Panzeri issued a statement calling for full respect of their rights and freedoms.

“On 2 April 2019, I had the opportunity to meet a delegation from the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany, invited by the Committee on Development to address the situation of Yazidis from a human rights and humanitarian point of view.

The delegation gave me a detailed overview of the current issues and key challenges facing the Yazidi community. Only through full recognition of and respect for its rights and freedoms will the Yazidi community be protected. Human Rights are not an abstract concept. In this specific case, human rights are the only way of ensuring that this community is treated with respect and dignity. In addition, it is indispensable within the partnership agreements between the EU and countries where Yazidis live, that we also guarantee that economic benefits go directly to this community.

The European Parliament and most specifically the Subcommittee on Human Rights have been paying close attention to the Yazidis’ situation in Iraq over the last few years. In fact, two Yazidi women, Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Lamya Haji Bashar, both survivors of sexual enslavement by the Islamic State, were awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought”, said Mr Panzeri in his statement.


Office of MEP Pier Antonio PANZERI