Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and Yazidi-People filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to French industrial firm Lafarge within the US District Court docket for the Jap District of New York on Thursday. The complaints are beneath civil provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, intending to acquire compensation from Lafarge for its legal conspiracy with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking spiritual group residing in elements of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, and the vast majority of them reside in Iraq right this moment. Within the mid-2010s, the Islamic State carried out brutal assaults in opposition to the Yazidi individuals within the Sinjar space of northern Iraq, destroying the spiritual neighborhood of 400,000 individuals by killings, sexual slavery and different actions.
Karim Khan, the particular adviser and head of UNITAD, reported in 2016 that there’s clear and convincing evidence that these crimes focusing on Yazidis constituted genocide. The US lawmakers in 2016 additionally handed a resolution to label Islamic State crimes as genocide.
In 2022, French conglomerate Lafarge S.A., the world’s largest cement producer, pleaded guilty in a New York federal courtroom for paying $5.92 million in help of the terrorist teams ISIS and the al-Nusrah Entrance (ANF) between 2013 and 2014. Due to this fact, the civil lawsuit filed in federal courtroom in New York requires that Lafarge “should pay compensation to the survivors.”
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and veteran US diplomat Lee Wolosky symbolize the plaintiffs on this case. Amal Clooney has referred to as for a formal investigation into the Islamic State for the crime of genocide and calls for justice for the Yazidi individuals. In a press release, Wolosky said: “Whereas final 12 months’s responsible plea was unprecedented, it’s not sufficient. Lafarge must be held to account by these harmed by its illegal conduct.”