Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) - Today in Oslo, Nadia Murad, a Yezidi human rights activist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. She is the first Yezidi, Kurd, and Iraqi to win the award.
The Kurdistan Regional Government US Representation congratulates Ms. Murad on this remarkable achievement and reiterates the KRG's commitment to religious freedom, peace-building and seeking justice for the victims of ISIS' genocide.
Ms. Murad's is an extraordinary story of suffering that includes genocide and sexual violence at the hands of ISIS, yet also resilience and an unwavering drive to better the lives of her fellow Yezidis and all who suffer persecution and sexual violence.
We support Ms. Murad, congratulate her on the Nobel Prize for Peace and wish her success in her endeavors on behalf of those who cannot speak out. We support the right of all to practice their faith freely and without fear of persecution.
We call on the UN investigative team to expedite the process of bringing those ISIS members responsible for genocide to justice. At the same time, we ask that the international community increase their efforts to rebuild Shingal and other areas destroyed by ISIS, so that Yezidis, Christians, and other displaced by the war may return to their homes.