Press Release – Duhok, 17 August 2020
The Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence (CIGE) releases the report: “Consultations for Reparations: Enhancing Victims Participation towards the development of a Comprehensive Reparation Policy”
From October 2019 to February 2020, the Outreach Team of the Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence (CIGE) conducted consultations with 206 Yazidi women survivors of ISIL crimes residing across 14 IDP camps within Duhok governorate to collect their needs, feedback and opinions towards the development of a comprehensive reparation policy. From the accounts of survivors that CIGE has been collecting since 2014 as part of its investigative mandate, transpires the complex and multi-faceted nature of the violations they have been subject to, giving rise to different needs, considerations, and gendered dimensions specific to the harm suffered. More importantly, these accounts underscore the need for a comprehensive reparation program consisting of different measures tailored to specific individual and collective, material and symbolic needs of victims.
Through the initiative “Consultations for Reparations: Enhancing Victims Participation towards the development of a Comprehensive Reparation Policy”, CIGE sought to provide a first insight into the reparation needs of Yazidi women survivors. A light was shed upon the different and multilayered conceptions of justice and effective redress held by the Yazidi women survivors community. “CIGE wants to make a constructive contribution to the discussion on reparations currently underway in the whole of Iraq by bringing to the fore the voices of ISIL survivors,” said Judge Ayman Mostafa, Investigating Judge and Head of CIGE. The now published report presents the findings of the consultations against the backdrop of the Draft Law on Female Yazidi Survivors’ Law currently being discussed at Iraqi Parliament level. CIGE used the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparations for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law as its analytical framework. Finally, based on the findings of the consultations, the report also offers a series of recommendations, which aim to inform the design of a comprehensive reparation programme that fully caters to the needs of Yazidi women survivors and the larger Yazidi community.
CIGE extends its utmost gratitude to the Yazidi women survivors who generously shared their thoughts, concerns, and needs throughout the consultations. It is also particularly thankful for the participation of the Iraqi parliamentary committee on Migration and IDP affairs, and the cooperation of governmental organizations. The Civil Peace Service program of German development cooperation, implemented through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, provided valuable technical support, and international and non-governmental organizations gave precious feedback throughout the consultations.
The report is available in both English and Arabic language (see links below).
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