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The Persecution of the Yazidis

Chatham House, London


HH Prince Tahseen Saeed Ali, Leader of the Yazidi People

Chair: Dr Nelida Fuccaro, Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East, SOAS


On 3 August 2014, ISIS militants attacked Sinjar: a Kurdish-controlled, Northern Iraqi town predominantly occupied by Yazidis.

In the intervening two years, extensive witness testimonies and the discovery of mass graves around Sinjar have evidenced ISIS’s responsibility for the expulsion, flight, forced apostasy, murder and sexual enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and men.

Prince Tahseen Saeed Ali, the global leader of the Yazidis, will outline the difficulties endured by his people since the rise of ISIS in Iraq and his hopes for the future of the Yazidi people.