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May 5th, 2015

NDP statement on atrocities against the Yezidi community in Iraq

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar and NDP Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement today regarding the mass execution of Yezidis in Iraq:

‎"Like all Canadians, New Democrats are disgusted and appalled by the mass execution of Yezidis by ISIS militants in Iraq.

"According to reports from Iraqi officials and human rights observers, up to 300 Yezidis were killed by ISIS last week near Mosul. This horrific attack follows months of targeted atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against the Yezidi people in Iraq and the region. These attacks are clearly aimed at the decimation and destruction of the Yezidi people, as well as their homes and heritage. ‎Those responsible for these heinous crimes must be held accountable.

"Canada needs to address the deepening humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria and Iraq, including targeted assistance for minority groups such as Yezidis. The Conservatives should also increase and expedite the acceptance of refugees forced to flee their homes as a result of this conflict, and support international efforts to bring perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes to justice.”