Year of joining GAAMAC: 2020

Yazda is a global community-led institution that protects and champions all religious and ethnic minority communities, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Kakais, Shabak, and Yazidis in Iraq, Kurdistan Region, and Syria. Founded in 2014 at the onset of the genocide perpetuated by Da’esh, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) against the Yazidis, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity against other minorities, Yazda leads advocacy and strategic projects in Dohuk, Sinjar, and the Nineveh Plains, as well as global diaspora hubs.

Yazda works hand-in-hand with partners, including United Nations agencies, key donor governments, the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments, and instrumental community organizations to ensure justice, accountability, and a sustainable future for all is swiftly reached.

Prevent and assist

Yazda aims to prevent future genocides against the Yazidi community and other minorities, and to assist them in their recovery from the 2014 genocide through accountability, advocacy and humanitarian aid:

  • The accountability mission aims to provide survivors with a sense of justice through comprehensive documentation of testimony and evidence as well as legal assistance.
  • The advocacy mission raises awareness among our partners in the international community, particularly, foreign governments, the United Nations, and other relevant international organizations about human rights violations against the Yazidis and other vulnerable groups in Iraq and Syria.
  • The humanitarian mission provides a holistic emergency livelihood response to vulnerable groups in Iraq. It comprises mental and physical health care, education, food and other aid distribution, and case management for vulnerable individuals to access government and non-government resources.

We are fervently determined to ensure that no community or people ever face genocide again. GAAMAC, as an inclusive network, contributes to in spreading and strengthening our messages.”

Elias Haider, President

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