The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses presents a symposium:
“Yazidi Genocide: Prosecution, Protection, and Preservation.”
Nadia Murad, Recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the keynnote address. Naomi Kikoler, Deputy Director at the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Museum: “A Conversation with Nadia Murad, Nobel Laureate.”
Nadia Murad is a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (IS) launched a brutal attack on her home village. Several hundred people were massacred, and girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves. While a captive of the IS, Nadia Murad was repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses. After three months she managed to flee. She now works to help women and children who are victims of abuse and human trafficking. In 2018 Murad published a book, “The Last Girl” which will be available for sale at the event.
Naomi Kikoler is a leading expert and strategist on mass atrocity prevention and international human rights advocacy and human rights law. She is the Deputy Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. For six years she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s work on populations at risk and efforts to advance the Responsibility to Protect ( R2P ) globally, including the Centre’s UN Security Council advocacy.
This event is the keynote address of the Yazidi Genocide: Prosecution, Protection, and Preservation Symposium. The symposium, organized by the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, intends to examine the challenges facing the Yazidi people in the wake of the attempted genocide against the Yazidi initiated by ISIL in August 2014. Presentations may explore novel conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as case studies with broader implications.