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David Campbell Bannerman, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq Speech on 27 November 2014 at the EU Parliament

Thursday, 27 November 2014 - Strasbourg
Provisional edition 7.3. Iraq: kidnapping and mistreatment of women  David Campbell Bannerman, author . - Mr President, as Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, I welcome the creation of the new unity government in Iraq and offer my delegation’s unwavering support in helping it to build a fairer, more inclusive society, including one which protects and promotes the rights of women. I condemn without reservation the barbaric killings, kidnappings, rapes, sexual violence and torture committed by ISIS fighters in Iraq.
Such actions arguably constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. These terror attacks against women and girls, committed by the so-called Islamic State and associated groups, are inhuman. They also include targeted attacks against members of the ethnic and religious minorities such as Kurds, Syrians, Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen. The utterly abhorrent use of forced religious conversions, forced marriage, sexual enslavement and gender-based violence by ISIS against women and girls in Iraq is evidence of this. Further steps need be taken to ensure the safety of women and girls ...

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