Middle East: Yazidis

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to support the Yazidi people in Iraq and Syria.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department has made available to members of Yazidi communities from Iraq and Syria that have (a) returned and (b) sought to return to their home areas.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We are committed to supporting the rights of the Yazidi community, like other minority groups, in Iraq and Syria and assisting them to overcome the appalling suffering they faced from Daesh. We support the safe, voluntary and dignified return of displaced members of the Yazidi community to areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq and continue to engage with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government on this. I discussed this with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim on 25 June. We have also contributed £23.5 million to the UN's Funding Facility for Stabilisation to help Iraq rebuild liberated areas to enable return. In north-east Syria, DFID supports UN and other humanitarian agencies to provide life-saving aid to displaced persons, including Yazidis. This assistance includes healthcare; child protection and education; and emergency supplies such as shelter and food.

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