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 assessment he has made of the (a) physical safety and (b) human rights of members of Yazidi communities from Iraq and Syria that have (i) returned and (ii) 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)

British Embassy Baghdad made an assessment in May 2019 on the situation of Yazidis that were returning or seeking to return to their home areas. This was informed by a visit by the British Ambassador to Baghdad, Jon Wilks, to Yazidi areas of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and discussions with Yazidi leaders and IDPs. The principal Yazidi concerns as expressed to the Embassy were physical safety, including related to the behaviour of state security actors; justice for the victims of Daesh; and restoration of services, including reconstruction and psycho-social support. We continue to encourage and support progress on all these issues.

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