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Yazidi Woman, survivor of ISIS to Eurofora+COE: Justice + Help Genocide Victims and AFRIN People

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22. 05. 2018.
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after participating in a CoE's Debate against Human Trafficking nowadays, Yazidi Minority Young Woman former ISIS' Prisoner, Farida Abbas Khalaf from Iraq, who has nowadays become a Famous Award Winner and co-Writer (See Infra), when asked to Choose the Number 1 Priority that she feels Most Important, after what she had Suffered, following her Father and Brothers' Killings, her Abduction, Slavery and Abuse by those Deadly Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting defenseless and innocent Civilian People, she did Not Hesitate, not even a Second :


 - "It's my Dream, to See, right in Front of my Eyes, those ISIS' brutes, at last, to be brought to Justice for their Crimes !", the fragile woman clearly and firmly Replied to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.

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Farida has stared in the Documentary Film "with Words Against the ISIS, a Yazidi raises her voice" (2016), wrote the Book "the Girl who Beat ISIS - My Story" (2016 : reed.: "The Girl who Escaped ISIS", 2017), and Won the "Pro Dignitate Humana Prize 2017" (Poland), the "LiberPress" Award at Catalonia 2017 (Spain), and the Marsh Award for "PeaceMaking and PeaceKeeping 2017 (UK).


The most Emotional Event during a fully packed CoE's International Conference for the completion of 10 Years of Fighting against Trafficking in Human Beings (2008-2018) and the Way Forward in the foreseeable Future, Today in Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coe10yearsagainsthumantrafficking.html), unquestionably was her Personal Testimony in a Special Session on Victims who "Survived" Human Trafficking, and Described their traumatic Personal Experience :

 

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- Astonishingly, Farida, who had already been Invited by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly to Speak at a Committee during Last Year's April 2017 Session, Today Surprized by Launching an unexpected Call for "the People of AFRIN (Syria's Kurdish Canton recently Invaded and Occupied by Turkey's Military Troops and various Jihadist Armed Gangs) :

 

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- They (Afrin People) now "All lie in Constant Fear", the fragile Yazidi Woman Denounced, Earlier this Morning in Strasbourg, before Launching a Call for the "CoE" to "adopt a Resolution to Help them against Pressure from Radical Groups", (who Invaded that Region following the Turkish Tanks).


- The Yazidi Minority reportedly lived in "21 Villages" at Afrin Canton, "Together with Muslims and Other Communities", a.o.. But, "Now (after the Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation) they are all Displaced". Many of them have fled to adjacent Syrian Kurdish areas, (such as Kobane, Al-Jazeera, etc), or Iraq.


- Herself a Survivor and Rescapee from  4 Months of Captivity by ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists, cowardly Targetting defenseless, innocent Civilian People, at Iraq :  - "Don't let our Abusers get Away with their Crimes !", she urged from the outset.


- Most ISIS' Attacks started from 2014 to Spread at Iraq their Atrocities, which intended to commit a Genocide, by Destroying us, as Yazidi Minority : They Targetted Women and Girls with Rape, Torture, Humiliations, using Sexual Slavery as a Weapon to Destroy our Community, she Denounced. I still live that Tragedy, and I Fell this Scar will Never Disappear. ISIS Killed by Father and Brother, Captured my Mother, and held me in Captivity for 4 Months, submitted to Physical and Mental ill-treatments".


+ "Still more than 3.200 Women are in Captivity or Missing nowadays, and many Christians, etc. have been Taken Away from Syria to Iraq", Farida Abbas Khalaff added.


- "But Nobody has been yet Prosecuted for all those Crimes ! Not Any of those ISIS' Criminals Arrested, Investigated and Punished. If they Return to Europe, they should Face Justice : Jihadis Returning to Europe should Face Real Justice !", she urged.


 => CoE should call for Support to People Victims of Genocide attempts, for ReConstruction of Homes and Infrastructures Destroyed, and to practice Open Doors for Real Refugees who Face Genocide, she said.
- The Fight of Victims for Justice is a Right, and this Fight is Important Farida concluded, inter alia, largely applauded.


When she was asked Where Persecuted Yazidi and other such People used to seek Refuge, she did Not even Mention Turkey at all : "Towards Iraq", she simply replied, (her own Village being located at the North, near to the Kurdish Region).


Farida Abbas - Khalaf is a key Member of the "Global Yazidi (Minority's) Organisation" called "Yazda", a Representative of which told "Eurofora" at the CoE that they had Found some "66 Mass Graves", and an estimated number of 6.736 Victims, as well as More than 3.400 Women "Survivors" of ISIS' attacks. Among those Yazidi Women who are still "Missing", many are in Iraq, apparently held in "Captivity"by Other Islamist Extremist Gangs.  


- "In Fact, we are a Minority and Many, there, Consider us as outcasts, while the Iraqi Government had Failed to Protect us in the Past. So, we do No Trust them. In Fact, we'd Need some Kind of International Protection", it was Highlighted in Conclusion...



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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap)

 

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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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