From Crisis to Catastrophe: first comprehensive report on situation of minorities in Iraq since advance of ISIS

Cover image of the Ceasefire report on Iraq

The situation of Iraq’s minorities is one of unfolding catastrophe, say Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, in the first comprehensive report on religious and ethnic minorities published since the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the country.

In the first nine months of 2014, over 12,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq, and minorities – including Chaldo-Assyrian and Armenian Christians, Turkmen, Yezidis, Kaka’i, Shabak, Sabean-Mandaeans, Baha’i, Faili Kurds, Black Iraqis and Roma - have been among the primary targets, say the rights organisations.

‘With terrifying speed, ISIS is completing a process of ethnic cleansing that has been underway for years. Many minority communities have been reduced in size by emigration and killing to the point that they are now in danger of extinction,’ says Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director. Read more...

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