1. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and activist
"So Nadia and I came here to the United Nations and we asked you, the Security Council, for help. We ask that you send a team of investigators to Iraq to gather evidence of ISIS' crimes so that one day, trials would be possible and justice would be within reach."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and activist
"Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, let us remember that the crimes committed by ISIS against women and girls are unlike anything we have witnessed in modern times. ISIS controlled territory the size of the United Kingdom and ruled over 8 million people. More than 40 thousand foreign fighters from 110 countries are estimated to have joined ISIS' ranks in Iraq and Syria, but the question of bringing them to justice has barely raised a whisper. And yet, if we don't act now, it will be too late. Thousands of perpetrators, including some of the most high ranking are held by coalition backed SDF forces in Syria. Those forces say that they 'lacked logistical support to hold them for a long time.' And President Trump has warned that if Europe does not find a way to put foreign fighters on trial, the, U.S. will be 'forced to release them.' Thousands more ISIS members are detained in Iraq, but there, trials that the U.N. says are lacking due process proceed on a single terrorism charge without witnesses and move swiftly to executions. None of these trials stand as a measure of justice for Yazidis. They do not provide victims an opportunity to look their abusers in the eye and tell the world what ISIS has done. The charges do not include sexual violence, and crimes like genocide and not even on the books."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amal Clooney, activist
"Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, this is your Nuremberg moment, your chance to stand on the right side of history. You owe it to Nadia and to the thousands of women and girls who must watch ISIS members shave off their beards and go back to their normal lives. while they, the victims, never can."
Human rights lawyer and activist Amal Clooney is demanding justice for victims of sexual violence in conflicts, especially rapes and abuses by Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
"The crimes committed by ISIS against women and girls are unlike anything we have witnessed in modern times," Clooney said.
The wife of actor George Clooney challenged the U.N. Security Council Tuesday to "stand on the right side of history" and support the prosecution of IS militants, just as the victories allies prosecuted Nazi criminals after World War II.
She called for the establishment of international courts to try ISIS members accused of sexual violence.
Clooney is the legal counsel to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, who was sexually abused by IS extremists.
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