One of the darkest pages of history: 3rd of August We shall put an end to femicide, we shall liberate life
One of the darkest pages of history: 3rd of August
We shall put an end to femicide, we shall liberate life
We are, today, at the 3rd anniversary of the 3rd of August genocide committed against Ezidis in Sinjar. Not only Ezidis, who have been subject to genocide for seventy thee time during their history of tens of thousands of years, were subject to the most horrific genocide of the 21st century; thousands of women and children were also kidnapped and held captive by the radical jihadist gang ISIS. Yet, in the past three years Ezidis come at the top of the list of people that are subject to discriminatory treatment in different geographical areas in the word.
Besides the genocide dated 3 August 2014, declaration of Ezidi women by ISIS as “spoils of war”, their enslavement, the facts that they were sold to ISIS members and Arab sheiks living in various countries, and that they were subject to systematic sexual torture, has resulted in femicide of Ezidi women. Similarly, during ISIS attacks, femicide was committed against Armenian, Assyrian, Shia Shabak and Shia Turkmen people, that are not Sunni, by the radical islamist gang groups. Therefore, this crime against humanity that has left its mark on the 21st century, also became the intersection of crimes against women. However, following the Sinjar genocide, Ezidi women, instead of remaining quiet, lapsing into silence, seeing the things that were subject to as fate, taking their own lives; they chose resistance, liberation, defending the lands they were born and brought up at the cost of their lives and they formed their own Women’s Councils.
Last year, they pioneered the call demanding recognition of 3rd of August as the Action Day Against Femicide. Numerous women’s movements from Europe to Canada, from Australia to African countries, from Turkey to Iraq had embraced the call, and at the same day, same moment, becoming of one heart, demonstrated their determination for a common struggle against barbarism, savagery, massacre. This darkness, today, still persists.
As the Platform for Women Held in Captivity, we feel obliged to share our concerns regarding the recent situation of forcefully displaced Ezidis in Turkey, that has received the highest number of refugees following the Sinjar Genocide. Nominately, following the Ezidi genocide, tens of thousands of Ezidis were placed in camps in Şırnak, Siirt, Batman, Viranşehir and Diyarbakır by DBP (Democratic Regions Party) led municipalities, where it was ensured that they freely could practice their religion and culture; their fundamental human needs such as health, nutrition and sanitation were met without any support from the central government. As a matter of fact, we had the opportunity to visit the Ezidi camps of municipalities for numerous times during our activities which involved documentation of testimonies and individual applications.
However, the camps were hastily shut down right after trustees were appointed by the municipalities by the government; some were moved to AFAD Camps while most were forced to flee for the second time to overseas due to inhumane conditions at AFAD Camps.
Ezidis, that have already been deprived of rights such as the right to be thought in one’s mother tongue, have been dragged into uncertainty; civil society, opposition parties and women’s movements are not allowed to access AFAD camps to which they are sent.
All these aside, as the ISIS threat upon the people of the Middle East and Ezidis persist, as long as this threat continues to exist, all women are at risk.
We, the women say that, none of us are free as long as there is even one single women left at the hand is this gang like structure!
We, the women say that, genocide and femicide are crimes against humanity; our pursuit of justice shall not end until all criminals are held accountable!
We shall continue our struggle in the streets, at international channels, at supranational judicial mechanisms until the 3rd of August, that passes through the dark pages of history, is recognized as “International Day against Femicide and Genocide”. It should be remembered that crimes that that go unaccounted for, may be precursors of new ones.
We would like to take this opportunity to indicate that we commemorate all women that we lost in Sinjar, Rojava, Suruç, Ankara Rail Station and during the curfews in Kurdistan with respect, love and gratitude.
Once again we, the women, shall raise our struggle with women’s solidarity, everywhere, until 3rd of August is declared as International Day against Femicide and Genocide and we shall shout out our slogan: ‘we shall put an end to Femicide, we shall liberate life’.
LONG LIVE OUR WOMEN’S RESISTANCE!
PLATFORM FOR STRUGGLE FOR WOMEN HELD CAPTIVE