Uncommon Union played a key role in coordinating and supporting Its On U, an initiative including Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Kerry Propper, private banker and producer of Watchers of the Sky (a film about the origin of the genocide convention) and Uncommon Union Co-Founder Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown.
In August 2015, the group traveled to Iraq to support the founder of Yazda, Murad Ismael. They met with surviving victims in refugee camps, Yazidi religious leaders, and members of the Kurdistan regional government, including the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Interior, and the Office of Genocide Documentation. The broader campaign built a large international audience.
On September 26th 2015, the group supported Yazda to bring a case against ISIS for genocide crimes to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The report detailed atrocities IS fighters in northern Iraq have perpetrated since August 2014.
On March 17th, 2016 John Kerry declared ISIS actions a genocide and the groups efforts were cited in the New York Times.
In the beginning of 2016, the “It’s ON U” campaign partnered with Global Citizen and Ryot News to help reach over a million millennials. Signed petitions from the campaign called on Iraq to refer the case to the ICC.
In May the team travelled to London. The signatures were hand-delivered by Nadia Murad, Philippe Sands, Luis Moreno Ocampo, British MP’s, representatives from Yazda, Global Citizen, and Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown to the British Ambassador of Iraq.
During this time the team approached Amal Clooney to help with the case and provide pro-bono legal services to Nadia Murad and Yazda. On June 5th, Amal Clooney officially became counsel to Nadia and Yazda to bring justice to the Yazidi community for genocide crimes committed by Deash.
Visit the recent news on our project at the It’s On U Website.
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INDEPENDENT: Clooney delivers damning speak to the UN
FAST COMPANY: Humanitarians Are Crowdsourcing Evidence of A Genocide by ISIS
NY TIMES: Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad
NY TIMES: ISIS Committed Genocide Against Yazidis UN Panel Says
RUDAW: Appeal Launched for Evidence for Yezidi Genocide
NY TIMES: Citing atrocities, John Kerry calls ISIS actions GENOCIDE.
NY TIMES: Women aim to bring ISIS to justice with their stories.
NY TIMES: Yazidi activist Nadia Murad’s powerful message to ISIS.
NY TIMES: Yazidis turn to International Court.