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Iraq

Targeted Groups
Perpetrators
Alert Status
Genocide Stage(s)
  • Yazidis

  • Sunni Muslims

  • Shi'a Muslims

  • Assyrian Christians

  • Iraqi Turkmen

  • Iraqi Kurds

  • LGBTQIA+ people

  • Iraqi activist 

  • Women 

  • Iraqi Aremenians 

  • Iraqi Shabak

  • Iraqi Kakai

  • Iraqi Mandeans 

  • Ba'athists

  • ISIS/Da'esh

  • Hashd al-Shaabi (Shi'ite militia group)

  • The Kurdistan Regional Government 

  • Iranian backed militias

  • Iraq security forces 

Emergency
Stage 3: Discrimination, Stage 4: Dehumanization, Stage 5: Organization, Stage 6: Polarization, Stage 8: Persecution
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Disunity coupled with communalist violence have laid fertile grounds for a nation in which most of the main ethnic and religious groups face genocidal processes. Currently, Shi'ites, Yazidis and Christians are reeling from genocide faced under ISIS while Sunni Muslims suffer forced disappearences  at the hands of Shi'ite militias. ISIS also enforced the death penalty for homosexuality until its official defeat in 2019. The persecution of LGBTQIA+ people and women in Iraq continues. Activist and journalist are at risk for violence from state security forces. 

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Page last updated:
10/27/2022

Resources

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John Kerry: ISIS committing genocide

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Displaced Yazidi people fleeing violence from Isis forces in Sinjar town.

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‘As if she had never existed’: The graveyards for murdered women

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