Few people know what exactly is going on in the Middle East, how ISIS has affected the livelihood of those living there, or have even heard of the Yazidi religious minority. It is part of our role and responsibility for us to advocate for them and the dangers those persecuted in the Middle East face every day.
Most recently on, July 15 2019, Jacqueline and Ekhlas had the incredible opportunity in the UK yesterday to speak at the Independent Review of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians. Jacqueline and Ekhlas presented stories of minority persecution in Iraq, specifically of Christians and Yazidis. Ekhlas shared her own testimony of physical and sexual persecution simply because of her faith. Read the full story here.
On Wednesday, April 19th, 2016, the UK Parliament unanimously declared genocide after hearing a heart-stirring testimonial from Yvette Issac, ROS President; Jacqueline Isaac, Vice President; and a 16-year-old survivor of ISIS captivity, Ekhlas Bajoo. These three brave women have continued to advocate over the years for those targeted and abused by ISIS, on behalf of Christians, Yazidis, and minorities in the Middle East. The team has addressed the US Congress, UK Parliament, and the UN of the ongoing genocide in Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, April 20, 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution declaring the acts against minorities “a genocide.”
In partnership with ROS, surviving minorities in Iraq and Syria are calling on the world to save their ancient communities from complete destruction. On April 28, 2016, ROS VP, Jacqueline Isaac, testified at the United Nations. Isaac called for the Security Council to pass a resolution authorizing the prosecution of ISIS as the perpetrators of genocide- “the crime of all crimes.” The UN event was hosted by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See. Our team is currently in meetings with several member states to present the case for prosecution in the Security Council.
In March of 2016, Jacqueline Isaac speaks to the Human Rights Council in Geneva to bring awareness to the atrocities occurring in the Middle East. As VP and Head Advocate for ROS, Isaac continues to testify and share the stories of persecuted minorities around the globe.
However, this advocacy journey is far from over. We need every voice we can gather to help us make known the persecution endured every day by minorities in the Middle East. Click here to learn how to get involved or donate financially to raising awareness.