Bearing Witness to Genocide: The Plight of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iraq

April 21, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Newseum Map

To many Americans, ISIS is a terrorist organization responsible for deadly plots in Paris and Brussels, for beheading Westerners, and for threatening America's security. The U.S. government has also recently declared the group a perpetrator of genocide.

In the summer of 2014, ISIS committed genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic and religious minorities in Ninewa province in Northern Iraq. The group forced more than 800,000 people from their homes and deliberately destroyed shrines, temples, and churches and kidnapped or killed hundreds, likely thousands, of people. ISIS decimated millennia-old communities, irrevocably tearing the social fabric of the once-diverse region.

Distinguished experts in law and human rights discussed the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's latest Bearing Witness report on Iraq, which documented crimes against Yazidi, Christian, and other ethnic and religious populations in Northern Iraq. Panelists talked about the atrocities, analyzed current conditions in Iraq, and assessed future risks to civilians in the region.

This event took place in the Newseum's Annenberg Theater, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

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