In the context of the Estoril Conferences partnership with Yazda, Fareeda Khalaf, the young Yazidi woman who escaped ISIS, was welcomed today in the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, with the purpose of formally recognizing the genocide committed by ISIS against her people, the Yazidi.


Teresa Violante, Chairperson of the Estoril Conferences, accompanied Fareeda Khalaf at a joint hearing held by the Parliamentary Committees on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees and Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities.

The purpose of the hearing was the formal recognition by the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, of the genocide committed against the Yazidi people and the consequent adoption of the measures needed to bring those responsible to respond for their crimes in front of the court.

Fareeda Khalaf was a speaker at the last edition of the Estoril Conferences, in May 2017. In August, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Yazda and the E.C., making the Estoril Conferences the official representative of the Yazda Organization in Portugal, alongside Nadia’s Initiative.

Fareeda Khalaf belongs to the Yazidi community, and was a victim of sexual slavery, and one of many women beaten, raped and sold in the slave markets of Raqqa, Syria. Fareeda managed to escape from a military camp belonging to ISIS near the Omar gas field, where she was imprisoned, and then fled to Germany, where she recounted her history and continued her studies. She is co-author of the best-selling book "The Girl Who Beat ISIS".

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