International Justice

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Why ISIS Needs to be Stopped


Many people see ISIS as just a terrorist group with their main focus on randomly killing innocent civilians. This however is not what their main intent is, their main intent shows much more cause for concern. ISIS is a religious group that disagrees with the Yazidis beliefs and has been exterminating these citizens for years now. Genocide is a term that can sometimes be thrown around loosely in today’s society, but in this instance ISIS is committing genocide on the Yazidis group. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro says “ISIS permanently sought to erase the Yazidis through killing, sexual slavery, enslavement, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm.” It is clear that ISIS has one motive behind their actions and that is to completely destroy the Yazidis people. This is why ISIS needs to be stopped immediately to prevent this genocide from becoming worse.


One response to “Why ISIS Needs to be Stopped

  1. kmira471 September 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I definitely agree with the point that you introduced here regarding ISIS committing acts of genocide against the Yazidis, and this is a serious issue because it seems like not many people recognize the acts of ISIS as constituting a genocide. Worse of all, efforts to combat this genocide are seemingly ineffective because the attacks are not dwindling. However, according to an article from NPR, the UN’s Human Rights Commission recently released a report directly accusing ISIS of genocide as a result of their brutal attempts to destroy the Yazidis in their home territory. One of the authors of this report, Vitit Muntarbhorn, explains that ISIS classifies the Yazidi group as “devil worshippers” because of their archaic religious practices and this is one of the main reasons why this community is a primary target for ISIS attacks. These attacks include physical injuries, killings, sexual assaults, economic attacks and more. It is shocking to me that, even with the surplus of evidence of these brutal attacks, not much is being done to help the Yazidis in this unfair battle. In my opinion, ISIS needs to be brought in front of the International Criminal Court to properly face the consequences of their actions, but history has proved that this is going to be a difficult task.

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