As the Islamic State continues its genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, human rights activist and lawyer Jacqueline Isaac testified at the United Nations about some of the atrocities, including parents in Syria who were shown a video of their kidnapped daughters being raped and tortured by ISIS, and then given the dismembered body parts of their daughters in plastic bags.
Although Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, testified on April 28, her remarks – at the United Nations in New York City — about the atrocities against women captured by ISIS were not covered by the national news networks in the United States, according to a search of the Nexis news database.
In March, the British government declared the actions by ISIS as genocide; the U.S. government said the same on April 20.
In her testimony at the U.N., Jacqueline Isaac said, “I stand here today not as a lawyer, but as a fellow human being. I stand with Sanja. I stand with the beautiful, brave, resilient survivors that I spent extensive time with in Iraq – those that saw their parents killed before them and then taken by ISIS and categorized like merchandise based on whether they thought they were beautiful or not, their age, and whether they were virgins. Like merchandise.”
“And as if that were not enough, they were raped, they were tortured, many committed suicide and died,” said Isaac. “And others may have attempted [suicide], but they survived, and they’re standing before us today.”
“They’re crying out and asking, ‘Where are you, world? Where are you, world?’”
“We went to the frontlines [in Iraq] where we were 200 meters away from ISIS,” Isaac testified. “We traveled to the Sinjar Mountain to spend time with survivors.”
“My mother, who’s the president of the organization, just returned from the war-torn part of Syria in Homs [west of the Sinjar Mountains],” said Isaac. “She returned one week ago and testified before the U.K. Parliament. She learned of something very harrowing.”
“Parents, like many of you today, had children but these children were in captivity,” said Isaac. “They got a knock on their door. They opened that door and they found plastic, black bags.”
“The bags had the body parts of their daughters,” testified Isaac. “The body parts of their daughters. And a video! A video of their daughters being raped and tortured.”
“Their parents, their parents are just like us,” she said. “They’re parents, they’re mothers, they’re fathers. These are not numbers. They are not numbers. They are just like us. But they’re living in an unfortunate part of the world.”
“I promised that I would not leave without sharing their voices before the entire world,” said Isaac. “Not just to hear the stories, but to act. This is a call for action. We need to stand with our fellow brothers and our fellow sisters.”
Jacqueline Isaac was sponsored to speak at the United Nations by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the U.N. Isaac has also testified about ISIS genocide before the U.S. Congress and the U.K. Parliament.
Roads of Success “is a Southern California non-profit organization striving to advance human rights in the Middle East and advance the quality of life for people both locally and internationally,” according to its website.