International Court Judgement to Restore Yazidi Sovereignty
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A CASE FOR ACTION
The Yazidi people have been recognized by universities as “One of the world’s most endangered religious minorities”, with their fate tied to that of Christians and others in the Middle East (Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion , The Yazidis: Summary).
The Yazidis together with Christians have been widely recognized as officially under “Genocide”, by declarations of the UN Human Rights Council (Article 201), European Parliament (Section 2), US Congress (Article 1) and US Senate (Article 1), and United Kingdom Parliament (House of Commons Letter).
Despite such recognition and political declarations pledging support and protection, there has been no real help, no intervention, and no solutions for the Yazidi people from the “international community” of countries. World powers allowed the Genocide to continue, giving the Yazidis no rights, no means – and no voice – for their human survival as an ethno-religious indigenous people.
Now is essentially the last chance in the course of human history, to finally do something to intervene – to empower Yazidi leaders to have a “Seat at the Table” in governmental negotiations which have continued to ignore them – enabling the Yazidi people to protect themselves and other persecuted minorities. Only through this Mission, can we help ensure survival of the Yazidis, for the major world heritage carried by their people to benefit future generations of humanity.
The success of "YAZIDI MISSION: A SEAT AT THE TABLE" would finally create a very real opportunity for sovereignty, dignity, justice and a voice for the re-establishment of the Yazidi nation, and restoration of its own Kingdom of "Ezidikhan".
This would in turn, set a precedent and create a template for the preservation of all indigenous tribes and peoples of the world.
A "declaratory judgment" from an International Justice Court, proving the sovereign diplomatic status of the Yazidi people as an indigenous nation-state, will empower them to directly represent themselves at U.N. level negotiations, finally giving them a real and official “Seat at the Table”.
Empowered in this way, a reconstituted Yazidi Nation, and its restored Kingdom of "Ezidikhan" will also strategically empower the Yazidis to best defend the rights of Christians and other ethno-religious minorities in the region, and help bring greater long-term stability throughout the Middle East.
PURPOSE OF PETITION
Requests of this Petition – This is a petition to the Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ), Indigenous Rights Division, requesting the following:
(1) Guidance from Independent Judiciary – We request the SCIJ High Court to assign its Chamber of Instruction Judges to appoint one investigating Instruction Judge to assist with fact-finding and evidence, and one Judge-Advocate to represent balanced legal doctrines of international law. This is requested to assist our volunteer Barristers working pro-bono, for guidance from the perspective of the independent Judiciary, to develop a final Complaint which the Chamber of Instruction Judges can then refer to the separate Chamber of Presiding Judges.
(2) Certification for Declaratory Judgment – We also request the SCIJ High Court to grant Certification of the case for Summary Judgment as a Matter of Law, based upon our Barristers Preliminary Complaint presenting only undisputed facts, limiting the case to a Declaratory Judgment as a restatement of law officially recognizing legal rights of the Yazidi people. This is requested to avoid a contested litigation, by focusing exclusively on application of legal doctrines of international law, allowing for a fast-track Judgment confirming legal rights which can be enforced.
Summary of Requests – Therefore, we essentially request the High Court to open the legal case for a Declaratory Judgment stating what the law is, and making Judiciary declaration of established human rights and indigenous rights which can be enforced.
OVERVIEW OF FACTS
The Yazidi people are an ethno-religious alliance of related tribes. They are widely recognized in encyclopedias as being "the original inhabitants of ancient Sumeria and Mesopotamia".
Excavated Cuneiform Tablets of the Sumerian civilization constitute our earliest known writings and record of civilization, making the Yazidis the true indigenous people of Iraq, and arguably the original inhabitants of "The Cradle of Civilization".
On August 3, 2014, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) launched an attack on Sinjar and its surrounding villages, forcing the Yazidi people to flee to their holy mountain of Mt. Sinjar.
What made this attack especially destructive, was that the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Forces, who were charged with protecting the inhabitants of the Sinjar District, withdrew their army back to Erbil, right before the attack was launched, with no warning given to the targets of the imminent massacres.
What happened next, was that tens of thousands fled high into the mountains. As the ISIS forces surrounded the mountain, many perished in the 120 degree heat for lack of food and especially water.
The captured men who refused "forced conversion" to a radical form of Islam, were executed and thrown in mass graves.
The boys who were "not old enough to grow hair in their arm pits" were kidnapped, indoctrinated and trained as child soldiers and suicide bombers.
Thousands of women and girls were also captured, only to be raped and sold as sex slaves. ISIS soldiers were reported to have said, “Where is my Yazidi girl?" and "If she has blue eyes she will cost more.”
As quoted by BBC reporter Paul Wood on December 22, 2014, “The Islamic State sought to eradicate their culture, their religion and their bloodline”.
It wasn’t until the UN report of June 16, 2016, that the events were officially classified as "genocide". Despite that, some countries still refuse to accept the UN definition.
The eventual liberation of Sinjar left the surrounding villages and most of the region in ruins and uninhabitable. Funds raised to help the Yazidi cause arguably were not used to directly help the Yazidi people, nor to benefit or support any legitimate official leadership of the Yazidi nation.
The world insists on calling the Yazidi people "Kurds", but the Yazidis insist that they are not Kurds, with facts in university scholarship strongly supporting this position, as geo-politically inconvenient as that is.
Currently, the Kurdish leadership claims to speak on the behalf of the Yazidi people on the world stage, without any legal nor factual basis, and the vast majority of the Yazidis resent, distrust and fear such unauthorized "representation".
If nothing is done about this situation, the Yazidi people fear their forced assimilation into a future "Kurdistan", hijacking their own unique indigenous etho-religious identity, and that their long-protected ancient bloodline will quickly be erased by the ongoing genocide and raping of their women and girls.
The fate of the Yazidi people is of greater concern and urgency now, as the dominant military countries hold more official negotiations only with the Kurds, who actively suppress the Yazidis while falsely claiming to represent them. This is moving closer towards establishment of an autonomous “Kurdistan”, which would suppress the Yazidi identity and expose Yazidis to more genocide, on a permanent basis.
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ONGOING SAFE HAVEN FOR CHRISTIANS AND OTHER MINORITIES
The Yazidi Prince Naif has already taken a leading role in unifying the minority ethnic and minority religious groups in Iraq.
In March 2017, he led a coalition of Iraqi minorities in creating the "National Coalition For Al Rafidien Region", signed by the "Yazidi Independent Supreme Council", the "Turkmen Rescue Foundation", and the "Al Rafidien Organization", which represents Iraq's Assyrian Christians.
Prince Naif's initiative is widely regarded as the best vehicle for securing a protected area in which Christians can practice their faith, and meet in relative safety.
This coalition will be most effectively represented and advanced by a restored Kingdom of “Ezidkhan” as a sovereign nation-state in diplomatic relations under international law.
Hence it is very much in the interests of the international Christian community to support the Yazidi initiative to secure for themselves a self-governing region, by invoking enabling provisions of the Iraqi Constitution, rather than allow their forced assimilation into the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Such a semi-autonomous regional government led by the Yazidis, similar to that of the KRG, is undoubtedly the best and safest solution for Christians to support, in defense of Christian freedom of worship in Iraq.
YAZIDI MANDATE TO THE FOUNDATION
To ensure direct and full use of all donations to benefit the Yazidi people, the Templar Foundation works in close partnership with the Yazidi Royal House (since 2016). In contrast with the typical “charity” model of giving handouts creating dependency, the Foundation empowers Yazidi leaders with practical tools, resources and capabilities to help themselves, applying long-term solutions.
The Yazidi Royal House issued an official “Mandate for Protection of Yazidi Rights”, authorizing the Templar Order and its Foundation to “conduct the joint Missions of restoration of the Ezidkhan Kingdom and support of the Yazidi people, including fundraising, humanitarian operations, and development of legal and diplomatic infrastructure, on behalf and in the interests of the Yazidi nation.” The Mandate specifies that “All fundraising shall be used to cover real costs of the joint Missions”.
About the Templar Foundation
The Order of the Temple of Solomon Foundation is a non-profit institution recognized as an “Inter-Governmental Organization” (IGO) by United Nations Registration No. 646065, conducting humanitarian missions under Crown Patronage of its founding Member State, the Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon (“Templar Order”), which is also an official Member State of Ignita Veritas United (IVU) recognized as an IGO by United Nations Registration No. 666857.
About the International Court
The Templar Order gives Crown Patronage to the Templar Inn of Court , an academy for training Barristers of the independent Legal Profession, and the first traditional “Inn of Court” to hold diplomatic status, as an official body of Ignita Veritas United (IVU), which is recognized as an “inter-governmental organization” (IGO) by United Nations Registration No. 666857. This strategic partnership gives access to Barristers specializing in international law, providing expert legal work on a volunteer basis, to develop effective legal cases to obtain International Court Judgments.
The Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ) is an official Court of Law and international Court of Justice of the independent Judiciary profession, with universal jurisdiction, specializing in providing meaningful enforcement mechanisms. SCIJ is recognized as an “inter-governmental organization” (IGO) by United Nations Registration No. 666976. It exercises inherent statutory powers which are binding upon all countries regardless of recognition, under UN Independence of the Judiciary (Preamble: 1, 10, Articles 3, 4, 7) and UN Law of Treaties (Article 38).
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