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MRG condemns the series of attacks against Yazidis in Iraq

15 August 2007

Minority Rights Group International on Wednesday condemned the series of attacks against Yazidis in Iraq saying it clearly showed how vulnerable and under threat minorities were in the country.

At least 200 people were killed and another 200 injured in a series of bombings in northern Iraq targeted at the Yazidis who are a Kurdish religious minority.

“The Yazidis are a small minority and don’t have the capacity to organize themselves well enough to protect against attacks like this. This attack only reinstates the serious level of threat minorities in Iraq face on a daily basis,” Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director says.

The Yazidis are a pre-Islamic religious sect found in northern Iraq, Syria and Turkey, as well as other countries, and they are thought to number close to half a million across the world.