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August marks the anniversaries of two recent genocides: the Rohingya in Burma and the Yazidi in Iraq. These atrocities highlight the often overlooked but increasingly unavoidable gendered crimes of genocide

Systematic sexual violence was integral to the campaigns that targeted the Rohingya and Yazidi communities for annihilation.  Unless these crimes are recognized and prosecuted as genocide, the international community will continue to miss the warning signs and fail to intervene before the next genocide takes place.

Call the Crimes Against the Rohingya What They Are: Genocide
The failure to call the crimes against the Rohingya genocide ignores the gender-based crimes committed against Rohingya women. Read GJC Deputy Legal Director Grant Shubin's letter to the editor in the Washington PostRead here.
No Justice for Yazidi Women Yet: Why Not?
Four years after ISIS began its genocidal campaign against the Yazidis in Iraq, there has not been a single prosecution of an ISIS fighter for the crime of genocide. Akila Radhakrishnan explains why in PassBlueRead here.
Remembering the Yazidi Genocide
GJC co-hosted a panel commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide, leading a discussion with panelists Pari Ibrahim of the Free Yezidi Foundation, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Women, and Pramila Patten, UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict.   Watch here.
Reconciling International Laws on Genocide and Counter-Terrorism
Last year, GJC hosted a high-level round table discussion on reconciling the counter-terrorism priorities in the fight against ISIS with the legal obligations to prevent, suppress and punish genocide. Read the outcomes here.
"That's Illegal!" | Genocide and Justice
In the most widely-shared episode of our podcast That's Illegal, Former Chief Analyst of the Syrian Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Sareta Ashraph, explains the gender-based tactics ISIS used to carry out their genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people.  Listen here.

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