tv Iraqi Member of Parliament Vian Dakhil Speaks Out Against U.S. Travel Ban CSPAN February 8, 2017 8:59pm-9:53pm EST
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that you are all standing with us to eradicate them. component of people that they did not suffer oppression. kurtz, the , and turkmen. the 1700 murtaugh of the base. those who don'tare iker, it is an american soldier that was killed on that day. afterore they are named -- they named this case after him for his memory. spiker's marchers kidnapping the shiite, extermination of our
tribe, this replacing christians. of the air forces. witnesses andre approve as the terrorism was targeting all of us. despite the ordeal that was passed to us. edie's tragedies is still the biggest and the most horrifying. it is a true disaster and is a genocide. against a religious component. it is one of the minorities in iraq. but it is the original iraq. and one of the oldest people inhabited that land.
uv -- more than 3000 men were killed. during the in brick -- invasion of isil in 2014. than 6700 women, girls and baby girls were kidnapped. and rapedraped, again. they were sold as slaves in the market. children were taken away from their mothers. little girls were sold in the markets. for the cheapest prices. the little girl was only worth a few dollars. nine-year-old girls were raped.
and in front of their family members. among them some were gang raped. is a sharia court in mosul to sell and rent the girls and women. it is true that we with the help of kurdistan government we were get 2800 women. but still, there is more than 3900 women and girls in captivity. 420,000 living in the refugee
camps in kurdistan. 80% of all of our villages and cities are completely destroyed. tens of mass graves that contained the remains of women and children. is our tragedy that will keep going until now. it did not end. we need the fan from the international community to get over this ordeal. help to retake or regain our captors. to provide the psychological care that the captors were suffering and tortured.
forgetldren that they even their names and that they were family members. the orphans that they have lost, all of their families, they need to be taken care of. we need to rebuild our cities and villages. before that, we need to build bridges of trust between our communities to be able to live. i believe in the united states and protecting human rights. and the influence of the united states in the united states security council. that is why i am calling for the united states to use its influence and consider the crime that happened to yazidi's as a
genocide. preserve the right of those who suffered the injustice and oppression from this terrorist organization. now after all of what you heard , would you be surprised just of the i was surprised united states president's decision and order to ban iraqis from entering the united states? isn't it strange that the president of the united states will equalize between the victim and the executioner.
i am agreeing with any president of any country to have its own policy and shouted you to preserve the country security and safety and its people. , the terrorism on its land, on behalf of the whole , and paid thousands of souls and wounded as a price of this war. thousands of widows and orphans were left behind. iraqi soldiers blood were mixed with the american soldiers blood on the iraqi soil. appreciate that they gave exception for the minorities. but it is unjust is an unfair to
enlist iraq with the countries that are considered terrorist. iraq was on the frontlines of organization and terrorism in the world. united states itself is taking the leadership to fighting terrorism on iraqis soil. and now iraq is classified as a country that is banned from entering the united states? we were, and are still looking forward to having stronger ties of friendship with the united states. but we were shocked with the united states presidents latest order.
now, by this decision with this order we were equalized with the terrorist. i am standing here to receive, and your appreciation for defending the yazidi's writes. this minority was prosecuted by isil terrorist organization. without the exceptional efforts of our friends, i would not be able to stand here and talk with you now. but what about hundreds of families that are stranded on the borders? that they are escaping the terrorism.
these families were looking forward to finding shelter and safety in the country of human rights and democracy. those poor victims, they have no one to help them and the united states is closing its doors in its faces. at last, finally. our dear friends. -- president donald ramotar, donald trump, iraq is not a terrorist. iraqis are not terrorists. we are friends and allies. we are looking forward to having exceptional relationship with all countries. especially with the united states of america.
maybe the most incredible address given by a lantos recipient. it is my privilege an opportunity to close our gathering today. i would like to ask all of you to join me in recognizing the ofl progenitor of the work human rights that my father engaged in from was three decades in the congress. that is my mother. [applause] those who know, know that she was always the heart, the soul and the inspiration. [applause] >> my sister and i are so proud to be her daughters. every day we try to live up to the incredible legacy she has the stowed upon us of fighting
for decency and rights and justice for everyone. we are really grateful you are here today. [applause] >> i want to think all of you for joining us today for the human rights ceremony. it is always our hope that our guest will leave these gatherings inspired. i have no doubt that will be the case today. even more than inspired, i think that today, each one of us should feel challenged i what we have seen and heard. i know i do. every time i watch the videos of vian's remarkable speech before the iraqi parliament, i am riveted by the passionate appeal she is making to arouse the conscience of a callous and in different world. i do not know if you listened do, youy, but if you can hear the sound of an unseen voice attempting to shush.
in effect saying, come down, do not make a scene, no one wants to hear you. vian would notl be shushed. that the cause of her people was more important than heard than parliamentary decorum. when i see her speech, i am challenged to be braver and more impassioned in my own defense of the defenseless. to be willing to take more risks just end up for my fellow human beings and their most basic human rights. when i revisit that powerful moment, i found myself asking, what if. had not spoken out. what if her words had not broken through the smog and distracted indifference that so often characterizes those in positions of power and influence? and quite frankly, all of us.
we can never fully know what the ultimate -- alternate outcome would have been. we can say with assurance, that tens of thousands more lives would have been lost. and this proud and ancient community might have been lost to the world. we find ourselves at it interesting and challenging moment in our nation's history. a time when many important voices are questioning the value, or the validity of americans moral leadership in the world. counting the cost of such leadership and finding it too high. while others questions are claimed to the mantle of such leadership at all. i am compelled to ask again, what if? what if over the past century america had not stepped up to shoulder the responsibilities of not onlyhe free world,
as a defender of its security, but even more importantly, as a defender of its principles, its commitment to democracy and universal human rights? would no doubt that we all be living in a darker and far less decent world. for all her faults, i believe it is indisputable that america has been a force for enormous good, both at home and abroad. that leaves us to yet another what if. what if our country now chooses to step back from its leadership role? think onlynow indeed of america first? our dutiesaway from and responsibilities to our own heritage, and yes, to the world. in the ancient region where the yazidi people and millions of other 12, we are in a crucial
battle to defeat isis and restore peace to those troubled lands. i am confident that we will win that fight. it will be a short-lived victory. if we are not ready to shoulder the bigger task. has called us to and having to rebuild -- helping -- on behalf of human rights and dignity of all people. we all that to -- we owe that to community and 2 of others rough suffered in the hands of terrorists alike. it to our-- we owe best selves. it is a debt we owe. elegantmembered for his is tothat the veneer
persist, we are guardians and we can never rest. guardians, heof meant you and me. so my challenge to all of us guardians is, let us not fail, let us never rest. thank you very much. thank you for joining us for the rights ceremony. we hope to see you all again next year. [applause] >> c-span, where history unfolds
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