Amal Clooney Makes Speech at United Nations Wearing Bright Yellow
- Author: Carlos Nash Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:42
"If by 'show off her baby bump, ' you mean 'visits the United Nations to encourage it to investigate allegations of genocide by ISIS, ' this is correct", tweeted Zack Stanton, an editor at Politico.
The global human rights lawyer urged the U.N.to pursue an investigation surrounding ISIS's genocidal crimes against the Yazidi people in Iraq at the session entitled "The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da'esh to Justice".
Clooney urged Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Prime Minister, to inform the UN Security Council of what was happening so it could set up an investigation.
Mrs Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, appeared at the United Nations in NY to represent victims including Yazidi genocide survivor Nadia Murad.
"Mass graves in Iraq still lie unprotected and unexhumed", Clooney said. "Witnesses are fleeing and not one ISIS militant has faced trial for worldwide crimes anywhere in the world", she said.More news: Turkey shuts down US-based aid group helping Syrians
Looking elegant in a lemon maternity dress, Amal said what was shocking was not just the brutality of ISIS but how long those who know about it can remain passive, for something that is such a serious crime, and an ongoing one.
Breaking into tearful English, she continued: "I can not understand what is taking so long". Ms Murad said, her voice breaking with emotion.
"All these options are on the table".
In a sharp critique of the coverage surrounding Clooney's speech, the Washington Post on Friday compiled a roundup of the numerous headlines pegged to her appearance at the United Nations -which focused on her appearance; her husband, actor George Clooney; and not much else.
"The Council could, of course, act without this letter", Clooney said.
Iraq's Ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, told the UN that his country would be "seeking help and assistance" to bring top Isis leaders to justice, while his government would try resolve cases involving low and mid-level members of the group.