Amal Clooney Impugns ISIS, Calls for U.N. Action, Meets U.N. Secretary-General
On Thursday, March 9, Amal Clooney gave a speech about ISIS in front of the United Nations (U.N.).
Clooney, a human rights lawyer, then met with Antonio Guterres, who is the U.N. secretary-general, on Friday, People reported. Guterres and Clooney were photographed with a background of the U.N. symbol at the New York City U.N. Headquarters.
Clooney also gave her anti-ISIS speech at the United Nations HQ, alongside a speech from Nadia Murad. Murad, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a Yazidi survivor of ISIS human trafficking operations, and also a client of Clooney’s. Murad and Clooney spoke against ISIS and asked for U.N. investigation and action. Clooney and Murad also later participated in an interview about the issue, saying that the government in Iraq should ask the U.N. Security Council to get involved, calling both authorities to counter the terrorist organization.
The matter is more than words to Clooney, who said that she wanted to see statements turn to deeds, which was the reason she addressed the Iraqi prime minister with her call to action.
Clooney also said that there wasn’t any excuse to wait on action, nor would the action be very difficult. All the sects present in Iraq, she said, have suffered because of ISIS, not simply the Yazidi people.
The U.N. has ruled that ISIS’s actions against Yazidi people constitute genocide. Clooney wants to see ISIS answer for its crimes, and she told the U.N. that it had the responsibility to see that ISIS does not avoid justice. The crimes are already heinous enough, there is enough evidence to prove them, and history will be the judge of those who see and don’t act, Clooney said.
The lawyer is on the record already for speaking against ISIS crimes. She says that there is no excuse not to act on behalf of justice.