Amal Clooney doesn’t mind the spotlight on her marriage because it highlights her work as a human rights lawyer.
“There is lots of my work that takes place behind closed doors that is not ever seen,” Clooney, 39, told “BBC News at Six” on Tuesday.
“I think if there are more people who now understand what’s happening about the Yazidis and ISIS, and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it’s a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get,” the barrister, who married George Clooney in 2014, said.
Amal has been working with Iraqi sex trafficking victim Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority group in the region who was captured, tortured and sexually abused by ISIS in 2014.
“I have interviewed former child soldiers and young girls who were raped and enslaved by ISIS,” Amal said. “It’s been the most harrowing testimony I’ve ever heard. We know that it’s genocide. The UN has said so. In other words: ISIS is trying to destroy them as a group and we are allowing it to happen without actually calling ISIS to account.”
Amal, who is pregnant with twins, will speak to the United Nations this week to urge them to collect evidence, including documents and DNA, against ISIS to prosecute the terrorist organization for genocide.
“This is exactly the question that I’ll be posing to member states and [I’m] going to ask them: ‘Are the crimes not serious enough for you to investigate?’ Well, that can’t be it,” she said. “This is genocide. ‘Do you think there is no evidence for you to collect?’ That’s not right either. There are mass graves whose locations are known. You can start there and there’s plenty of other evidence to collect.”