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2 Yazidi women accept EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights

  • Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Aji Bashar, 2nd left, pose with their award while Bashar's brother Vad looks on after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights from the hands of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, right, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Aji Bashar, 2nd left, pose with their award while Bashar's brother Vad looks on after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights from the hands of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, right, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Aji Bashar, pose with their award while Bashar's brother Vad, right, looks on after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights from the hands of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, right, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Aji Bashar, pose with their award while Bashar's brother Vad, right, looks on after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights from the hands of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, right, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yazidi woman from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, addresses members of the European parliament after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Yazidi woman from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, addresses members of the European parliament after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016. Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The award, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, was created in 1988 to honor individuals or groups who defend human rights and fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group have accepted the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights and said they would continue to be a voice for others suffering a similar fate.

Lamiya Aji Bashar says Tuesday that the EU's top human rights prize was one "for every woman and girl who has been sexually enslaved" by IS.

With poignant testimony that silenced EU lawmakers, they spoke of their personal fate and escape but centered their calls on the international community to protect their people, a minority of 500,000 living primarily in northern Iraq.

Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls are still captives of IS militants in Iraq and Syria. The Yazidi follow an ancient religion that IS and other Muslim hard-liners consider heretical.