Published June 10, 2016
Amal Clooney is much more than the gorgeous wife of George Clooney. She’s also passionate about getting justice for victims of human rights violations -- no matter how dangerous the mission may seem.
For her latest case, the 38-year-old human rights lawyer will represent ISIS rape survivor, Nadia Murad, and other victims of the 2014 Yazidi genocide.
"The European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the U.S. government and the U.K. House of Commons have all recognized that there is a genocide being perpetrated by IS against the Yazidis in Iraq," Amal said in statement to the New York Times' Women in the World blog. "How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague?"
Nadia was among the thousands of Yazidi women kidnapped from Northern Iraq and forced into camps where they were sexually brutalized for belonging to a religious minority in an area terrorized by the Islamic extremist group. After enduring three months of torture, Nadia escaped in November 2014.
The now 23-year-old activist, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this past January, has been tireless in her efforts to bring more political attention to the Yazidi genocide. She praised Amal as an "incredible passionate woman" who has given her "renewed hope" in the fight. "It is important to establish justice, and Amal being a life-long defender of justice, it was a natural bond between her and I to be established. We are both defenders of justice, and peace seekers through justice," said Nadia. "The final goal for us all is accountability to perpetrators of genocide, and justice for victims like myself."
Nearly six thousand Yazidis were killed in the massacre, while millions of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes to escape ISIS.
"We know that thousands of Yazidi civilians have been killed and that thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by a terrorist organization, IS, that has publicly proclaimed its genocidal intent," added Amal. "We know that systematic rapes have taken place, and that they are still taking place. And yet no one is being held to account. It is time that we see IS commanders in the dock in The Hague, and I am honored to have been asked to represent Nadia and the Yazidi community in their quest for legal accountability."
Given her huge heart, it's no wonder that George's love for Amal has little to do with her looks. "She's an amazing human being," he told ET's Nancy O'Dell last May. "And she's caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I've ever met."