Documenting Yazidi Victims of ISIS

Principal Investigators: Dr Valeria Cetorelli, Sareta Ashraph
Duration: September 2017– December 2017
Supported by: Gerald Gray, Institute for Redress & Recovery, Santa Clara University School of Law

Sareta Ashraph

The objective of this documentation project is to employ rigorous demographic methods and individual-level data in order to identify every Yazidi victim of ISIS, with categories of victims defined according to crime(s) suffered. It is envisaged that the database resulting from this documentation project will have multiple short, medium and long-term uses. These will include, for example, a data pool which can assist in identification of remains in mass gravesites, and which will provide reliable information for use in planning for and prioritisation of members of the Yazidi community, including provision of counselling, increased medical interventions, and gender-specific needs.

It is also envisaged, and is an integral aspect of the methodological planning, that this documentation project will play a significant role in achieving justice for ISIS’s crimes against the Yazidi community of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The data will ground existing advocacy for accountability processes in national, regional and international courts and tribunals. Once courts or tribunals are seized of the cases, the documentation project’s data will provide reliable information of high probative value for use before various existing and future accountability processes.

Research Team

Valeria Cetorelli

Valeria Cetorelli | Principal Investigator 

Valeria is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre.


Sareta Ashraph | Principal Investigator 

Sareta is Visitng Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre.