Students of Algonquin College, Canada, have started developing an online resource database on the genocide of the Yazidi people. In partnership with Yazidi Legal Network, the resource will serve as a database on crimes against Yazidis for human-rights lawyers and activists.
Canada has officially recognized the genocide of the Yazidi people by Daesh, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, over 1,400 Yazidi survivors of Daesh have resettled in Canada as of January 2021.
Student researchers Anne Millar and Benjamin Varghese have started working with the College's Human-Centred Design Lab to design a database prototype for Yazidi Legal Network. The database will assist in identifying crimes and categorizing them as war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide. User groups who will access the database include legal professionals, human rights activists, educators and the public.
"The goal with this project is to promote academic research, minimize destructive effects of the 2014 Yazidi genocide and contribute to the efforts for justice and accountability," said Varghese.
"We'd like to understand user groups' needs and how this database could help them provide justice to the Yazidis and their community," Varghese added.