Conference “Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European Response”

European Parliament, Room ASP 3G3, Brussels, 6 June 2017

Tens of thousands of persons belonging to Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities have been murdered, maimed or abducted, including unknown numbers of women and girls forced into marriage or sexual enslavement, after the fall of Mosul in June 2014. The military operation to retake the city and remaining occupied areas in Ninewa governorate from ISIS is now in its seventh month.
Post-ISIS planning in many respects has been subordinated to the need to keep anti-ISIS factions together, and there still appears to be no comprehensive Iraqi or international effort to build the political, social and economic conditions for the sustainable return of those who lost homes and livelihoods as a result of the conflict.
This conference will advocate for thoughtful and realistic planning for the post-ISIS era. Building on the Paris Action Plan of September 2015, participants will follow up on and further identify concrete Iraqi, European and international measures that can encourage sustainable returns and action to help build the basis for peace in Ninewa and other areas retaken from ISIS.
The conference will be structured into three panels: 1) Supporting affected populations and facilitating durable solutions for those affected, including humanitarian, reconstruction, and post-conflict stabilization efforts; 2) Fighting impunity and ensuring justice; and 3) Preserving the diversity and plurality of Ninewa and the surrounding region. Speakers will include Iraqi government representatives and civil society activists, UN leaders from Baghdad and New York, MEPs, EU institutions and EU member states representatives.
The Conference, falling on the third anniversary of the fall of Mosul, is hosted by Ana Gomes and Elmar Brok, members of the European Parliament, and jointly organised by the Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-StiftungNo Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNPO), and Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Please register your participation to this event before Tuesday 29 May at 12:00, by compiling the form at the following link:
- For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Aykut Garipoglu at