The decision is expected to pave the way for Iraqi doctor Deelan Dakhil to travel to Washington, D.C., Monday with her sister, Vian, who is receiving a human rights award from the Lantos Foundation, a New Hampshire organization.
Vian Dakhil, a member of Iraq’s Parliament, is being recognized for her efforts to combat terrorism, a crusade which made her into one of ISIS’s “Most Wanted” women.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson granted her special permission to travel, said Katrina Lantos Swett, the foundation’s president.
Deelan Dakhil said her sister is eager to visit the United States to discuss the Yazidi people, a religious sect in Iraq that faced mass genocide and religious persecution by the Islamic State.
So, an Iraqi who works to combat terrorism and is receiving a human rights award needs to get ‘special permission’ to travel to the US despite already having a Visa. Let’s read about her:
Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi lawmaker and internationally renowned activist who has been called the militant group’s “most wanted” woman, was due to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to collect a human rights award.
She is being recognized for “her courageous defense of the Yazidi people as they faced mass genocide two years ago at the hands of the [ISIS] and for her ongoing rescue mission on behalf of enslaved Yazidi women,” according to the foundation’s website.
The Yazidi people are part of an ancient religious minority who are particularly reviled by ISIS. They were driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.
At the time, the militants captured thousands of women and children — more than 2,000 of them are still believed to be enslaved by ISIS.
During the ISIS onslaught in 2014, Dakhil made an unrehearsed, tear-filled plea to save her people.
Dakhil is the only Yazidi lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament. When not advocating for her people in Baghdad, she spends time in Irbil working to secure the release of women and girls captured by ISIS.
Obviously she’s a likely terrorist that the US has to block.