Amal Clooney Departs N.Y.C. Solo After United Nations Visit
Amal Clooney has left the Big Apple.
On Friday night, the international human rights lawyer was all smiles as she caught her departing flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
Clooney, 39, was in town to speak at the United Nations Thursday, when she urged the organization to officially investigate ISIS for genocide and preserve evidence of atrocities.
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“Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, what is shocking here is not just the brutality of ISIS but how long those who know about it can remain passive,” Clooney said in her speech. “If we do not change course, history will judge us, and there will be no excuse for our failure to act.”
Continued Clooney, who was joined by her client Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist from Iraq who survived being kidnapped by ISIS, and officials from Iraq, the United Kingdom, and Belgium, “I’m asking you today to stand up for justice. Every conflict reminds us that there can be no lasting peace without justice… Justice is also what the victims want.”
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Clooney, who is expecting twins with husband George Clooney, urged both the Iraqi government and the U.N. to take action to see public statements about the allegations come to fruition in the form of an official investigation.
“We have to translate these public statements into an actual deed that will make this happen on the ground,” she said. “That’s why I made a clear call at the end directly to the prime minister of Iraq to send a letter to the U.N. Security Council requesting this investigation and it will happen.
“It’s in the interest not only of Yazidi victims but of all Iraqis because all sects of Iraq have been victims of ISIS violence,” added Clooney, who met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday, following her speech. “It’s really time to act now, there’s no excuse for any further delay.”