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Julie Bishop Joins Amal Clooney In Fight Against ISIS Sex Slavery

Clooney says the UN has failed Yazidi women and girls.

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Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has thrown her support behind human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in a bid to bring more global action on sexual slavery and ISIS crimes against Yazidi women and girls.

Working w #AmalClooney raising awareness #Yazidi plight @NadiaMuradBasee #UNGA #bringdaeshtojustice

Bishop met with Clooney in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly. Late last week, Clooney sat beside one of the Yazidi survivors of the recent ISIS atrocities, 23-year-old Nadia Murad, and criticised the UN's response to the crisis.

Amal Clooney @UN supporting of new @UNODC Goodwill Amb @NadiaMuradBasee: #HumanTrafficking

"I am ashamed as a supporter of the United Nations that states are failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find that their own interests get in the way," said Clooney.

“I am ashamed as a lawyer that there is no justice being done and barely a complaint being made about it. I am ashamed as a woman that girls like Nadia could have their bodies sold and used as battlefields."

Murad was taken into sexual slavery by Iraqi ISIS forces in 2014. She later escaped to a refugee camp in Germany. The UN has named her a Goodwill Ambassador and she's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Clooney addressed Murad at the end of her UN speech, saying "I am sorry we have failed you".

Bishop told BuzzFeed News she met Murad earlier this year in Australia and is expected to deliver a speech alongside Clooney on Monday.

Thanks to you both @JulieBishopMP & #AmalClooney.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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