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Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad wins human rights award

Nadia Murad in Strasbourg accepting her award from the Council of Europe Image copyright EPA
Image caption Nadia Murad was one of thousands of Yazidi women and girls captured and enslaved by Islamic State in August 2014

A Yazidi woman who was tortured and raped by Islamic State (IS) group militants has won a human rights award.

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad was awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe.

Miss Murad became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people and stop human trafficking after escaping IS in November 2014.

The 23-year-old had been captured and enslaved three months earlier along with about 5,000 women and girls.

During her months in captivity, she was bought and sold several times, and subjected to sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the jihadists.

Miss Murad, who was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador in September, called for the creation of an international court to judge crimes committed by IS extremists in her acceptance speech in Strasbourg.

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Media captionWATCH: Nadia Murad was held captive as a sex slave by so called Islamic State - she tells Hardtalk how she escaped

She went on to brand IS's attack on the Yazidi a "genocide", adding: "The free world is not reacting."

The award, which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights, comes with prize money of 60,000 euros (£54,250;$67,000).

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