Amal Clooney said Friday her work bringing war criminals to trial could soon shift to battling the businesses that support the Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Now that the United Nations’ international investigation into ISIS for possible war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, Amal Clooney said she and her client, ISIS sex trafficking survivor Nadia Murad, are expanding their efforts.
Speaking to an estimated 10,000 attendees at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, Amal Clooney said, “We are also looking at going after companies that supported ISIS.” She specifically named the oil industry during a speech and the wide-ranging Q&A that followed.
The mention, while mostly unsurprising, could still ring alarm bells for business and government here and abroad. If Amal Clooney, who triumphed when the U.N. voted to approve an investigation into ISIS, mirrors that success with Big Oil as a target, it could add to the disruption the industry already experiences at the hands of ISIS. Attacks in oil-rich countries, which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for, are tied to market fluctuations.
Turning her attention back to her adopted U.S. home and the crowded Pennsylvania Convention Center, Amal Clooney commended American women for doing their part to make an impact.
“Voting and electing good leaders or becoming leaders yourselves, you’re obviously going to make a big difference,” she said, echoing earlier comments made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “It is just about trying to make a difference even in one life and standing up for injustice when you see it.”
In a city and state notable for its rich history, we are also aware of the desire and need to achieve more equality in government leadership. And this year, we have seen women making history here—with more women running for office and a record number winning in the primaries,” he said. “This is great news, but we still have a long way to go.”
That long way, at least for Amal Clooney, involves a change in how government leaders handle accusations of sexual harassment and assault.
“Survivors in any country deserve the chance to look their abusers in the eye and for history to record what has happened to them,” she said, before taking a shot at President Donald Trump. “That means the president of a country should not publicly ridicule a women who courageously comes forward to allege abuse.”
“And it means the leader of the senate should not assure constituents that he would ‘plow right through’ her testimony,” she continued.
Voicing support for the #MeToo movement, she added the results of the campaign should be not just a willingness from women to speak openly about their experiences with harassment and assault, “but also that those in power are listening.”
Amal Clooney wore a dress by PAULE KA Spring/Summer 2019
With LE VIAN black diamonds stud earrings
And peep toe suede pumps
Hair and makeup by ROD ORTEGA
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