Help is on the way, at last, for religious minorities in Iraq
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Karim Asad Ahmad Khan of the United Kingdom as the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), to support domestic efforts to hold Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group.
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"Over the past three years, the world has come out in support of the Yazidis. But now we need to move away from the personal stories of survivors and take practical steps, steps toward prosecuting the Islamic State militants responsible for these crimes and toward reconstructing Yazidi areas in Iraq so that displaced Yazidis can begin to go back to their homes."
Read UNODC Goodwill Ambassdor's Op-ed in The New York Times.
"French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government-sanctioned, Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a rare public call to do so by a major Western leader. "
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“I now know that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me. I was home living w/my family. I didn’t go somewhere where there was a war. Our neighbors turned on us.” NadiaMuradBasee, Yazidi survivor of ISIL & UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador said in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at UNHQ.
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Today the United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution put forward by the UK that will create an investigation into the war crimes committed by the Islamic State group against the Yazidi people.
Watch on BBC.
The Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by ISIL fighters receive care, protection, and justice and that children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a UN report published today says.
Read more in United Nations Iraq.