UN says Daesh committed genocide against Iraq's Shias, Izadis
Iran Press TV
Tuesday, 11 May 2021 9:23 AM
A UN team investigating Daesh atrocities in Iraq says it has established evidence that the crimes committed by the terrorist group against Izadis and Shia Muslims amounted to "genocide".
Karim Khan, the head of the UN team, said there was "clear and convincing evidence" that the crimes committed by Daesh against the Izadi people as a religious group "clearly constituted genocide".
The team, he told the UN Security Council, identified the perpetrators "that clearly have responsibility for the crime of genocide against the Yazidi (Izadi) community."
Back in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran Sinjar, killing, raping, and enslaving large numbers of Izadi Kurds.
The region was recaptured in November 2015.
Khan also said the UN team had concluded that Daesh terrorists committed war crimes against Shia Muslims, including mass killings, rape, and torture.
He cited a video released by the terror outfit in July 2014 that showed predominantly Shia cadets and personnel from the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher) being thrown in shallow mass graves and shot to death.
The killings "constitutes a direct and public incitement to commit genocide against Shia Muslims," Khan said.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, an Izadi woman who was enslaved and raped by Daesh, urged the UNSC to refer the genocide against her people to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or create a special court.
"It is time for the international community to do, more than listen. It is time to act. If world leaders have the political will to act on this evidence, then justice is truly within reach," Murad, who won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, told the Security Council Monday.
Referring to the report of the UN team, Murad said, "The Council must now prioritize and accelerate concrete action to address the findings."
Khan is a British lawyer who is due to become the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor next month.
The report of the team, which started work in 2018, also found the "repeated deployment of chemical weapons by ISIL (Daesh) against civilian populations in Iraq between 2014 and 2016, as well as the testing of biological agents on prisoners."
Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign.
The terror outfit's remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash a new era of violence.
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