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Iraq asks UN Security Council to investigate genocide

“This changes everything”: new developments in ongoing genocide in Middle East, ADF International urges UN to intervene further to Iraq’s plea


NEW YORK – Iraq has formally requested the UN Security Council’s assistance in preventing the ongoing atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities in the territories controlled by the terrorist organization ISIS/Daesh. Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN, outlined the struggle his government is facing in combating ISIS/Daesh, and asked for help with prosecuting the perpetrators. He said that the UN should “set up a specific international legal mechanism for investigating and bringing to justice the criminals”.

There are no more excuses

“This changes everything. For the first time, Iraq has called for an immediate international intervention in the ongoing genocide. There are no more excuses. The UN Security Council must act to ensure those responsible are held to account,” said Paul Coleman, Senior Counsel and Deputy Director of ADF International, a legal organisation. It has provided evidence and legal analyses on the ongoing violence in the region to the U.S. State Department, the U.K. Parliament and international institutions including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Each of which has gone on to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS/Daesh as genocide.

Time to open an investigation

As a next step towards ending the ongoing genocide in the Middle East, the UN Security Council should condemn ISIS/Daesh’s atrocities as genocide and establish an ad hoc tribunal to prosecute the perpetrators. Alternatively, it could refer the situation to the International Criminal Court. “The international community must ensure that the carnage is stopped and that the perpetrators face justice,” said Ewelina Ochab, Legal Counsel at ADF International, who will shortly be publishing a book on the ongoing genocide in the Middle East.

“Iraq has refrained from involving international bodies in the ISIS/Daesh conflict to date. Now the Iraqi government is explicitly calling upon the United Nations for help. In the interest of Christians and other religious minorities that continue to be slaughtered, the Security Council and its five permanent members, the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia and China, should not take Iraq’s plea lightly.”

Find our updated Memo “On Genocide and Possible Steps at the UN Security Council” here.

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