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UN report reveals horrors of ISIS occupation


  • 202 mass graves with 12,000 victims found in Iraq
  • Report reemphasizes need for justice and accountability

NEW YORK (6 November 2018) – Today, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published a report on the findings in former ISIS territory in Iraq. The report revealed 202 mass graves with 12,000 victims buried at these sites. From 2014 to 2017 UNAMI/OHCHR recorded up to 30,000 civilian deaths in Iraq during the conflict with ISIS. Thousands are still not accounted for.

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. We are deeply shaken by the discoveries of the U.N. investigation into the atrocities committed by ISIS in Northern Iraq. We hope that the terrible findings will propel the process forward to bring justice to the victims of genocide.  We need to remind Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East that they have not been forgotten, that there is hope, and that we will continue to fight for them. Those responsible must be held to account,” said Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International.

*Cover Image (C) Sandra Hochstöger (Niniveh Plain, September 2018)

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