A UN team begins work on documenting Daesh “war crimes” in Iraq

BAGHDAD, A UN investigation team began working in Iraq this week to collect and keep evidences of committing "crimes" that could amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The UN investigation team does not include Syria, the Reuters news agency reported.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted in September 2017 meeting of world leaders a resolution put forward by Britain after a year of talks with Iraq, where the Security Council then asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterich to form a team to support local efforts to hold Daesh accountable.

UN experts warned in June 2016 that the Daesh organization was committing genocide against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq with the aim of eliminating that religious minority through murder, sexual slavery and other crimes.

Guterich told the Security Council in a letter that the UN team led by British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmed Khan would begin work on August 20, 2018.

Guterich announced in May that he had appointed Karim Asad Ahmed Khan after the Security Council endorsed the terms of reference and limits of the group's work in February and said in a letter published on Thursday that Khan had visited Iraq this month.

In accordance with the United Nations resolution of 2017, the use of evidences collected by the Panel in other areas, such as international tribunals, will be determined in agreement with the Iraqi Government on a case-by-case basis.

The decision added that the evidence was collected mainly for use by the Iraqi authorities and then the competent courts at the national level.

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, along with Nadia Murad, a young Yazidia who has been enslaved and raped by gunmen from Daesh in Mosul, has long been trying to persuade Iraq to allow UN investigators to help in the matter.

The militants of the organization, which controlled vast areas of Iraq and Syria until last year, have suffered successive defeats in the two countries against campaigns backed by international alliances, forcing them to flee to desert areas.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency