Security Council approves probe into ISIL’s alleged war crimes in Iraq

Security Council votes on resolution to establish an investigative team to look into alleged crimes by ISIL in Iraq. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

21 September 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today authorised the establishment of an investigation team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the country.

According to the unanimously adopted resolution, the team will be headed by a Special Adviser to be appointed by the Secretary-General, and will consist of both international and domestic experts who will work “on equal footing,” with an initial mandate of two years.

The Council underscored that the team should operate with full respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and its jurisdiction over crimes committed in its territory. In addition, evidence of crimes collected and stored by the team in Iraq should be for eventual use in fair and independent criminal proceedings conducted by competent national-level courts, with the relevant Iraqi authorities as the primary intended recipient.

Another Member State may request the team to collect evidence of acts committed by ISIL on its territory, but only with the approval of the Security Council, which may request the Secretary-General to submit separate terms of reference.

The Council requested the Secretary-General to establish, as a supplement to financing by the UN, a trust fund to receive voluntary contributions to implement the resolution.

VIDEO: UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt, UN Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney, discuss the UN Security Council resolution paving the way toward justice for those affected by Daesh's crimes.


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