UNITED NATIONS ( Associated Press) – Evidence gathered in Iraq reinforces preliminary findings that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes against Christian communities after seizing nearly a third of the country in 2014. , said a report. aired on Thursdays.
The United Nations Security Council report highlights that crimes include forced relocation and persecution of Christians, confiscation of their property, participation in sexual violence, slavery and other “inhumane acts”, such as forced conversions and cultural and religious destruction of sites. ,
In addition, the team said it identified key Islamic State leaders and members involved in the July and August 2014 assault and seizure of three predominantly Christian villages in the Nineveh Plains – Hamdaniyah, Karamlez and Bartela. Were. It also began collecting evidence about the crimes committed. against the Christian community in Mosul
Fighters from the group also known as ISIS and Daesh captured Iraqi cities and declared a caliphate over a large area in Syria and Iraq in 2014. The extremist group was formally defeated in Iraq in 2017 after a bloody battle that left thousands dead and cities in ruins, but their sleeper cells continue to organize attacks in various parts of Iraq.
The 26-page report was released by a UN investigative team to promote accountability for the crimes of the Islamic State in Iraq.
The team updated its investigation into the development and use of chemical and biological weapons by extremists, attacks on Yazidi and Sunni communities, the June 2014 mass execution of prisoners and detainees at Badush prison near Mosul, and crimes in and around Tikrit.
The report said the team, led by Christian Richter, found evidence of payments to the families of Islamic State members killed in the deployment of chemical weapons, and of payments to those training in the use of chemical weapons and equipment to spread such weapons. Records were found.
As for the destruction of cultural and religious sites, the team said it had expanded its investigation to different Iraqi communities, focusing on different areas of Nineveh and Mosul.
Regarding attacks against the Yazidi community in Sinjar, the team said it expanded the list of identified perpetrators, which currently includes 2,181 people, including 156 foreign fighters.
The team noted that the UN investigation into the June 10–11, 2014 mass executions of detainees at Badush prison is ongoing, including additional interviews with witnesses and survivors.