Iraq

Courts must now try ISIL crimes which ‘rip at the soul of humanity’: Karim Khan

The outgoing head of the UN team investigating crimes committed by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, was in New York this week to give his final report to the Security Council where he delivered “clear” evidence of genocide. 

Karim Khan, Special Adviser and head of UNITAD, said there was some way to go before justice is done on behalf of the victims of crimes – such as the Yazidis - that “rip at the soul of humanity”.  Matt Wells began by asking him to summarize the report’s findings. 

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News in Brief 13 May 2021

  • South Sudan: UN humanitarian offical condemns killing of aid worker
  • UN labour agency ILO and partners tackle child labour in Iraq
  • Expert meeting to examine science and technology for COVID-19 response
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Back to Mogadishu: one Somali doctor’s good news story

In this week’s UN Catch-Up: would you return to your war-shattered country to help rebuild it? That’s exactly what one Somali doctor did - she tells us her inspiring story. We’ll have news on the serious escalation in Middle East and the Myanmar crisis – it’s passed the 100-day mark – a call for International Criminal Court proceedings for genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis, and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal for bold WHO reforms, to prevent another devastating pandemic from happening again. With comment from regular guest Solange Behoteguy Cortes from UN Geneva.

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Iraq: New UN report shines light on ‘deeply worrying’ pattern of restrictions in Kurdistan 

Over the past year, freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been increasingly curtailed, according to a UN report issued on Wednesday.   

Credible elections can help propel Iraq towards ‘safe and prosperous future’ 

A trusted electoral process with “free and wide-ranging participation” can steer Iraq towards a “safe and prosperous future”, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 11 May 2021

  • 100 days into Myanmar coup, 'brutal' repression tactics continue
  • Killing of Yazidis was genocide says UN investigation team head
  • OHCHR call for new peace efforts in occupied Palestinian territory, Israel
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ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

A UN team investigating ISIL atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

News in Brief 26 April 2021

  • Mass vaccination bid unveiled by UN and partners
  • Cyprus delegates head to Geneva for fresh talks
  • UN stands with Iraqi hospital blaze victims and families
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Iraq: UN representative calls for ‘stronger protection measures’ after fatal fire in COVID hospital

The UN Special Representative in Iraq expressed “shock and pain” on Sunday over a deadly accident that befell a COVID-19 hospital in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. 

New Iraqi law ‘major step’ in assisting ISIL’s female victims but more must be done

A new law in Iraq provides a measure of comfort for women and girls who have survived atrocities of ISIL terrorist fighters, but more must be done, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday.