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World must mobilize to bring ISIS to account, says UN genocide adviser

By Ala Şalî 8/6/2017
A shoe lies in the war-ravaged village of Kocho in the Shingal region. Photo: Chris Johannes | Rudaw
A shoe lies in the war-ravaged village of Kocho in the Shingal region. Photo: Chris Johannes | Rudaw

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The world needs to mobilize to bring ISIS to account for its crimes, said the UN’s Adama Dieng, who is advocating for better documentation of ISIS atrocities and witness protection. 

 
“It is time for the international community to make every effort so that ISIL perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity be brought to justice. This cannot be the work of one country. The whole international community should get mobilized and there should be a very strong campaign for accountability against Daesh.”
 
Dieng has served as the UN’s Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide since 2012.
 
He was attending a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, “Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European Response.”
 
Dieng visited the Kurdistan Region in November 2015, meeting with Yezidi girls and women who had survived ISIS. “Still today, while I’m speaking, I am still very moved from what I have seen, what I have heard.”
 
He is advocating for increased efforts to document ISIS atrocities and protect witnesses, “because ultimately we are talking about justice.”
 
Nadia Murad, an ISIS survivor from the village of Kocho who was later selected as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, echoed that sentiment while visiting her hometown on June 1.
 
“My feeling today is the feeling of all the victims and it is that no one can bear what happened here, all this injustice,” she told Rudaw English. “For three years I’ve been asking the international community, but until now not even one ISIS has been put on trial.”

A Rudaw English exclusive series investigated the path to Justice after ISIS for survivors, including minority groups in the Kurdistani areas like Yezidis, Christians, Shabaks, Kakais and others. 

Comments

 
Keke | 8/6/2017
Keep day dreaming, were all the perpetrators of the Anfal Genocide of Kurds brought to account? many of them live in luxury in London Paris Amman Dubai etc. The irony is those who created ISIS and the entire leadership are the same Ba'athst murderers of Saddam that were involved in the Anfal Genocide, a few Turkmen the rest Sunni Arabs form Iraq. They got away with one genocide so why not another?
Guest | 8/6/2017
I agree. Everyone who committed crimes against others while acting as members of ISIS should be punished for their crimes. Thousands of them are as they engage in combat against the local and international forces against them and they are killed by those forces. However, investigative work needs to continue to be carried out by everyone who can do so and coordinated by some central organization that will serve to prosecute those ISIS members who have committed crimes, both against other people and property. Investigative work and criminal evidence of crimes by ISIS members can be carried out and collected by anyone. It's important that this be done and that actions, not accusations, take place in order for prosecution to actually take place.

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