UN / ISIL IRAQ

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The United Nations Security Council 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. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ISIL IRAQ
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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters
2. Various shots, Security Council vote
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, United Kingdom:
“There can never be adequate recompense for those who were forced to endure the wanton brutality of Daesh, and the dead will not be brought back. But this resolution means that the international community is united in our belief that they should at least be accountability for those who perpetrated such wicked acts.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, United Kingdom:
“The defeat of Daesh as a territorial entity is now within sight, but their downfall will not in itself create peace and stability. Lasting peace will only be secured once we help Iraq to overcome sectarian division and achieve the national unity that its people deserve. And justice is an essential requirement for reaching that goal.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“It may have taken a long time to get here, but today’s resolution is a landmark. It is a major first step towards addressing the death, suffering, and injury of the victims of crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq – crimes that include genocide. These victims have been Yazidis, Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims, and many, many more.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ibrahim Abdulkarim Al-Jafari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq:
“I would like to tell you that the victory in Iraq is the fruit of the unity of Iraq, through all the components of its citizens, Muslim, Christians, Shiite, Sunni, Arab, Kurd, Turkman, Yazidis and Sabaeans. Iraq has shown an unprecedented and exceptional unity. It also demonstrates the will of nations. All the world’s nations have come together for the first time to face a common enemy, which is Da’esh.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. Wide shot, press encounter
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, United Kingdom:
“Daesh is being defeated. It is losing territory, its finances are being hit, its leadership is being killed, and its fighters are demoralized. Now is the time for the international community to unite and ensure that Daesh terrorists face justice. The United Kingdom will support the Iraqis to ensure Daesh are brought to justice on behalf of all of those who have suffered too long and indescribable pain.”
14. Wide shot, press encounter

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Security Council today (21 Sep) 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.

The Minister of State for the Middle East of the United Kingdom, Alistair Burt, told the Council that “there can never be adequate recompense for those who were forced to endure the wanton brutality of Daesh, and the dead will not be brought back. But this resolution means that the international community is united in our belief that they should at least be accountability for those who perpetrated such wicked acts.”

Burt said “the defeat of Daesh as a territorial entity is now within sight, but their downfall will not in itself create peace and stability. Lasting peace will only be secured once we help Iraq to overcome sectarian division and achieve the national unity that its people deserve. And justice is an essential requirement for reaching that goal.”

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.

In her address to the Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley of the United States said “it may have taken a long time to get here, but today’s resolution is a landmark. It is a major first step towards addressing the death, suffering, and injury of the victims of crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq – crimes that include genocide. These victims have been Yazidis, Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims, and many, many more.”

The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Abdulkarim Al-Jafari, said “the victory in Iraq is the fruit of the unity of Iraq, through all the components of its citizens, Muslim, Christians, Shiite, Sunni, Arab, Kurd, Turkman, Yazidis and Sabaeans.”

He added that “it also demonstrates the will of nations. All the world’s nations have come together for the first time to face a common enemy, which is Da’esh.”

Speaking to reporters outside the Council, Burt said “Daesh is being defeated. It is losing territory, its finances are being hit, its leadership is being killed, and its fighters are demoralized. Now is the time for the international community to unite and ensure that Daesh terrorists face justice. The United Kingdom will support the Iraqis to ensure Daesh are brought to justice on behalf of all of those who have suffered too long and indescribable pain.”

The Council resolution 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.

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.
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