Iraq appeals for international help to defeat ISIL

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August 2014, Dahuk, Iraq: These people escaped Sinjar Mountain, making their way the Iraq’s Kurdish region where authorities and aid groups are scaling-up their response efforts. Credit: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

Iraq is appealing to the international community to take concerted efforts to end acts of violence and terrorism being committed by the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, ISIL.

Speaking at a special session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Iraq’s Human Rights minister, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani chronicled a list of horrific atrocities carried out by the militants in various parts of Iraq, saying they exceeded all other violent acts committed by all other terrorist organizations.

He said Mosul, one of the Iraqi cities under the control of the militant group had a long history of religious, ethnic diversity and co-existence before it was struck by what he described as “tsunami of hate, vengeance, violence, extremism, and other actions that many amount to crimes against humanity”.

Mr. Al Sudani said members of ISIL must be held accountable for the human rights violations they have committed regardless of their nationality.

"From this rostrum, I call on all countries of the world to take a responsible stand in line with international conventions and instruments and humanitarian principles and values to take concerted action and offer the required support. The so-called ISIS is not an Iraqi phenomenon. It is a transnational organization that is an imminent danger for all countries of the world. It defies all human rights principles and international laws. We have great confidence that this Council will be able to play a significant role in supporting the government of Iraq and people of Iraq with the full spectrum of assistance to deliver it from terrorism and its consequences. This organization must be criminalized and its acts must be criminalized because they amount to crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity. Their members, who have perpetrated their crimes must be held accountable, regardless of their nationality. Their movement must be curbed."

Minister Al Sudani called for the freezing and confiscation of ISIL assets and the destruction of their military capacity.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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