GENEVA / ISIL

19-Mar-2015 00:02:29
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes – namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – according to a report issued by the UN Human Rights Office. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / ISIL
TRT: 02:29
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, ecterior of Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to Iraq:
“No community has been spared in Iraq from ISIL’s violence including the Yezidis, Christians, Turkmens, Sabea-Mendeans, Kaka’e, Kurds, Shi’a and indeed the Sunni. Essentially what we’re seeing is the rich ethnic and religious diversity in Iraq that’s been shattered completely.”
4. Med shot, journalists taking notes
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to Iraq:
“On attacks against the Yezidi in particular, we found that there was a manifest pattern of killing that caused serious bodily and mental harm and also involved the forced transfer of children. These attacks were aimed at destroying the Yezidi as a group, and this is why we say that Genocide may have been perpetrated by ISIL.”
6. Med shot, journalist listening
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to Iraq:
“We found a consistent pattern where men and boys over the age of 14 were separated from women. They were taken to locations where they were summarily executed.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ms. Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to Iraq:
“Witnesses reported attacks on girls as young as 6 and 9 years old and this involved repeated rape, sexual abuse and as I mentioned selling of girls and transfer of girls.”
10. Med shot, journalist
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ms. Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to Iraq:
“Boys as young as 8 were forced to convert to Islam; they were trained in how to use weapons; they were forced to watch beheadings they told us several times and when they resisted they were beaten. A young child told us, when he was being trained, this is your initiation in jihad. You have to be strong because you’ll do this when you go to jihad for the Islamic State. And he was told ‘you’re an Islamic State boy now’.”
12. Med shot, journalists taking notes
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mr. Hanny Megally, Chief of Asia, Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch, UN Human Rights Office:
“Clearly international war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide appear to have been committed during this conflict. The genocide part relates particularly to the Yezidis.”
14. Wide shot, journalists taking notes
STORYLINE
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes – namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – according to a report issued by the UN Human Rights Office on Thursday (19 Mar).

The report, compiled by an investigation team sent to the region by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights late last year, draws on in-depth interviews with more than 100 people who witnessed or survived attacks in Iraq between June 2014 and February 2015. It documents a wide range of violations by ISIL against numerous ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, some of which, it says, may amount to genocide.

It also highlights violations, including killings, torture and abductions, allegedly carried out by the Iraqi Security Forces and associated militia groups.

The report found widespread abuses committed by ISIL include killings, torture, rape and sexual slavery, forced religious conversions and the conscription of children. All of these, it says, amount to violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some may constitute crimes against humanity and/ or may amount to war crimes.

The head of the investigation mission to Iraq Suki Nagra said there was a “manifest pattern of killing that caused serious bodily and mental harm and also involved the forced transfer of children” in the case of the Yezidis. She added that “these attacks were aimed at destroying the Yezidi as a group, and this is why we say that Genocide may have been perpetrated by ISIL.”

The investigation team also received information from numerous sources who alleged that Iraqi Security Forces and affiliated militia had committed serious human rights violations during their counter-offensive operations against ISIL.

The report adds that it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that all organized armed forces, groups and units are placed under a command responsible for the conduct of its subordinates. It called on the Iraqi Government to investigate all crimes outlined in the report and bring the perpetrators to justice.
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