GENEVA / IRAQ HUMAN RIGHTS

04-Dec-2015 00:01:42
There are reports of increasing human rights violations and abuses committed against Sunni Arab communities in parts of Iraq that have been reclaimed from ISIL or ISIS, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / IRAQ HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 01:42
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 4 DECEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Aerial shot, flags at Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“There are reports of increasing human rights violations and abuses committed against Sunni Arab communities in parts of Iraq that have been reclaimed from ISIL. Reports indicate that Iraqi security forces, Kurdish security forces and their respective affiliated militias have been responsible for looting and destruction of property belonging to the Sunni Arab communities, forced evictions, abductions, illegal detention and in some cases, extra-judicial killings.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Sunni Arab communities have also faced increasing discrimination, harassment and violence from other ethnic and religious groups who accuse them of supporting ISIL.”
6. Med shot, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Individuals suspected of being disloyal or of not conforming to the ideology of the group continue to be targeted, and there are reports of kidnappings and the burning and beheading of civilians.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We urge the government of Iraq to investigate all human rights violations and abuses, including those committed against the Arab Sunni communities, to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.”
10. Med shots, journalists
STORYLINE
There are reports of increasing human rights violations and abuses committed against Sunni Arab communities in parts of Iraq that have been reclaimed from ISIL or ISIS, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The reports suggest that Iraqi security forces, Kurdish security forces and their respective affiliated militias have been responsible for looting and destroying property belonging to the Sunni Arab communities.

There are also reports of forced evictions, abductions, illegal detention and, in some cases, extra-judicial killings.

Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says: “Sunni Arab communities have also faced increasing discrimination, harassment and violence from other ethnic and religious groups who accuse them of supporting ISIL.”

It is believed that some Sunni Arab communities also have limited access to basic needs, such as water, food, shelter and medical care.

There are particular concerns about the situation of some 1,300 Sunni Arab Iraqis stuck near Sinjar in the no-man's-land between Kurdish security forces and ISIL.

Ms. Pouilly says that gross human rights violations continue to be documented in ISIL-controlled areas: “Individuals suspected of disloyalty or of not conforming to the ideology of the group continue to be targeted, and there are reports of kidnappings and the burning and beheading of civilians.”

In addition, there are reports that some 16 mass graves containing the bodies of individuals murdered by ISIL have been discovered in Sinjar.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging the government of Iraq to investigate all human rights violations and abuses, including those committed against the Arab Sunni communities, to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.
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