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The Head of the team tasked with investigating crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq told the Security Council that "only by prosecuting and referring such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to deliver justice to the many victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD):
“The crimes committed by ISIL constitute some of the most gruesome acts we have seen in recent history. Individuals responsible for such acts must be identified and ultimately tried and convicted for their crimes at the national and the international level. Only by prosecuting and referring such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to deliver justice to the many victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard. Only by remaining impartial and servicing all affected communities can we contribute to broader reconciliation processes in Iraq.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD):
“UNITAD believes that it is essential to seize every opportunity to hold ISIL perpetrators accountable for core international crimes committed in Iraq, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. There are ongoing discussions within Iraq to adopt the necessary legal framework to deal with ISIL crimes as core international crimes before Iraqi courts. UNITAD stands ready to provide technical advice and to work with the Iraqi Council of Representatives, as well as the judiciary going forward. We hope that there will be positive developments within the coming months, and we call on the international community to support Iraq and these efforts especially.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“UNITAD's mission is not complete, if it stops at gathering, preserving and storing evidence without allowing for the use of this evidence in national legal contexts. The eighth report mentions that the team has finalized its investigations in four major cases. The progress in the Team's work and in collecting evidence in these four cases, provides an important opportunity which UNITAD should use by submitting the evidence to be used in national trials to prosecute ISIL’s members responsible for these crimes.”
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STORYLINE:

The Head of the team tasked with investigating crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq today (8 Jun) told the Security Council that "only by prosecuting and referring such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to deliver justice to the many victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard."

Christian Ritscher, who is the Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) said, “the crimes committed by ISIL constitute some of the most gruesome acts we have seen in recent history. Individuals responsible for such acts must be identified and ultimately tried and convicted for their crimes at the national and the international level. Only by prosecuting and referring such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to deliver justice to the many victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard. Only by remaining impartial and servicing all affected communities can we contribute to broader reconciliation processes in Iraq.”

Presenting his report to the Council, Ritscher said, “UNITAD believes that it is essential to seize every opportunity to hold ISIL perpetrators accountable for core international crimes committed in Iraq, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide” and noted that there are “ongoing discussions within Iraq to adopt the necessary legal framework to deal with ISIL crimes as core international crimes before Iraqi courts. UNITAD stands ready to provide technical advice and to work with the Iraqi Council of Representatives, as well as the judiciary going forward.”

He expressed hope “that there will be positive developments” within the coming months and called on the international community “to support Iraq and these efforts especially.”

For his part, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, said, “UNITAD's mission is not complete, if it stops at gathering, preserving and storing evidence without allowing for the use of this evidence in national legal contexts.”

UNITAD’s report, he noted, “mentions that the team has finalized its investigations in four major cases” and added that “progress in the Team's work and in collecting evidence in these four cases, provides an important opportunity which UNITAD should use by submitting the evidence to be used in national trials to prosecute ISIL’s members responsible for these crimes.”

UNITAD was created by resolution 2379 of 21 September 2017, which requested that the Secretary-General establish an investigative team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable “by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.”

Resolution 2597, which was adopted on 17 September 2021, extended UNITAD’s mandate until 17 September this year.
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