Threats to International Peace and Security - Security Council, 9341st Meeting

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07-Jun-2023 01:38:01
Threats to International Peace and Security- Security Council

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Substantial investigative progress has been made into international crimes committed by Da’esh — including through digitization of physical evidence — the head of the United Nations team investigating that group’s crimes told the Security Council today, as speakers highlighted that accountability for Da’esh’s heinous crimes remains an important element of reconciliation in Iraq’s transition from conflict to stability.

Christian Ritscher, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), briefing the Council on the Team’s eighth report (document S/2023/367), said the purpose of UNITAD’s work in Iraq is to not simply establish a record for Da’esh crimes, but to hold that group’s members who committed such acts accountable.nbsp;

Underscoring that “there is no shortage of evidence on [Da’esh]’s crimes in Iraq”, as that group was a large-scale bureaucracy that documented and maintained a State-like administrative system, he said UNITAD aims to ensure that this evidence is admissible before any competent court, whether in Iraq or in other States where prosecutions of Da’esh members for international crimes are taking place.nbsp;

In the ensuing debate, numerous Council members commended UNITAD’s progress in its investigative priorities, including the launch of new lines of inquiry on the development and use of biological and chemical weapons; the destruction of cultural and religious heritage; and crimes committed against different Iraqi communities.nbsp;

The meeting began at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 11:42 a.m.
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