UN / DAESH ISIL CRIMES IRAQ

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The Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL – otherwise known as UNITAD – Christian Ritscher, in his briefing to the Security Council said, “ISIL perpetrators who committed heinous mass atrocities against Iraqi citizens must not remain unpunished wherever they try to hide.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

04 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, the Head of UNITAD, Christian Ritscher, addressing Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“It has always been our goal to close impunity gaps throughout the world. ISIL perpetrators who committed heinous mass atrocities against Iraqi citizens must not remain unpunished wherever they try to hide.”
5. Wide shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“With regard to ISIL foreign fighters who have returned to their countries of origin; ISIL spouses who claim they had no idea about ISIL’s reign of terror, or perpetrators who have fled Iraq to seek safe haven abroad - the large number of ISIL perpetrators around the globe will only fuel this demand. We must not forget that many of those perpetrators were very young when committing their crimes and may face investigation and charges for international crimes in the decades to come.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“We must ensure that those who had the courage to speak-up against ISIL crimes are not let down or left behind; We must make certain that their security is assured, that they are protected, and that the trauma they have endured because of what they have experienced and seen can be addressed; And we must ensure that those who have not spoken up yet, but want to exercise their right to come forward, can do so of their own accord in a safe and welcoming forum.”
9. Wide shot, delegates
10. Wide shot, Iraqi Ambassador Abbas Kadhom Obaid Al-Fatlawi addressing Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abbas Kadhom Obaid Al-Fatlawi, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“We reiterate our firm position on the extension of the mandate for only one year - and I repeat only one year - for the final time that ends in September 2024. Therefore, the government of Iraq continues to attach importance to implement the mandate for the final year and leading to his closure and during this final year. All evidence must be provided. Whether those acquired by the team or those received from Iraq and developed using advanced technology, handing over all this evidence to the Iraqi government.”
12. Wide shot, end of meeting

STORYLINE:

The Special Advisor and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL – otherwise known as UNITAD – Christian Ritscher, in his briefing to the Security Council today (4 Dec) said, “ISIL perpetrators who committed heinous mass atrocities against Iraqi citizens must not remain unpunished wherever they try to hide.”

Presenting the 11th report detailing the Team’s work over the past six months, Ritscher underscored that his team has significantly contributed to convictions of ISIL defendants throughout the world.

He noted the “large number” of “ISIL foreign fighters who have returned to their countries of origin; ISIL spouses who claim they had no idea about ISIL’s reign of terror, or perpetrators who have fled Iraq to seek safe haven abroad,” and said, “we must not forget that many of those perpetrators were very young when committing their crimes, and may face investigation and charges for international crimes in the decades to come.”

Ritscher said, “we must ensure that those who had the courage to speak-up against ISIL crimes are not let down or left behind; We must make certain that their security is assured, that they are protected, and that the trauma they have endured because of what they have experienced and seen can be addressed; And we must ensure that those who have not spoken up yet, but want to exercise their right to come forward, can do so of their own accord in a safe and welcoming forum.”

In his address to the Council, Iraqi Ambassador Abbas Kadhom Obaid Al-Fatlawi, reiterated the Iraqi Government “firm position” that the extension of UNITAD’s mandate must be “for only one year,” expiring in September 2024.

Al-Fatlawi said, “the government of Iraq continues to attach importance to implement the mandate for the final year and leading to his closure and during this final year. All evidence must be provided. Whether those acquired by the team or those received from Iraq and developed using advanced technology, handing over all this evidence to the Iraqi government.”

Between June 2014 and December 2017, ISIL captured, controlled and operated over large swathes of territory in Iraq, committing grave abuses of international human rights law, international criminal law and international humanitarian law — acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

On 9 August 2017, the Government of Iraq called upon the international community to assist in ensuring that ISIL members are held accountable for their crimes in Iraq (S/2017/710). The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2379 (2017), by which it requested the Secretary-General to establish an investigative team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that might amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Iraq.

Pursuant to this resolution, the Secretary-General established the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and appointed the first Special Adviser and Head of the Team effective 31 May 2018.

The Special Adviser and Head of UNITAD is required to submit to the Council reports of its activities every 180 days.
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