UN / IRAQ ISIL

02-Dec-2021 00:03:33
Following the conviction of a former ISIL member by a German court, the Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD), Christian Ritscher, told the Security Council that “we can now envision a new landscape in which those who believe themselves out of reach of justice are held accountable in a court of law.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / IRAQ ISIL
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 02 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

02 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Head, United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“Through the establishment of structural case briefs addressing crimes committed against all impacted communities in Iraq; though the development of detailed case files tying the actions of specific ISIL members to these crimes; and by harnessing advanced technology to serve these purposes, we can now envision a new landscape in which those who believe themselves out of reach of justice are held accountable in a court of law.”
4. Med shot, Mexico representative
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Head, United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“Forensic analysis of battlefield evidence made available to us by Iraqi authorities has shown that ISIL’s development and deployment of chemical weapons was not an opportunist exploitation of fortunate circumstances. It was a strategic priority implemented in line with a long-term vision. Our evidence shows that ISIL clearly identified and then seized chemical weapon production factories and other sources of precursor material, while also overtaking the University of Mosul campus as a hub for research and development.”
6. Med shot, Council President
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Head, United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“The results can be seen on more than 3,000 victims of chemical weapons attacks carried out by ISIL that out team has identified to date. Investigations in relations to attacks in Taza Khurmatu show the successful use of multiple rocket artillery projectiles containing a sulphur mustard agent. Medical records from local hospital facilities show children and adults submitted for burns, skin infections, and respiratory problems as well as long-term effect including harms to reproductive health of both men and women, birth defects, miscarriages, stillbirths, and long-term health consequences for children born to exposed parents.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Ritscher, Head, United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD):
“For the first time, the Yazidi community has seen an ISIL member prosecuted in a court of law for the genocidal acts committed against them. The words of Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and Nobel Prize laureate, following the judgement yesterday, should underline our collective responsibility as we continue this work. I quote: When survivors seek justice, they look for someone to give them hope that justice is possible.”
10. Med shot, Iraqi Ambassador
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr AlUloom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“Our government's position on terrorism has not changed. We continue to do what needs to be done to put an end to this dangerous scourge. My government is aiming to strengthen the capacity of the relevant authorities fighting terrorism and the judicial system in accordance with human rights principles and in accordance with our international commitments and also our commitments to Iraqi national constitution.”
12. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Following the conviction of a former ISIL member by a German court, the Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD), Christian Ritscher, today (2 (Dec) told the Security Council that “we can now envision a new landscape in which those who believe themselves out of reach of justice are held accountable in a court of law.”

Ritscher said this is being accomplished “through the establishment of structural case briefs addressing crimes committed against all impacted communities in Iraq; though the development of detailed case files tying the actions of specific ISIL members to these crimes; and by harnessing advanced technology to serve these purposes.”

The UN official told the Council that “forensic analysis of battlefield evidence made available to us by Iraqi authorities has shown that ISIL’s development and deployment of chemical weapons was not an opportunist exploitation of fortunate circumstances. It was a strategic priority implemented in line with a long-term vision.”

He said, “our evidence shows that ISIL clearly identified and then seized chemical weapon production factories and other sources of precursor material, while also overtaking the University of Mosul campus as a hub for research and development.”

The results of this, he added, “can be seen on more than 3,000 victims of chemical weapons attacks carried out by ISIL that out team has identified to date.”

Ritscher said, “investigations in relations to attacks in Taza Khurmatu show the successful use of multiple rocket artillery projectiles containing a sulphur mustard agent. Medical records from local hospital facilities show children and adults submitted for burns, skin infections, and respiratory problems as well as long-term effect including harms to reproductive health of both men and women, birth defects, miscarriages, stillbirths, and long-term health consequences for children born to exposed parents.”

He told the Council that following the judgement yesterday by the German court, “for the first time, the Yazidi community has seen an ISIL member prosecuted in a court of law for the genocidal acts committed against them.”

He quoted Yazidi survivor and Nobel Prize laureate Nadia Murad and said, “When survivors seek justice, they look for someone to give them hope that justice is possible.”

The Frankfurt regional court gave a life sentence to Taha al-Jumailly, a former member of the ISIL found responsible in the death of a five-year-old girl bought as a slave and then left to die.

For his part, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr AlUloomtold the Council that the Iraqi government's position on terrorism “has not changed.”

He said, “we continue to do what needs to be done to put an end to this dangerous scourge. My government is aiming to strengthen the capacity of the relevant authorities fighting terrorism and the judicial system in accordance with human rights principles and in accordance with our international commitments and also our commitments to Iraqi national constitution.”
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