UN Backs Inquiry of ISIL Group’s Alleged Crimes in Iraq
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The UN’s top human rights body approved the Iraqi government’s request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and Iraq.
Diplomats agreed by unanimous consent to approve a nearly $1.2 million (€930,000) UN fact-finding mission at a daylong special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council.
Iraq’s request for the UN to investigate alleged abuses by the extremist group was included in a resolution that more broadly condemns the group’s severe tactics but also calls on Iraq’s government to protect human rights.
Its aim is to provide the Geneva-based council with a report and evidence next March that could shed further light on Iraqi atrocities and be used as part of any international war crimes prosecution.