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Iraq: UN - Probe points to genocide against Yazidis

Saturday 21 March 2015, by siawi3


GENEVA, March 20, 2015

Islamic State (IS) jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, U.N. investigators said on Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The U.N. human rights office published a horrifying report describing killings, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers by the extremists, suggesting they may be guilty of “war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.â€

The report, based on interviews with more than 100 witnesses and survivors of attacks in Iraq between June 2014 and February 2015, especially highlights brutal IS attacks on the Yazidis.

IS, which controls a swathe of territory in Iraq and neighbouring Syria, launched a series of systematic and widespread attacks on the Yazidi minority’s heartland in the northern Nineveh province last August.

“These attacks were aimed at destroying the Yazidi as a group,†said Suki Nagra, head of investigation, suggesting IS was guilty of “genocide†against the minority. — AFP