Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – Crimes committed by the Da’esh terror network in Iraq constitute some of the “most gruesome acts we have seen in recent history”, the UN Special Advisor reminded the Security Council.
Christian Ritscher, who also heads the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), upheld that those responsible must be identified, tried, and convicted “at the national and international level.”
“Only by prosecuting and referring to such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to deliver justice to the many victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard,” he said.
Despite COVID challenges, over the past six months the UNITAD chief reported “great progress.”
“We have continued to deliver accountability outcomes for survivors and their families, strengthened partnerships in Iraq and throughout the world, and have stepped up our pursuit of accountability and justice for ISIL’s international crimes.”