U.N. investigators eye 160 Islamic State militants over Yazidi massacres

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UNITED NATIONS (Information) – United Nations investigators have thus far recognized 160 Islamic State militants accused of massacres of Yazidis in northern Iraq in 2014 and are constructing authorized circumstances towards them, the pinnacle of the crew instructed the U.N. Safety Council on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Displaced folks from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar city, stroll in the direction of the Syrian border on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain close to the Syrian border city of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate on this August 11, 2014. Information/Rodi Stated/File Photograph

The U.N. investigative crew, created by the U.N. Safety Council, began work a 12 months in the past to gather and protect proof for future prosecution of acts by Islamic State in Iraq that could be conflict crimes, crimes towards humanity or genocide.

“In relation to the Yazidi neighborhood alone, the crimes that focused them, we’ve recognized over 160 perpetrators of massacres towards the Yazidis … and we’re focusing our work to construct stable circumstances hopefully in relation to every of these that could be offered to home courts,” stated Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the U.N. crew.

U.N. specialists warned in June 2016 that Islamic State was committing genocide towards the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the minority non secular neighborhood by way of killings, sexual slavery and different crimes.

Islamic State militants take into account the Yazidis to be devil-worshippers. The Yazidi religion has components of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam.

Nadia Murad, who gained the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to finish the usage of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney performed a key position in pushing for the U.N. investigative crew. Murad is a Yazidi lady who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in 2014.

Islamic State overran the Yazidi religion’s heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in 2014, forcing younger girls into servitude as “wives” for its fighters and massacring males and older girls.

Yazidi survivor Kachi, whose full title was withheld to guard him, addressed the U.N. Safety Council on Tuesday.

“After capturing at us, ISIL members left to a different place. I discovered myself underneath a pile of useless our bodies,” he instructed the council. “After I opened my eyes I noticed three of my brothers. They have been subsequent to me. They have been useless. So have been my nephews and my cousins.”

He stated his spouse and daughters have been kidnapped and bought as slaves and that he had misplaced some 75 members of his household.

“5 years have handed and I can nonetheless hear my spouse and my daughters screaming when the members of ISIL kidnapped them. I can even hear the voice of my daughter Lara, who was three months outdated when she handed away in captivity due to thirst and starvation,” Kachi stated.

He stated the Yazidis now need justice.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Modifying by Tom Brown