UN persecuted Christians

UN recognizes that Christians have been victims of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Iraq

In a report, the United Nations investigative team responsible for promoting accountability for crimes committed by the Islamic State group denounces the persecution of Christians.

The United Nations investigative team responsible for promoting accountability for crimes committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq has just released its report to the UN Security Council.

The experts said, in words echoed by Associated Press, that evidence gathered in Iraq supports preliminary findings that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Christian community beginning in 2014.

They report the persecution of Christians, the seizure of their property, sexual violence, slavery and other "inhumane acts", including forced conversions and the destruction of cultural and religious sites.

The experts mean by Islamic State group, also the other denominations, namely, Daesh and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

An advanced training course on international humanitarian aid and international criminal law has just taken place in Nuremberg, Germany for 19 members of the Iraqi judiciary.

"The goal of our joint work is to hold members of ISIL, those who have committed such heinous international crimes, accountable through evidence-based trials before the competent courts," says Christian Ritsche, head of the UN team, before specifying, "UNITAD will continue to work in partnership with Iraq to ensure that we are moving towards the achievement of this objective".

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