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UN charges ISIS with genocide

16 de junho de 2016

The accusation comes as a report by Brazil’s Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro calls for Security Council intervention on behalf of the Yazidi minority.

Geneva – This Thursday (16), the United Nations (UN) charged the self-denominated Islamic State for the first time ever, on counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The accusations were brought by Brazil’s Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

In his report, Pinheiro called for the Islamic State’s actions to be brought before international courts, and for the Security Council to come to the rescue of religious minority Yazidi, one of the most affected by the armed faction. Pinheiro’s report is being made available to prosecutors in Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State control the most territories, in the event that they might want to take legal action against the group in local courts.

The inheritors of a tradition that dates back over a thousand years, the Yazidi are considered “infidels” by ISIS fighters. The UN estimates that some 400,000 Yazidis lived in Syria and Iraq as of August 2014, but thousands have been kidnapped, tortured, sold or killed.

*Via Agência Brasil. Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum