The UN determined that the Islamic State committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against Christians in Iraq

Members of the Islamic State hold the flag of ISIS

Evidence collected in Iraq strengthens preliminary findings that Islamic State extremists they committed Crimes against humanity and war crimes against Christian community after they seized nearly a third of the country in 2014, an investigative team from the UN in a report that circulated Thursday.

The report to UN Security Council highlights that the crimes included the forcible removal and persecution of Christians, the seizure of their property, participation in sexual violence, slavery and other “inhumane acts”, such as forced conversions and destruction of cultural and religious sites.

In addition, the team said it identified prominent leaders and members of the Islamic State who participated in the attack and seizure of three predominantly Christian towns —Hamdaniyah, Karamlays Y Bartella— on the plains of Nineveh in July and August 2014. It also began collecting evidence about crimes committed against the Christian community in mosul.

The fighters of the group also known as isis Y daesh seized Iraqi cities and declared a caliphate over a large swath of territory Syria and Iraq in 2014. The extremist group was formally defeated in Iraq in 2017 after a bloody battle that left thousands dead and cities in ruins, but its sleeper cells continue to stage attacks in different parts of Iraq.

The 26-page report was released by the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for the Crimes of the Islamic State in Iraq.

The United Nations Security Council assembly meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, USA
The assembly of the United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, United States (DAVID DEE DELGADO /)

The team updated their research on the development and use of chemical weapons and biological by extremists, attacks against yazidi communities Y sunnithe mass execution of prisoners and detainees in the prison of badushnear Mosul, in June 2014, and the crimes in Tikrit Y its surroundings.

The report says that the team led by christian ritscher found evidence of payments to the families of Islamic State members killed in the deployment of chemical weapons and records of payments to train operatives in the use of chemical weapons and devices to disperse such weapons.

As for the destruction of cultural and religious sites, the team said it has extended its investigations to different Iraqi communities, focusing on various areas of Nineveh and Mosul.

Regarding attacks against the community yazidi in Sinjarthe team noted that it expanded the list of identified perpetrators to currently include the names of 2,181 people, including 156 foreign fighters.

The UN investigation into the mass execution of detainees at Badush prison on June 10-11, 2014 is continuing, the team said, including additional interviews with witnesses and survivors.

(With information from AP)

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