Iraqi president urges faster documentation of Islamic State crimes in Iraq

Iraqi President Barham Salih met on Monday with UN Special Adviser Karim Khan in Baghdad

Baghdad ( – Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday stressed the importance of speeding up the documentation of crimes committed by the terrorist Islamic State group in Iraq, indicating that Iraqis of all sects suffered from the brutality of the terrorist organization.

The president made the remarks during a meeting at As Salam Palace in Baghdad with Karim Khan, the UN Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team concerned with collecting evidence of Islamic State crimes, Salih’s media office said in a statement.

During the meeting, Salih praised the important role played by the international organization to stay in touch with Iraqi authorities and civil society organizations “to document the crimes of murder, oppression and captivity inflicted by the Iraqi people at the hands of the terrorist Islamic State gangs” and to assist the survivors.

He further reiterated the need to accelerate the collection and preservation of evidence of Islamic State crimes against the Iraqis, which amounted to genocide, and to bring those involved in such crimes to specialized international courts.

Sileh called for stepping up the level of joint cooperation to ensure credible and comprehensive investigations into IS crimes that meet international standards.

For his part, Khan spoke of the efforts exerted by the UN to investigate and document the crimes committed by the terrorist Islamic State group against the Iraqi people and to stay in contact with the survivors and civil society organizations for this purpose.

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