Human Rights Council opens Special Session on the Human Rights situation in Iraq 1 September 2014


United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that over one million people had fled their homes in terror from the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL). Christian, Yezidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Kaka’e, Sabaeans and Shi’a communities were being targeted through particularly brutal persecution, as ISIL ruthlessly carried out what might amount to ethnic and religious cleansing in areas under its control. The systematic and intentional attacks on civilians may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ms. Pansieri stressed the primary responsibility of the Government for the protection of all persons on its territory. The international community must also intensify its efforts to protect all Iraqis, including by supporting the Kurdistan Regional Government in its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons