Genocide in Iraq: UN Watch to Launch UN Appeal by MPs, Human Rights Activists, at Rally in Geneva Tomorrow
Iraqi Yazidi and Christian leaders to unite with UN Watch supporters at Geneva’s Place des Nations on Tuesday, 1 pm; click here for details
GENEVA, August 18, 2014 – In response to shocking reports of mass slaughter and rape by the Islamic State in Iraq against numerous minority groups, UN Watch will hold a rally in front of the UN Human Rights Council tomorrow, featuring Yazidi and Christian leaders from Iraq, to launch an appeal for world action signed by parliamentarians and human rights activists around the globe.
The appeal will call for a UNHRC emergency special session to protect the right to life of vulnerable Iraqi communities now in very grave danger.
APPEAL FOR UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL EMERGENCY SESSION ON IRAQ
- Islamic State militants destroyed a half dozen of places of worship, including a 14th century mosque in Mosul. Desperate to save their holy sites, residents of one town formed a human chain around an 840-year-old minaret to save it from the Islamic State militants.
- The UN Special Rapporteur on minorities expressed grave concern for the safety of Christians, Shia, Shabaks, Turkmen, Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq facing persecution on the grounds of their religion and ethnicity.
- The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons stressed that the ongoing conflict has already displaced some 1.2 million people, mostly minority members who have fled the northwest of Iraq.
It is unconscionable for the world’s highest human rights body—which is pledged, under UNGA Resolution 60/251, to prevent human rights violations and respond promptly to human rights emergencies—to continue turning a blind eye to the massacre, abuse, and intimidation of Iraqi civilians.
2. Establish an urgent, international and independent Fact Finding Mission to investigate the Islamic State for acts committed to destroy, in whole or in part, various national, ethnic, racial and religious groups in Iraq, constituting genocide as defined in the Genocide Convention, and to recommend urgent action to the UN Security Council, as well as to ensure individual accountability before the International Criminal Court; and