UNAMI: More than 200 mass graves left behind by ISIS in Iraq

November 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Ninawa- A mass grave found in Mosul, February 2018 photo: Amy Christian/ Oxfam

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), in a report published on Tuesday November 6, indicated that ISIS terrorist group has left more than 200 mass graves in northern and western areas of Iraq held by the terror group between 2014 and 2017.

The report said, “The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN Human Rights Office have documented the existence of 202 mass grave sites in the governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Anbar”.

However the report warned that “more mass graves could be uncovered in the months to come”.

Between June 2014 and December 2017, ISIS seized large areas of Iraq and led “a campaign of widespread violence and systematic violations of international human rights and humanitarian law – acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide,” the report states.

Ján Kubiš, the UN Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq said, “The mass grave sites documented in our report are a testament to harrowing human loss, profound suffering and shocking cruelty.”

Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated that, “ISIS’s horrific crimes in Iraq have left the headlines but the trauma of the victims’ families endures, with thousands of women, men and children still unaccounted for.”

Kubiš said the report was aimed at supporting the Government of Iraq in protecting and excavating these mass graves, through the work of Iraq’s Mass Graves Directorate and its international partners. 

The report also calls on the international community to provide resources and technical support to efforts related to the exhumation, collection, transportation, storage and return of human remains to families, as well as their identification, particularly by helping strengthen the Mass Graves Directorate.

ISIS controlled large swathes in Iraq in 2014, during which the terror group committed numerous crimes including mass killings, kidnappings and enslavement of women.

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