Iraq Yazidi minority urge ICC genocide investigation
Iraq Yazidi minority urge ICC genocide investigation

[JURIST] Members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority [NYT backgrounder] on Thursday submitted a report [ICC Observer report] to the International Criminal Court [official website] detailing the crimes committed against their community by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and urged the court to open an investigation. The Yazidi group met with chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in The Hague and said the actions taken by IS since August 2014 in Northern Iraq constituted religious genocide against their people. The report includes statements made by human rights organizations which have concluded that IS targets Yazidi people on religious grounds and the UN statement [press release] that IS attacks on the Yazidi group may amount to genocide. Former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said [Reuters report] the court should open preliminary examinations. Although Iraq is not a party to the ICC Rome Statute [text, PDF], the court could prosecute IS members who are nationals of signatory states.

IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has caused increasing international alarm over its human rights abuses [JURIST report] since its insurgence into Syria and Iraq in 2013. In February the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly released a report [JURIST report] detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of IS.