Iraq unsure if UN help needed to probe Islamic State crimes

By REUTERS
March 11, 2017 01:16
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Iraq is assessing what help it might need to collect and preserve evidence of Islamic State crimes, but has not yet decided whether it needs United Nations assistance, the country's UN Ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, said on Friday.

Britain is drafting a UN Security Council resolution to establish a U.N. investigation to collect and preserve evidence for future prosecution, but would like Iraq to approve such a move by sending a letter formally requesting council action.

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, pushed Iraq on Thursday to allow a UN inquiry.

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