Mandate of UN probe team for IS crimes in Iraq extended


United Nations, Sep 18 (IANS) The Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of a UN investigative team for crimes committed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq.

Resolution 2597, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member Council on Friday, will extend the mandate of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State (UNITAD) for a year, till September 17, 2022, Xinhua news agency.

“Any further extension of UNITAD’s mandate will be decided at the request of the Iraqi government or any other government that has requested the team to collect evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, committed by the IS in its territory,” says the resolution.

The resolution requests the special adviser, who heads UNITAD, to continue to submit and present reports to the Security Council on the team’s activities every 180 days.

UNITAD was authorised by the Council in September 2017 to support Iraq’s efforts in holding the IS accountable for the crimes the terrorist group committed in the country.

The team became fully operational in November 2019.



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