ERBIL — The UN Security Council passed a new resolution on Wednesday, supporting the investigation of crimes committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
The resolution was drafted by the United Kingdom and Iraq, and was supported by all 15 members of the UN Security Council without any major amendments to be made, TASS reported.
The document requests the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to form an investigation team, head by a special adviser, which would support Iraq's domestic efforts to hold the detained IS militants accountable for their crimes against humanity, including genocide. The team will be formed for the period of two years and will include Iraqi lawyers, specialists in crime detention and other international experts.
In addition, the resolution pointed out that the Investigation Team should be impartial, independent and credible, as well as operating with "full respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and its jurisdiction over crimes committed in its territory." However, all collected evidence against the IS militants will be available for other countries to carry out their own criminal probes as well.